Day 24. Tuesday Oct 7th. Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
I've just been to evening mass commemorating yet another victory over the Moors. (1571) But after recently seeing another statue of a Spanish king with a Moor's head under his boot, this time in the Samos monastery church, I'm not sure whose side I'm on! But I am sure that Christopher Hitchins could have made mince meat of the Camino if he'd wanted to, and probably has, yet people still come in their thousands, and hundreds of thousands, and in some curious way, feel at one with the pilgrims of old and their simple faith as they walked and prayed the Camino. And if not that, then at least some inkling of the fact that we're not sufficient unto ourselves.
On a more mundane level, earlier today on arriving in this town, I bought a new sleeping bag, paying €60. A little further on there was another pilgrim gear shop where exactly the same bag was only €43. Those of you who know me well would realise this really hurt.
I managed to buy a hearty 3 course pilgrim meal at 5 pm. before the 6pm. Mass. I was the only one in the restaurant as people normally dine about 8.30 or 9 pm. This evening as I was returning to my alberge about 7pm, lots of parents were picking their kids up from the primary school next door.
Finally tonight, a pleasant conversation with a former secondary school teacher from Limerick in Ireland. Tomorrow will be my longest walk since the first few days, 22km. Even if it's half as beautiful as this morning's walk, it will be worthwhile. (See photos and videos on the website). Michael