When on the Camino do as the Romans

As I was reading more about the history of the Camino I was humbled in knowing that at times, my feet were on the same path that Augustus himself took.

We´re not talking philosophically, but historically. There are so many different paths that lead to Santiago but the one I am on, the Camino Frances offers options to follow the way of the Romans.

Sayagun has a very visible Roman presence and many of the bridges were built as in rome and its areas.

Given America is so young, the Camino´s visible history is quite remarkable. What moves me even more is to know that I am taking steps where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have taken theirs, with a common final destination.

It is said that no one walks the Camino without at least one specific intention or reason. For many, they are at crossroads in life; completion of their studies, a divorce, a retirement or hundreds of other reasons.

We ask, and we are often asked… over and over again. A few give a ¨personal reason¨type of answer, but most feel quite comfortable going into many details.

We all become linked somehow by doing the Camino and friendships are formed by self disclosures. This is a big part of the Camino experience.

A snail´s pace

I bet you think I am going to write about MY pace. right? Not at all, but I will talk about snails.

Not one, not twenty but hundreds… They all are on the Caminnno early early mornings. A first from afar I thought they were little round rocks until I got closer and realized they were snails. Just a few, here and there, then more more and more!

They ALL were going in the same direction – at the rate they were heading, it is going to be a long trek.

On the subject of insects I have to share with you that often were are accompanied by beautiful dragonflies.

One of those stayed with me for quite a long time. I wish I could tell you how long but time becomes very difficult pinpoint without any watch or such. I don´t really want to know the time since it´s no longer relevant to me.

therefore my special dragonfly friend stayed with me for much longer than any of the other ones. It was a dark shade of blue and just as the others, preceeded me by a walking stick length. when I slowed down, it slowed down, when I sped up, it sped up.

Dragonflies are much different than butterflies – butterflies gly around us for shorter timeframes than those of dragonflies. but they come much closer to us.

i haven´t seen any fireflies yet, either because they aren´t any here or I go to bed too early!

You may wonder how often I´ve given so much thoughts to dragonflies, butterflies and snails? Easy answer: never until this Camino! Isn´t it wonderful!!