I felt great today...simply loved the walking in the Meseta as it led to a very peaceful...relaxed thinking day...more later. Walking with like minded pilgrims like Paulo and Marc is helping me out a lot...basically we all have a "get the job done" type of approach once a target has been set...it would be so easy to stop earlier as fatigue sets in however walking together helps with the motivation.
Marc went with runners today and had a much better day of it...was really glad for him. Paulo keeps walking on his blisters and my luck is holding up.
Yesterday afternoon we went to the Burgos cathedral...an incredible building...I am guessing at least 25 separate chapels...and one which I am sure people with a keen interest in History and Architecture could easily spend the entire day. We were given hand prerecorded sets as we walked in the building...Paulo and I chose English...Marc French.
Within less than 5 minutes of listening to intense detailed historical descriptions of station 1 Marc was already walking around without listening to his set. Nancy, Pierre and Jacques this may come as a shock to you...frankly a few minutes later both Paulo and I joined Marc and we simply walked around enjoying the views...
|Burgos Cathedral - really impressive|
|Burgos Cathedral dome roof|
|Guy, Marc and Paulo outside Burgos cathedral|
|Earlier we enjoyed tapas|
We had a good Pilgrim's supper...cost 10€ however I didn't make the best choice for my main dish...see fish head picture!
|Delicious mushroom soup|
|Fish was good however it had a head and tail...not my preferred type of eating|
As you will see from pictures later the landscape isn't spectacular on the Meseta yet it has a real beauty of it's own. You walk and walk and have a lot of time to think...
I thought about how fortunate I was to be enjoying this experience. Thought about my incredible family...Dawn my super partner for nearly 35 years, my daughters Lise, Jeanne and Claire...all of which are such hardworking, kindhearted and funny (as in like to laugh...but not at me...with me)...now that's fortunate.
Now Steven has joined our small family as Lise's spouse...Steven came very very close to playing professional hockey as a member of the Montreal Canadians. Steven...GO HABS GO...I know if you had made it they would be that much stronger.
And of course our sister Pauline who is the best sister Marc and I have ever had...always Mam and Pa's favourite but that is alright...Marc and I understand.
I thought about Paulo's sayings about walking like an elephant and "rapport". Paulo is attempting to walk like an elephant...proud, confident, steady...master of the jungle. I meanwhile am somewhere between a snail and a cheetah.
Paulo's law office had a significant training session for 10 days over a 2 month period on rapport which is essentially working through difficult situations with a win/win approach in mind. Paulo yesterday once again used "rapport" when we were at the Burgos Cathedral...needing our Pilgrim passports to get a discount but of course not having them on us...we got the discount.
I may go to Brazil to teach "rapport plus"...we will see once we finish the Camino! A few pictures from the day...
|An early start!|
|Meseta - beautiful|
|Yes I know that I already looked very sharp with the Tilley hat and beard...sort of George Clooney style...but the new shades...super sharp looking!|
We are now at the El Camino Hostal...actually in our own two bedroom mobile trailer...luxurious for 13€ each.
Tomorrow another 35 kms...then we only a few 30+ days leading to O'Cebreiro...and of course our potential treat in Leon!