Hospital de Órbigo

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13 travelers at this place:

  • Day18

    Leon .. like moths to a flame

    September 27, 2017 in Spain

    Medieval pilgrims and modern pilgrims alike are drawn to the Spanish cities for provisions and to be wowed by their cathedrals. Leon is no exception. An elegant cathedral with exceptional stained glass windows. I could take pictures of the stained glass work alone for hours.

    But after the contemplative and peaceful countryside, Leon is a bit unsettling to this Canadian pilgrim. I'll be happy to get back to some solitude and leave Leon and its cathedral to other pilgrims. Buenas Noches.Read more

  • Day29

    What a Pilgrim Needs

    September 27, 2017 in Spain

    A simple map, a path, and kindness along the way. There is very little else a Pilgrim needs. This fellow had set up a rest stop along a barren section of our trail this morning. He had constructed geodesic domes for a simple bathroom and sun shelter. On offer was coffee, tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruits, cookies and meusli bars. He stamped our Passports and brightened our day! Another farmstead had practical supplies for walkers and cyclers alike. Hospital de Orbiga constructed this amazing bridge for pilgrims years ago to help with the river crossing - ok, so bridges are great to have too!Read more

  • Day26

    Yesterday's walk

    September 12, 2016 in Spain

    20 miles from León to Hospital de Obrigo
    Stayed at Albergue Verde, where they do a vegetarian dinner that was really good. It was so nice to have lots of vegetables after so much bread, meat and potatoes. They also had an evening yoga session that was very nice and relaxing.

    I was going to try to get to Santiago by September 22, then walk three days to Finesterre, then bus back to Santiago on my birthday on the 26th, because my friends Tom and Diane said that they would like to buy me birthday dinner, but I think that would be pushing it too much.Read more

  • Day25

    Hospital de Órbego

    May 20, 2017 in Spain

    A very long day of backpacking brought us away from the city to the tiny little hamlet of Hospital de Órbego. There, we stayed at the Albergue Verde, a delightful private hostel that was a little paradise for us. We recieved wonderful hospitality from the owner, who was warm and taught a multilingual (French, Spanish & English) free yoga class that evening (during which I teared up three times). One of his lessons resonated with us, "Richness is not defined by how much you have, but by how much you don't need." I feel this phrase is the best way to combat the culture of consumption.

    We shared dinner with the other pilgrims, including two brothers from Uruguay and their wives, all about the same age as us. They plan to arrive in Santiago on the same day as us, June 1, and our similar itinerary mean we often cross paths. They're a really fun bunch. (: Dinner was accompanied by live music, another offering of the generous hospitalario, and lasted past 10pm.
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  • Day28

    Building Bridges..

    October 24, 2016 in Spain

    Have you ever tried to build a bridge? Ever wondered what might create the strongest bridge? What does it take to build a bridge that might last hundreds or ever over a thousand years? What stories surround a particular bridge and what do bridges symbolise in our own life's journey?

    I have walked over and marvelled at many bridges on this Camino, bridges from Roman times and Medieval times, however, today's walking experience prompted this reflection.

    We finished the day in a place called Hospital de Orbigo. It has the longest bridge on the Camino over the River Orbigo and its flood plain. It connects both sides of the town. It is a 13th Century bridge built over an original Roman bridge and one of the best preserved in Spain. See first and second pic.

    The story of the bridge goes like this: Built in the Holy Year of 1434, a noble knight from Leon, Don Sueto de Quinones, scorned by a beautiful lady, challenged any knight to pass and undertook to defend the bridge and also his honour. Knights from all over Europe took up the challenge, Don Suero successfully defended the bridge.. and presumably his honour, for a month until the required 300 lances had been broken. He and his companions then set off to Santiago to offer thanks for his freedom from the bonds of love and for his honour now restored!

    This town also witnessed the battle in 452 between the Visigoths and the Swabians, battles between the Medieval Christian forces and the Moors, as well as being a major trade route across the bridge since Roman times, especially in livestock.

    On the far side of the bridge, dating back to the Knights, the ancient order of St John Calleberos Hospitaleros set up and maintained a pilgrim hospital there- hence the naming of the town which developed as a result.

    Due to the history of Knighthood here, there is a Jousting tournament each year, which takes place in the arena set up by the bridge. See if you can spot it in the first pic! How's that for a bridge over a river story!

    Secondly, another remarkable bridge we encountered on the Camino in the first ten days, was at a place called Puente la Reina. See third pic.

    This bridge was significant because it was built primarily to provide safe access to the other side of the river for pilgrims on their way to Santiago. Before the bridge was built, unscrupulous river men would promise a pilgrim safe passage by boat. Once halfway across, the unsuspecting pilgrim would be robbed of any value they possessed and thrown overboard to be drowned. Very few pilgrims made it across. The bridge was obviously much needed then!!

    This bridge or Puente is extremely high and remarkably steep. As I observed from below, it's pylons are built to resist flood, featuring an ingenious arched recess to relieve the pressure of high water on the arch of the bridge, whilst being aesthetically pleasing too! From above as you cross the bridge, with every step, the long view of the landscape rises and gives a sense of perspective of how far and where you've come from, but also of freedom as the bridge descends and delivers you safely to the other side, ready to resume the journey ahead.

    So what does a bridge symbolise for us in our life journey? Perhaps a safe passage, a place to stop and take the long view, a change in perspective. Might the experiences which carry us from one learning to another be a bridge too?

    There are also people in our lives that provide bridges for us- our family, friends, those who walk with us.
    These people can teach us that the experience of reconciliation, justice and peace is about bridgemaking. As we grow, we can become bridges to love, peace and justice for others and the world.
    We are a pilgrim people walking our life's journey together, creating bridges for each other and encouraged to live by the message of the gospel.

    St Ignatius Loyola walked across many bridges in his life. He, like our own St Mary MacKillop became a bridge for others, inspired by their relationship with Jesus and the message of the gospel.
    They point us to Jesus, who assures us ' I am the Way, the Truth and the Life ' Jn 14:6

    Might Jesus also be 'the Bridge' too?

    What's your experience of bridges and bridge building?
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  • Day24

    Hospital de Órbigo

    July 12, 2015 in Spain

    Vi gick inom byn för att hämta upp Anna. Hon bodde på en underbar oas. Lugnt och skönt. Vi stannade extra länge här.

  • Day34

    We were instructed at Albergue Verde to be sure to slide the gate closed when we left in the morning because the albergue’s two little dogs thought of themselves as little Peregrinas and would saunter their way toward Santiago if given the chance. So, after carefully closing the gate this morning, I headed toward the path. It was fascinating to see cornfields interspersed with city lots and their houses as I headed out of town.

    Once again I chose an alternative path instead of the traditional one. To avoid the traffic along the traditional route, I opted for the slightly longer but more peaceful path to Astorga.

    As the route entered the outskirts of the city, it intersected with a train track. To safely cross the track, the city has constructed an amazing feat of over engineering along the lines of a que at Disneyworld, or the zig-zag Entrance to the Kingdom in the movie ‘Shrek’. The back and forth went on forever.

    My albergue for the evening is a large one run by volunteers. The rooms hold two to four beds apiece which is unusual for an albergue of this size. The restrooms are coed, so you can have men and women in adjacent shower or toilet stalls. At least in this albergue the stall doors are solid. In one previous accommodation, the showers had curtains, so you had to carefully choose one away from the breezy open window or risk flashing your alberguemates.
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Hospital de Órbigo, Hospital de Orbigo

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