Walking in the darkness of the morning is a quiet joy. It was even better today because we had a full moon. We got up thinking we would make our way to a bar/cafe and have some breakfast, but we (and all the people in the room we were in) were up early enough that the bar in town wasn’t open. So we decided to eat a banana, a breakfast bar, and leave anyway.
The beautiful light of the sunrise was a good friend, and lit the remnants of sunflower fields we passed by. We climbed, but the effort was not too much for us in the early hours. Our first big stop today was Alto del Perdon, a small peak with the ruins of a chapel. The big draw on this high place is the famous Pilgrim Sculpture from 1996 that has become a powerful symbol of those who have taken this journey over time. We did our own posing with the sculpted pilgrims and then made our way down another rocky, slippery path.
On the way up the hill, I was struck by a sign that said “Don’t forget, you were always on the way.” It is so true, that all of us are on a pilgrim journey towards something (or someone) we long for, and the important part of that journey is drinking in what you experience along the way. Those who are here in this physical place are experiencing one kind of Camino, but I believe we all experience our own Camino.
Feeling energetic , Lena and I took a “side trip” to a church called the Church of Santa Maria de Eunate. A 12th century octagonal building, it almost reminds me of some of the Eastern Orthodox structures one might see in Turkey or Greece. It is relatively small and simple, and I would have liked to spend more time there, but I am afraid I was beginning to get so tired that I couldn’t get up. Playing over the sound system was a chant in women’s voices, “Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas, Deus ibi est.” Essentially – “where there is love, there is God.”
Food is such a part of my life and no less part of our journey. I am afraid I have not yet got my eating patterns to work correctly yet. Both today and yesterday Lena and I have gotten to the end of our daily walk thinking that we had not had enough to eat. While today we stopped for a mid morning breakfast and ate plenty of snacks and water, we have been coming to the end of our days both tired and in need of sustenance. And me, I just get cranky. So, I will work on that.