These were days filled with laughter and cemented friendships that will last a lifetime.
“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
As I mentioned in my previous post, we were somewhat taken aback by the drastic increase in the number of pilgrims in this last stretch into Santiago. To say that we muttered a bit about the “newbies” was an under statement - it was just a completely different vibe, people on cell phones, clean trainers and clothes. Anyway, in Ribadiso, there was only one albergue so everyone who stopped there stayed in the same place. There was a big outside area where we could sit and watch people arrive. As each member of the South Korean group arrived, the members of their group who had already got there stood and cheered them in. I realised that for them, walking those 4/5 days was as much an achievement and “out of your comfort zone” experience as walking the whole thing. As with most aspects of the Camino, it was very humbling indeed.
The Green Bar.....
The last photo is for Dale. I can still hear him reciting this poem. The last verse was repeated many, many times as I walked.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
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I was privileged to spend a lot of time exploring wilderness areas in southern Africa from a very young age. I got my first camera when I was 6 years old and I have been passionate about wildlife and landscape photography ever since.