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Sunday, 23 June 2013

A floral display

Yesterday afternoon sitting in the plaza in front of  the Hostal La Encina was like a meeting of the UN. Austin and Pauline ( England )  Joanne ( Australia) Joe ( USA )  Steff ( Holland ) a German lady and Mary and I. The only thing we had in common was the Camino and here we are sharing experiences and emotions, we have become part of the Pilgrim Family. Then up the hill came a familiar figure to complete our happy family, Shane. After a lot of hand shaking and hugs we all caught up on the latest Camino gossip. It was a wonderful Camino moment. I have to say there have been many Camino moments during this trip. On Friday afternoon, after the emotion of the cross, I spent an hour outside an Albergue drinking coffee and sharing the emotions of the Camino with Steff, a complete stranger , but that is the beauty and indeed the special nature of the Camino. Today's walk has been different in that we have been seeing things for the second time. As we walked through the villages nothing had changed but at the same time everything was different. It is a different time of year and after three weeks we have become better walkers. We can now concentrate on what we see and hear. As we went through Columbrianos the local church had a floral display that stretched all around the outside of the church, it was stunning and a photograph would not give it any justice. At Cacabelos we were invited into the courtyard of a townhouse to see the most stunning display of window boxes and hanging baskets you have ever seen. The colours were special and the locals, quite rightly were so proud. Eventually we arrived in Villafranca and after some haggling over prices got rooms in the local hotel. Everything is good, at the moment, everyone is going well and we are still one day in front of our schedule. I haven't forgotten to mention that tomorrow is a special day for Maeve. Happy birthday and a big blog hug from Mum and me.
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