Monthly Archives: September 2014

Do You Believe in Fate?

I feel like God hugged me today. I am not what you would call a religious person in the way most people recognize. But yesterday an older pilgrim came to the albergue, dressed in a simple white top and pants. … Continue reading

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How to Beat a Dishwasher into Submission

The albergue has a dishwasher. We probably go through two loads of dishes every day. When I arrived it was explained to me that there was a problem with the wiring and that when you turned it on it would … Continue reading

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Who Wants to Go for a Little Walk?

I’d been at the albergue about 8 days when I started to get itchy feet. I felt like I needed to go somewhere. Gareth (one of the other hospitaleros) suggested going up the mountain. Sure! That sounds like so much … Continue reading

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Zombie Bedbugs

Bedbugs are a fact of life on the camino. The albergues may claim to be bedbug free, but with the number of people passing through, it’s just about impossible on a longterm basis. The place I am volunteering at does … Continue reading

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Mi Rutina (or My Routine)

Every once in a while I think my Spanish is not too bad. Then I am at the dinner table with six other people, all of them speaking Spanish with varying degrees of speed and I feel like I’ve been … Continue reading

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It’s Hot Out!!!

There’s nothing like 32 degree weather to make you appreciate Vancouver. I walked out of the airport in Madrid and was immediately struck by the difference. Saying it’s a dry heat doesn’t really lesson the impression that you have just … Continue reading

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