Somewhere between Burgos and Leon, they have a long way to go. Their journey started on July 9 starting from France walking destination Santiago de Compostela. Through rain, snow, and heat they marched on meeting walkers from Iran, Germany, Americans … Continue reading →
Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable. I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or hugging the old black oak tree. I have … Continue reading →
Notice how much joy the nuns and the man having so much fun? I wonder what they were talking about? Aren’t the nuns too hot with their outfit? Or the rest of the people under dressed? I just love this … Continue reading →
At the end of a long corridor, there was a door. It was open, a sign of invitation. Welcome and come in. No one was around but me. I hesitated to go further that maybe I was trespassing but I … Continue reading →
The night before we entered the Holy Site of Santiago De Compostela, we needed to be purified in order to be worthy and receive the joy of entering the Cathedral. Little did I know, our fearless driver, Pablo, is a … Continue reading →
The Pyrenees of France. What a spectacular view. The walk started from this mountain region going downhill. Downhill? We skipped the hard part which is the “slight incline”, now we have to do the “slight decline”. Besides we are not real troopers … Continue reading →
Entering the narrow pathways considered as a street in Santiago de Compostela, we could see the steeple of the cathedral. The pilgrims’ steps quickened as they are getting excited to reach their destination. In front of the towering old steeple, dating as … Continue reading →
Unlike Martin Sheen in the movie The Way, I came to walk the earth and walking part of Camino Santiago de Compostela is just one of my dreams. If you have seen the movie, this Posada was in the movie. … Continue reading →
Where am I? According to the itinerary, we would have walked the foothills of the Pyrenees near the French border. This is the Camino’s traditional start to the “French Route” where medieval pilgrims arrived into Spain from France after an … Continue reading →
For the longest time, I kept an article from Walkers’ World “If You Go…” dated year 2004.
Gate of Pardon
That year would have been the best time to go because of the Porta Santa or Gate of Pardon opens during Holy Year when the festival of July 25 falls on a Sunday for the pilgrims to pass through. Going through the door, your sins would be forgiven. With all the sins I accumulated over the years, I don’t think I would fit in that door.
Again I missed out year 2010 and the next time it will open is year 2021. Another 8 years to go and doing the math, I might as well give you how old I will be then. Nah.
One of the reasons I joined the 2012 pilgrimage was because of Santiago de Compostela.
My best friend spoke constantly about Compostela and asked me when I am going so I can bring pictures and tell her stories. By the time I went, she has left the earth. Jan lived vicariously about the stories of my travels.
I was sad going there because Jan was in my mind. Bo-ho-ho. Woe is me. And I heard her say in my head “shut up and enjoy yourself.” So I did.
It was a long walk before we reached the plaza of the main Cathedral, it was breath-taking. Compostela is the third most important church after Rome and Jerusalem in Christendom. I can die now having visited all three.
The legend says that this is the place where St. James remained and died. The Church has not validated or agreed to this, but hey, if it helps humanity regardless of race and creed, let the sleeping dog lie.
We attended the Pilgrim’s Mass where the giant incense burner is lit, pulled up and pushed in an upswing, just like a pendulum. The smell of incense filling my lungs, the choir singing in the background, the soft-spoken prayers, mesmerized by the swinging of the incense burner, suddenly in my mind, there she is. Jan is hanging on to the rope of the burner and swinging along with it.
I was laughing, quietly, my mind is so weird. Did I really see her?
Finally, I signed up with Walkers’ World to do the walk at Santiago de Compostela this October and I am looking forwardto my next annual pilgrimage.
My feet are being pampered tonight with Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Foot Spa Party. Looking forward, October 2013 as planned, these feet will be walking The Way. The ball is now rolling since my vacation is approved, signed up with Walkers’ … Continue reading →
What’s the 11th item on your bucket list? When it comes to the number system, I don’t count more than 10 digits of my fingers nor my toes. I count only up to 10. When I cannot sleep, I count … Continue reading →
A writing challenge: New Year’s Resolutionnot a dream, not impossible…Many times I resolved to make a resolution, a total failure. Therefore, I resolve to fail less… three is doable. It will be more of a goal, and not a resolution. I make my goals fun and enjoyable, not a chore.
Every year, I make sure that I do one thing that I haven’t done in my life. For example, last year, I learnt how to bake cookies and cakes. I was well liked by those cookie monster and cake fiends. A very expensive way to learn. Done. Next? Next is learning how to bake a traditional ham or turkey that my family always make. The guinea pigs are my next door neighbour who made me mushroom soup for Christmas. And I did, ham first. We had it for New Year’s Day. Now my neighbour wants it to be a tradition. Are you kidding me? The turkey has to wait. The guinea pigs will be my nieces. I promised them to have a YaYa cousinhood at my place. They were pinning since they have not set their foot in my sanctuary. They saw the pictures in the Facebook and how they love to check it out. Yah, right. It will be a dry get together, I said. They agreed.
Gardening. What new plant would I want to try this year starting from seeds? This would take time visiting Garden Centres, reading Garden Magazines and visiting Community Gardens. I enjoy gardening and it’s so much fun.
Walking. This is a must since I am planning to join Walkers’ World this year to Santiago de Compostela. It’s vital that I am able to walk at least 10k a day. That is equal to walking around Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. Not a big deal, since I do walking meditation and I have now a camera to take pictures along the way. Can’t wait.
God of new beginnings, we are walking into mystery. We face the future, not knowing what the days and months will bring us or how we will respond. Be love in us as we journey. May we welcome all who come our way.