El Camino: Portomarin to Palas de Rei

Today’s trek:  Portomarin to Palas de Rei

Three more walking days. 

As we arrived at Palos Del Rei we stopped to eat and sit for a minute. Judy had picked a restaurant for its view of the Camino so that she could easily spot me as I made my way to the accommodation. 

As we ate a very early dinner, we spotted and talked to a number of peregrinos that we have become friends with throughout our journey.  

It seemed when we last saw them that we would not see them again. We wondered about their feet, knees and if they might have had to leave because of them. 

But here they were! Smiles, jokes, lost toe nails, sunburnt, knee braces, bad hair and all. 

The people that are meant to be in our lives will be.  They will be there during our most vulnerable and equally during our most triumphant times. 

If people are only there during the great times they really don’t know us.

It’s important not to mistake fun times as interchangeable with triumphant times. The former can happen anytime; the latter usually are at the end of some sort of struggle or endeavor. So if those fun friends are never around for the struggle/ endeavor can we really call them friends?  Not likely. At least not great friends. 

I’m counting my friends as true blessings these days. I love them. dearly. 

Three more walking days.  We keep pinching ourselves. 


Siempre pa’ adelante!


About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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1 Response to El Camino: Portomarin to Palas de Rei

  1. What’s wonderous adventure!


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