The “S” Memories – walking down the Camino memory lane

Stork bra

Stork nest bra

Storks are in abundance in Spain. We see stork nests everywhere during the spring months.

The pair of parents take turns watching the nest as one of the two flies away to get food for  their little ones.

This particular nest caught my eye as I tried to make out what was that black item on the left side of the nest. As I used my zoom on my camera I finally figured out what is what – a little black lace bra – a Stork nest bra!

I made a mental note NOT to hang my clothes out during stork season!

statue-s

There are so many statues in Spain, especially concentrated in some of the churches and cathedrals. I don’t recall exactly where I took this picture (I’m thinking it’s in O’Cebreiro) and what I like about this particular statue was the stance of the person it portrayed.

The artist even added a real sword. I liked that this was a unique pose rather than the traditional standing pose we often see.

stairway to heaven-s

I call this picture “stairway to heaven”. From my vantage point this is what it looked to be – a staircase leading to the skies.

There are many old abandoned buildings in Spain. I recall walking through seemingly ghost town-like hamlets and small villages where no one could be found. I imagine at some point in time, all these hamlets were filled with laughter, joy and lots of residents.

simple pleasures

simple pleasures

Simple pleasures were easy to find on the Camino. Things that usually wouldn’t really mean much to me became treasures of the day while on the Camino.

Good local delicious cheese, uniquely flavoured chocolate (this one was flavoured with olive oil!) and good reading material made for a wonderful treat.

Oh, how simple life became on the Camino – perhaps simple items, but always an enriching experience.

signs

signs

What an absolute joy I would have when seeing any such signs indicating I was approaching a village, hamlet or town.

At times I would walk 8, 10,12 kilometers with no indication of nearby civilization; then, my eyes would rest on a while sign in the distance, and I knew I was getting close to a cafe or an albergue.

Stained Glass Shells

Stained Glass Shells

My husband Steve and I created stained glass works for many years. I’ve always been intrigued by this art, and I chanced upon this particular piece as part of a frontage of a house.

These shells are actually painted on the glass, alike most of the faces of church and cathedral stained glass windows. This is such a nice Camino-themed piece!

 

Symbols of the Camino

Symbols of the Camino

When one thinks of the Camino, many symbols come to mind that represent it. The shell is likely one of the most common one (along with the yellow arrows).

This little shop displayed various Camino related items. I’ve seen this particular shop photographed many times by pilgrims and tourists alike.

Cheers from my virtual Camino tour!

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