Be patient, our walking starts today, but I have a whole day previous to reflect on. Early starts seem to be a revthreads trademark with day 1 starting at 6am, not too early you may think but that was after traveling from Australia and finally going to bed at 1am so the journey to Santiago was a tiring one, but there were laughter and tears, the tears through pure laughter. Mr Revthreads has a big concern about rolling of the ankle during the walking so STOP, DROP and ROLL took on a whole new angle which left me in tears of laughter at passport control with Beany and Andy in fits of giggles. Anywho we finally get our luggage and meet Jesus our driver who would drive us to our starting point, Albergue de Magdalena in Sarria, 111km along the Camino.
The countryside is beautiful, it’s lush green landscape and houses dotted around with villages popping up intermittently along the way. Walkers appeared every so often, which left you thinking how their journey had been, what had they experienced. There were lone walkers, one of whom looked like he had done far more than the 111km we were about to commence, his pack on wheels, his walking sticks helping with the load, his eyes fixed on the path ahead. The young girls, with iPhone and earphones walking the path, it seems there is no one “type” of person that walks the Camino.
When we arrived at our Albergue it was very picturesque, an old monastery on a hill opposite the local cemetery, so many people laid to rest in a place passed through each day by pilgrims of the Camino. The Albergue is clean, the staff helpful and our beds simple yet a place to rest our heads for the night. Definitely recommend this place, great location and provides what we need to rest well. We wandered down the narrow streets lined with stone buildings to the cafés in a bid to get our fill of food people greeting us as we passed them by. We stopped at a great little Italian place, Matias Locanda Italiana, which offered a great option of vegetarian and non- vegetarian food not to mention a good local house red.
We chatted and drank wondering what the path of the way would bring. I have decided no expectations, be open to what the way will bring. So I find myself here at 6:25am in the courtyard, waiting for the sun to rise and listening to the birds morning song waiting with anticipation for the journey to begin. Will the divine energy of life greet us this day with the spirit of adventure, peace and reflective moments? Will the opportunity to embrace life in its fullness, remembering what really is important meet us on the path that lies ahead? We are away from work, home and the day to day challenges or our usual lives with an amazing opportunity to travel lightly and simply, will our lives and minds be challenged and transformed – I can’t help but wonder.
May the road rise to meet us this day, may the sun be on our backs, may the divine be the light on the road ahead as we pack our belongings for the journey and head off on the Camino to Santiago.