The “P” Memories – Walking down the Camino memory lane

Pulpo

Pulpo

Delicious Pulpo (octopus).

In Galicia, this is a delicacy and one can find pulpo in specialized restaurants called pulperia. You can also buy in on the street at the outdoor market.

The pulpo is boiled in copper caldrons, cut with scissors and typically served on a wooden round plate drizzled with olive oil and hot paprika.

Praying statue

Praying statue

During a visit in the city of Palencia I entered a church about mid day. The sun was shining through a clear window and I stood in awe in front of this beautiful praying statue.

The details of the face was so delicate, it almost seemed real. It is my favorite statue picture and when I look at it, it fills me with serenity.

Peaceful

Peaceful

Many people asked me if I found it difficult to walk on my own. I actually often preferred walking solo because it allowed me the time to re-evaluate my life, think of the past and the present, and plan for the future.

I never felt truly alone even  though not a single pilgrim could be seen for kilometers; I felt peaceful and tranquil.

 

precariously perched-sWhen I walked in May and June, the storks could be found just about everywhere in their huge nests. Both parents would take turn going to get food for their little baby birds. I was always amazed at the size of their nests, and where they chose to make their nests. Often they could be seen on top of churches and buildings but in this case, the nest was precariously perched on a pole! A straight pole! Although we pilgrims found those birds interesting, the locals see storks the way we often see pigeons; dirty, loud and messy. It’s all about perspective!

Cheers from my virtual Camino tour!

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