Friday, June 8, 2012

More photos from the camino

Up on the roof of Santiago cathedral

Our tour of Santiago cathedral was amazing.  Antonio arranged for us to have a guided tour of the cathedral museum, the archbishop's house, and the roof.  We could see the whole city from about 7 stories up.  Yes, that's right, we were all on the top of the cathedral, walking around on the roof and no, I did not realize that we were going to be up that high!  I've reposted the photo of the group in front of the cathedral for reference.  Don't worry, everyone got down safely.

More photos from our last day on the camino.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A post from Jarred.

Today we arrived in Pedrouzo after hiking approximately 20 kilometers through a very hilly terrain.  Many were sore today after experiencing the wrath of a 29 kilometer hike yesterday which was the longest hike of this trip.  However, the scenery remained beautiful as we made our way through some enchanting wooded areas.  We are now only 19 kilometers away from Santiago which we will be embarking on tomorrow morning, early as usual.  Upon arriving to Santiago, we will be hoping to receive our compostela and our final stamp in our pilgrim’s passports to conclude our hiking voyage.  None of us are quite sure where the past 3 weeks have gone, but as we are all starting to reflect on our time hiking the Camino, it is easy to see that we have created some everlasting memories just as Nanette had said we would.  Wish us luck as we begin our final hike as a group and we all look forward to seeing our families and loved ones soon.  Hasta luego from Pedrouzo, Spain!

We all love toast for breakfast!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pilgrim's Prayer
Although I may have traveled all the roads,
crossed mountains and valleys from East to West,
if I have not discovered the freedom to be my self,
I have arrived nowhere.

Although I may have shared all of my possessions
with people of other languages and cultures;
made friends with pilgrims of a thousand paths,
or shared albergues with saints and princes,
if I am not capable of forgiving my neighbor tomorrow,
I have arrived nowhere.

Although I may have carried my pack from beginning to end
and waited for every pilgrim in need of encouragement,
or given my bed to one who arrived later than I,
given my bottle of water in exchange for nothing;
if upon returning to my home and work,
I am not able to create brotherhood
or to make happiness, peace and unity,
I have arrived nowhere.

Although I may have had food and water each day,
and enjoyed a roof and a shower every night;
or may have had my injuries well attended,
if I have not discovered in all that the love of the Divine,
I have arrived nowhere.

Although I may have seen all the monuments
and contemplated the best sunsets;
although I may have learned a greeting in every language
or tasted clean water from every fountain;
if I have not discovered who is the author
of so much free beauty and so much peace,
I have arrived nowhere.

If from today I do not continue walking the path,
searching and living according to what I have learned;
if from today I do not see in every person, friend or foe
a companion on the camino
and one of the stars in the Milky Way,
I have arrived nowhere.