By Guy Thatcher
Man Thatcher walked the Camino de Santiago, an old pilgrimage path, hoping to find the cause of the compulsion that drove him there. What he discovered as a substitute was once the undying land of northern Spain, attractiveness, silence, mountains and plains, rain and incessant sunlight, snow in may perhaps, heartbreaking climbs, fatigue, and harm; pleasant and alluring humans, new friendships, melancholy, transcendental pleasure, start and loss of life, and churros con chocolate. He got here away with a renewal of his trust within the notable goodness of normal humans from around the globe as they shared a unprecedented trip.
Join man Thatcher as he stocks his days and his reports at the camino with you.
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Accordingly we watered our horses in the river, and at once two of them died and were forthwith skinned by the two men. I can and do drink water anywhere here without fear of death or disease. The people through whose land we pass have learned that warm and honest hospitality is better business than thievery or deceit. I could wish that this lesson were more widely understood. It would make everyone’s life a lot easier and more pleasant. The overnight charge is seven euros. I am, at the moment, the only occupant in a bright and airy spacious room with two bunks, with pillows!
I call Carroll and tell her where I am, then I go to sleep. At midnight, the hotel phone wakes me. It is my daughter Meredith with a message that she is faxing me some contacts in Madrid that she has gotten from a friend, Linda Beverly in Houston. The contacts here all speak English and will likely be happy to help. Thank you both, Linda and Meredith, for caring enough to create this positive feeling. 20 April, Madrid to Pamplona The fax that Meredith sent me last night is waiting for me at reception in the morning.
The veal arrives with French fries. It is good, seriously fried, no other vegetables. This is carnivore country. I have read that vegetarians have a difficult time on the camino, and this would seem to reinforce that. I am not one, so it ought not to be a problem for me. Dessert is lemon sorbet--in a tall narrow glass like we use at home for champagne cocktails--and a straw. It’s a thick drink here. Very nice. The restaurant crowd consists of many ladies of the blue-haired set, a few men of the same age with them, a few couples, a long table obviously reserved and set up in advance, and me.