Run Hard When It's Hard to Run….Until You Get Hurt…


When you spend most of every day walking through the mountains in silence, you can experience ¨culture shock´´ when you walk into a city like Burgos.  I could handle the culture shock, but then I couldn´t find the yellow arrows that mark the path…and I did not know what to do.  I had no translators, people and vehicles were everywhere, and there was no sign of ¨The Way.´´

I tried to ask a few locals, but three of them each gave me different directions and none of them spoke English.  Great.  After about 15 minutes, I was exasperated, but I remembered my experiences the past couple of days.  I have felt guided here, not misled.  I mentally prayed to my recently deceased friend, Angel.  

´´Please, I need an arrow!´´

After that, I stopped worrying.  I just kept walking around.  Finally, I found a man who did not speak English, but I was able to understand what he said, and soon, I found an arrow.  I kept following the arrows through town.  Every now and then it would be a while until I saw one, but right when I was about to lose hope, one was there.

When I finally arrived on the street of the albergue I was planning to stay at, there was a fruit store called ¨Angel´s´´ right on the corner.  I literally stopped and laughed.  I kept walking closer to the albergue, and on the right was a hair salon called ¨Angel´s.¨  Now this was beyond comical.  I walked even closer to the albergue, and Francisco limped out of the pharmacy.  He walked me directly to the albergue, even though I almost turned the wrong way twice.  

Now, I am sitting in the albergue.  Another pilgrim has just informed me that Michael and Alex are in town and are planning on meeting Francisco and I for dinner.  I thought I was lost, but apparently I am exactly where I am supposed to be. 


One response

  1. Debbie Welch

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog- Thank you so much for sharing.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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