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  1. scruffy1

    Basilica de San Isidoro in León and Stupid Stupid Me

    In my opinion, the most amazing church before SdC must be San Isidoro in León. There is a tour usually in Spanish occasionally in English which should be taken the first time around. The church decoration is all Romanesque from the statues, the column capitals, to the gorgeous mind-boggling...
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    MERRY CHRISTMAS from Bethlehem!

    COVID or not the Christmas Parade must go on! Merry Christmas!
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    Alubias de Cantabria

    Beans are always an important staple for me on the Camino and off - I love them all! Alubias de Cantabria are like a stew but brother-in-law popped in so I added some stock and rice to stretch my usual pot of beans into almost a soup The quick recipe is here and YES I know it is a terrible...
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    State of Emergency, Again - Patience is a Virture

    'Patience is a Virtue' is often credited to a pagan source, Cato to the Elder in the third or fourth century. Patience was never before so needed as in these times - both along the Camino and at home. I am still continuing to plan my last full Camino - with age it has become very hard for me to...
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    A Thought for those Now on the camino

    Going through the closet of my Camino things and chanced upon the book I always take with me, a most beautiful collection of poetry, the Biblical Book of Psalms. A custom of my faith is to read a number of psalms every day usually 4-5-6. Meaning after a month, you have read them all. So while on...
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    María Salomé Mother of Saint James, Stone Boats, and France?

    María Salomé, daughter of Saint Anne, wife of Zebedee, mother of Saint James, and present both at the crucifixion and the discovery of the empty tomb of Jesus. All subjects with which we pilgrims should be familiar. I have written previously concerning her church in SdC, Rúa Nova, 31, sadly...
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    Another Funny Camino Experience

    My first Camino, Flew into cold bureaucratic Madrid in full Pelligrino regalia - hat scallop shell backpack - and asked the Immigration Police to also stamp my credencial. Not going to happen. Several years later, came in by way of Barcelona with full Pelligrino regalia - hat scallop shell...
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    Poor Saint James...And a Question

    Here in Jerusalem, I am deep into Love in the Time of Cholera – ah no – that was Gabriel García Márquez. Deep into Coronavirus with my love of reading rather than burning my eyes out on Netflix. Reading a book entitled “Jerusalem Pilgrims before the Crusades” compiled by John Wilkinson and not...
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    COVID It Aint Over Till the Fat Lady Sings - no offense intended just an expression

    We may have seen the light at the end of the tunnel but it's getting dark again. Both the UK and Germany have advised against traveling to Spain as numbers of new C-19 cases rise again in Spain, Italy, Germany, and England. Do with that as you see fit, I'm following the advice of Samuel L...
  10. scruffy1

    "Don't Cry for Me"...Portugal!

    Can't walk the Caminho but I can certainly look at my old photo (yes) albums. First time years ago in Porto needing to refuel when I found Café Santiago not far from the cathedral and their delightful version of francesinha. Came back the next day couldn't remember exactly where it was and I...
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    I need someone with better Spanish and Latin than myself on this one. Peregrino/Peregrina today is understood today to mean pilgrim we see and hear the word all the time. The words stem from the Latin 'peregrinus' in the masculine to 'peregrina' feminine. So far so good. The meaning in Latin is...
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    Happy Shavuot-Pentecost-Whit Sunday as You Wish

    Greetings from Jerusalem! Today we are celebrating Shavuot better known in the Christian world as Pentecost - 49/50 days since Passover/Easter. Shavuot is one of the three required pilgrimages in Biblical times, still observed in a modified form. The holiday of wheat and milk. The first...
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    Greetings from Astorga on the Washington Post

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    Photo Album Camino

    I had spent a difficult night in the albergue in Estella, then not so clean and very neglected - after passing the beautiful but also neglected San Miguel church perhaps I should have been warned. Up and out next morning and standing by the wine fountain of Bodegas Irache. I usually carry a...
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    Springtime Yearnings for the Camino

    From Gonzalo, Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla c1250 Friends and subjects of the all-powerful Lord If you would grant me the favor of listening to my...
  16. scruffy1

    Next Year in Santiago!

    Tonight all the family and we here in Jerusalem will celebrate the Passover Feast - over Zoom! - how sad. We always sing at the end of the feast - "Next Year in Jerusalem" and Jerusalem, in English, amazingly has the same number of syllables as Santiago. So Happy Passover, join in on the song...
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    A thought on Coronavirus

    667 Italians died yesterday from this plague. 667. Now many of you know I am not Catholic, not even Christian, but these poor souls all required extremaunción/Last Rites before passing on. Meaning that in addition to the doctors the nurses, the caretakers, the grocery store workers serving us...
  18. scruffy1

    Brexit-NO POLITICS

    Just wondering mind you, Brexit. Will our British brethren and sisters now be required to carry a visa in order to walk to SdC? Will their time allowed in the sans-British EU now be limited to a specific number of days-weeks? All along the Southern Caminos of both France and Spain, there are...
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    Ode to the Camino

    With apologies to British poet Edward Thomas - 3 March 1878 – 9 April 1917- first day of the Battle of Arras - and actor Tony Robinson , “much has been written of the travel - much less of the road - the Camino is not just a means of getting from point A to B to SdC, it is a meditation, the...