heaven and hell in 36 hours

in the albergue in santander (beeeeeaaaauuuuutiful city!! and the best ice cream i´ve had in spain…) i encountered my first bad experience with anyone having to do with the camino. the gentleman working there was really really not a happy person. from the moment i arrived i was chastized. for arriving so late (8pm), for having a different stamp in my credencial, for walking so slowly and not having stamps for every city, for wanting to leave the hostel to get food (even though it´s absolutely allowed until 10:30. the list goes on.

the next morning he yelled at a mom and daughter because the daughter was sitting on her mom´s bed waiting for the bathroom to free. “one to each bed!!!!” he screamed at them in spanish. which they didn´t understand. ug. not a happy person, poor man.

the walk was a pretty one. i took a couple shortcuts – over train bridges instead of walking the 9 km to find a pedestrian bridge. not exactly legal, but this is spain. 😉

i had planned to stop after aout 25 km, but somehow missed the albergue and ended up in the next town. so all-in-all i ended up at some albergue in the middle of NOWHERE after about 35km. crrrrrazy. talk about sore legs/hips/shoulders/feet. ug! i could hardly walk!!

but get this…i walk in the door and the woman hands me a glass of fresh juice – she´d seen me coming down the road. the man filled a bucket of water, vinegar, and salt and forced me to soak my feet and then proceeded to massage them!!! had i died and gone to heaven!? and this morning after we had breakfast they sent me off with a MASSIVE bag of plumbs from the tree in the yard. massive.

huge difference between those just work to work and the people who love what they do and the people they encounter along the way.


1 Response to “heaven and hell in 36 hours”

  1. 1 julie July 3, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I like that they washed your feet. Such a humbling and beautiful thing to do!

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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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