By Robert Mullen
The studies of a typical guy at the pilgrim’s course are charted during this narrative that walks alongside the Camino Franc?s to the shrine of Saint James at Santiago de Compostela after which directly to Finisterre, the westernmost aspect of Spain. The heritage of the Camino is acknowledged, in addition to a number of of the myths, legends, and miracle tales that experience develop into attached—and given exact meaning—to this itinerary. Emphasizing that non-public myths are a necessary part of this lore, this chronicle additionally comprises tales from the confraternity of the pilgrims, humans from all corners of the realm who stopover at this stroll for a superb range of purposes, yet all of whom depart having skilled a similar miracle—that this pilgrimage will play a defining function of their lives.
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My reason for writing down each day’s events in the evening, I explained to Park, was in order to have a complete record of the Camino: the good, the bad, the strange, the surprising, the disconcerting. ” The Italian woman who ran the albergue in Torres del Río was sitting out in the street when I arrived, chatting with a neighbour about a television program which they had all seen the night before. ” the neighbour remarked. “We can only watch what they show. ” The first of the others to appear that afternoon was the Swiss pilgrim, Angelika.
Angelika, when we were ready to leave, asked me if we ought to give something to the woman with the key, or if it was sufficient just to buy a few postcards. indd 45 18/6/10 11:29:22 46 Call of the Camino winter truces. ” A religious community had sprung up, adjacent to the church, to welcome the pilgrims who had begun to flock there, and in just over a hundred years that first church had become a cathedral. Nothing needed to be invented, the model already existed elsewhere, in France, in the monastery of Cluny, where it was the cult of Saint Martin which attracted pilgrims and raised revenues.
Only by walking in the dark for an hour, by the light of a small torch, had he managed to complete the day’s walk as he had planned. In the notes which I made before going to sleep that night, I was drawn back to the notion of the Camino with its endless flow of pilgrims being like a river. Those whom the Camino favoured were more or less carried along by the current right from the beginning, whereas the lot of others, even those who might have been the better swimmers, was constantly to struggle.