By Guy Thatcher
Man Thatcher walked the Camino de Santiago, an historic pilgrimage direction, hoping to find the cause of the compulsion that drove him there. What he came upon in its place was once the undying land of northern Spain, good looks, silence, mountains and plains, rain and incessant solar, snow in may well, heartbreaking climbs, fatigue, and harm; pleasant and inviting humans, new friendships, melancholy, transcendental pleasure, delivery and loss of life, and churros con chocolate. He got here away with a renewal of his trust within the impressive goodness of normal humans from world wide 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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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. I call and get the administrative assistant of José Luis Garcia Cuartero.
I am satisfied that I am not missing any subtlety about the baggage due to my lack of fluent Spanish. He has arranged that when the bag is found, they will contact his office and he will ensure that it is sent to wherever I want it to go. So now I am again waiting for the 1930 train and I call ahead to make sure that I have a room at the Hotel Maisonnave. They are so good to me; they assure me that my room is secure. Here in the train station, they have a people mover, a shallow moving platform that moves people up or down two floors on four angled and moving ramps.
It is narrow and quite dark. The hotel building is much newer, only about three centuries old, but renovated in 2000, with a very modern small glass and metal elevator to take me to my third-floor room. Luxury: a hot shower, private toilet (which of course was pointless, since I still can’t piss a drop), and a comfortable bed. The town of Puente la Reina grew up around the Queen’s Bridge, built in the early years of the last millennium, around 1185, by King Sancho III, and named for his wife, Doña Mayor; or, perhaps, by his successor, Garcia el de Nájera and named for his wife, Doña Estefania.
A Journey of Days: Relearning Life's Lessons on the Camino de Santiago by Guy Thatcher