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Casa Mari albergue in Torres del Rio


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When I arrived at Casa Mari albergue in Torres del Rio all the beds had been taken, so the hospitalera provided mattresses for latecomers on the flat roof. We had cover in case of rain and there was also a table and chairs so we could sit, relax and have a meal.

The village church marked the hours by the tolling of its great bell. Church bells were very common early in my camino, but became less so towards the end. I found them wonderfully comforting, marking the time as they had done for centuries, binding together their communities by common rituals and practices.

We looked out over burgeoning spring fields as we sat and ate in the fading afternoon. Below us in the courtyard, a large Italian group made an equally large and convivial communal meal.

At night we looked up to the ageless stars as millions of pilgrims before us had done and fell asleep in clean, open air.

I hope this is of interest to others. There were a few other special albergues on my camino and I will try to post some notes as I review my diary.


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