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Tosantos

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6 travelers at this place:

  • Day12

    Tosantos

    June 1 in Spain

    Die Nacht in der Riesenalbergue war furchtbar.... laut und unruhig... dementsprechend kam ich ziemlich gerädert in die Gänge und das schon gegen 6:45 Uhr.

    Zu allem Überfluss hat mich eine Erkältung im Griff.... Halsschmerzen und Husten. Irgendwie verlangt der Weg doch ziemlich viel aktuell. Die Schmerzen im Bein sind momentan nur mit einem Cocktail aus Ibuprofen und Novaminsulfon erträglich und ein gehöriges Maß an Selbstdisziplin. "Look at the Flowers" und heul nicht rum.... ist der Spruch des Tages.

    Aber es gibt auch gute Seiten.... als ich da so vor mich hin humpelte wurde ich von einer italienischen Pilgergruppe adoptiert. Cellestina, Pedro, Marco uns Alicia.... nahmen mich unter ihre Fittiche und in einem angenehmen Tempo ging's dann Richtung Tosantos. Ein recht verschlafenes Wörtchen mit nur einer kleinen Herberge, dafür aber recht familiär und ruhig. Zum Abend hab's ein wirklich gutes Pilgermenue und viel Wein und nette Gespräche, ein Mix aus italienisch und englisch.

    Kurz zur Info, jetzt befinde ich mich bereits in Kastilien, der nächsten autonomen Region in Spanien. Es geht voran.... 😊
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  • Day15

    Tosantos

    May 10, 2017 in Spain

    On the way to the tiny, 53 person, town of Tosantos, we passed into the autonomous region of Castilla y León and saw some neat, medieval relics. When there weren't cool things to look at, I read aloud to Tom as we walked (reading "Dawn" by Octavia Butler). Many times along the way we encountered the pungent odor of manure. To distract from the smell, Tom and I shared some philosophical dialogue on the Camino.

    R: "We're doing pretty well today, timing-wise, don't you think?"
    T: "Crossing the finish line is not the same thing as winning the race."
    R: "I'm pretty sure if you're the only one who signs up for the race, that you win be default."
    T: "Mmmk, little dawdler. Maybe your nickname will be the dawdle queen."
    R: 😑

    We opted for a longer (17+ mile) day as Tom was excited about having a unique experience at San Francisco de Asis, an albergue that offers sleeping mats, communal meals, and a prayer service with the ritual of reading notes by past pilgrims. When we arrived, they told us that they had no running water...so we're definitely getting a real pilgrim experience. I'm excited about putting my feet up. 👣
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  • Day19

    Today was a gorgeous hike through oak forests. The forest was cool and the weather was breezy. When you’re out hiking day after day, the weather becomes a great topic of conversation.

    I learned from the hospitalitero in Najera that Spain produces a special kind of pork called black leg pig. The animals are fed only acorns. I can just imagine how rich that ham must taste. Walking through the oak forests prompted me to think about pigs.

    After arriving in the town of a Tosantos (population about 55) I went on a tour of the old hermitage carved into the cliff above the town. Over 800 years ago, hermits lived and worshiped in the cliffs. They exchanged their prayers for the town’s prosperity for sustenance from the townspeople. In the 17th century, the hermitage was refurbished by a local patron to include a very ornate golden alter. The patron had symbols included in the alter decorations that paid homage to the family name. The current mayor of Tosantos was the tour guide.

    The albergue in Tosantos was another parochial hostel manned by volunteers. We had a wonderful meal with the other pilgrims of lentil and potato stew with green salad and the ever present red wine. Again, the accommodations were simple but comfy mats on the floor.
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