dad was right

While trying to prepare for my journey, I joined a group on Couchsurfing to discuss the northern route of the pilgrimage. There I met a german guy who was starting the camino at the same time and place, so we decided to start out the journey together.

When I told my dad about it, his first question was, “how do you know if you´ll even WANT to walk together once you meet?” My somewhat arrogant response was that I get along with most anyone and that we´ll be fine unless he´s abosuletly ridiculously obnoxious – which I found to be very unlikely. My dad´s said something to the effect of, “how long does it take to know whether someone´s annoying in Spanish?” (since we planned to speak only spanish the entire time). I just passed the comment off as nothing.

Well… retrospect, Dad is wiser and less pessimistic than I gave him credit for. Fernando and I met at Casa Baraca when I arrived (he´d already been there a day and a half). He´s a wonderful person through and through…but he´s somewhat hyperactive and definitely somewhat obnoxious. Ok, maybe more than somewhat.

But he´s one of those people whose heart is so bent towards serving others that you simply can´t fault him for it. He´s very much into natural healing, and is constantly teaching me and everyone we meet certain hand/body combinations (dont ask, because really i´m not sure what it´s all about) that are supposed to heal certain things.

I´m so glad we´re only speaking spanish. For two reasons. One, because my Spanish both speech AND comprehension have improved DRASTICALLY during our two days together. He talks absolutely incessantly – which would drive me batty if it were in english – but since it´s in Spanish and I´m constantly learning it´s actually quite nice. And two, his constant speech makes the hours walking much more bareable.

Oh Fernando….constant entertainment – that´s for sure! 🙂


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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
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