Day 19 Burgos
It's a beautiful warm autumn day by the river near the Burgos cathedral where I've just spent 3 hours with an English audio device (half price for pilgrims, on presentation of one's 'credential' or pilgrim document. Only €3.50).The cathedral is extraordinary, built from an older Romanesque cathedral, the new one consecrated in 1280, and then rebuilt, particularly after the main dome caved in during the 1300s. See photos if you wish.
It's beautiful here in the sunshine by the river, especially after largely living in my room for the past week, so it's good to be out and about again, even if I'm not (yet) walking freely. I'm using Br Rod Thomson's trusty walking poles and wearing a Valcrose fabric brace on my knee for extra support.
At first I only ordered a coffee, but after seeing what a nearby couple were eating, I've ordered the same, with a cold beer. . In the distance I can just hear a recorder or accordion player, adding to the ambience.
Tomorrow I'm heading for Ponferrada by train, then hopefully walking on, or if not, I'll visit famous and historic Benedictine monastery of Samos and listen to some Gregorian Chant. I've enjoyed reading the history of what I've been seeing. Until today, El Cid was just another name but today he came to life. (See the photo of his trunk, now high up on the wall of Burgos cathedral.)
I've found the Spanish people most helpful and friendly. I always tell them I'm Australian and I think that helps. And tonight I'll say a few words to the brothers who have also been great. But I do confess to getting a bit sick of my own company, something which is not lacking walking the Camino.
Things are quieting down here. The Spanish take their Siesta time very seriously, even in the tourist industry. Best wishes from Burgos. Michael.
Ps. I've also cracked a tooth on a piece of baguette yesterday at breakfast! I'm hoping it doesn't get worse before I get to Italy. Maybe I should be trying to go to Lourdes for a good dunking instead of Santiago De Compostela. Michael