I’m a little bit weary tonight : ) but life is good!
Last night was wonderful…we were made to feel very much at home and our hosts at Hospitalis San Petri et Jacob, we’re warm and caring.
First though, one thing that has been seriously bothering me today. I know…as I received a comment on this site yesterday but chose not to approve it…first time mind you and hopefully the last….. that there must be people out there reading my blog who misinterpret what I intend to convey. This is completely understandable as I’m certainly not a writer by any stretch of the imagination..and maybe sometimes people don’t quite understand what I’m trying to get across…my apologies. The criticism was in reference to a comment I made, I think before Siena about our difficult day and in this instance I felt the need to refer to CanTeen, who, as you all know we are supporting on this walk. The criticism aimed at me was that we had little right to complain about our circumstances and indeed make a parallel between our journey and those of the CanTeen community. I fully agree. In no way, was I comparing our walk, to the journey that a cancer sufferer and indeed their family takes. I know, from painful first hand experience, the hard road that cancer forces individuals and indeed those closest to them, to go down. In my comments i was indeed referring to the effort that we are expending on this journey… to a goal that at times feels insurmountable but I made the comments as I wanted to gently remind everyone of one of the reasons for our walk…not only to raise some much needed funds but also awareness for the unbelievable work this organisation is doing. I was initially very distressed by this persons comments to me but now I would like to apologise…if I have offended you in any way. We all have our own story to tell but I think it’s so important, that we learn a little more about each other, before we make assumptions. Whew, I’ve got that off my chest.. something that I needed to do..
I hope no one minds too much..but last night we were treated to a blessing before dinner…our wonderful feet being the body part most blessed…and believe me, it was well and truly appreciated : )
The beginning of our beautiful dinner last night. We were the only pilgrims in the hostelerio but many people came and went throughout the night, this lovely pair sharing their food, wine and hospitality..lots of talk in Spanish and Italian and lots of fun…which I loved!!
Xavier,Jo and I finally settled into our little bunk beds at about 10.30pm, ready for a big sleep : )
Not the case!!! The church bells sounded outside our bedroom window at 4am! Now when I say outside our bedroom window..thats literally what I mean..we literally couldnt get any closer..Oh mi god! Jo and Xavier had decided to leave early so they were both rummaging around at 4.30! and finally left me in peace, with head buried under the pillow at 5! I struggled out of bed not long after and was on the road by 6.
Today was about a 24 km walk..but it was fine. A little hot towards the end, with a very big up finale ..but all was good. Just a few photos tonight …..the scenery was very similar to yesterday, so nothing that you haven’t already had a glimpse of..and also I’m a little tired.
Tonight we met two other pilgrims from Australia…I had heard of one, Janet through her blog…so it was lovely to catch up and also meet Elizabeth, her sister in law, who she is walking with. We had dinner with them…but unfortunately I had to excuse myself a little early, as I was tired : ( Tends to happen a little on a long distance walk….
Good night to everyone ….from Italy: )