Nice Times in Najera

Today we took a short day today and got into Najera early enough to rest and do some sightseeing.  We first learned that Najera is pronounced in a more Arabic fashion than Spanish.  Think coughing up a hairball kind of sound for the 'j'.  It is from the Arabic meaning of "between the cliffs". Orduño ...

Two Selves

There are many souls on the Camino. We walk alone, and we walk together. It is the constant flow of the walk. We meet new people and let them go as easily as we meet them. We get to know some better than others and yet with others we do a deep dive and find ...

A Fresh Start

I have been given a fresh start in life. I really like the idea that we can begin the day over again whenever we so choose. It is not really easy to do, but we do have that choice. I am now beginning my second Camino experience and I am in a group with a ...

The Ancients 

Yesterday we spent the whole day hiking up a mountain pass that was the path of the very first Camino.  On this path is a megalithic tomb that dates back thousands of years.  We each took time to reflect on our ancestors and had a chance to honor them.  We pondered three questions.  Which ancestor ...

Rolling around Madrid

We did a bike tour of Madrid today. This is truely a a majestic city. We started out just north of the main Central Park and ventured over to the palace and then took a meandering path through the heart of Madrid. Here are some of the pics along the way. I will let the ...

Food, Food, and More Food

Madrid is a gastronimical delight. There are restaurants eeeeverywherrre. It makes it kinda hard to decide what I want to eat because I want to try everything but I know I cant because I get full all too fast these days. One cool place we ran into was the Mercado de San Miguel. This is ...

Crossing Into Gratitude

As part of the preparation for the Camino, I wanted to make something to carry along. The idea I had was to make a Celtic Cross. I am of Celtic descent. The name Cutherell has deep roots in Welsh lore and my father was enamoured with kings and queens and being a Celt. It has ...

Prepping and Processing 

So Vicki and I are doing our final prep for our upcoming Camino trip. I am finding out that this is as much about processing our emotions as it is about physically preparing, maybe even more about the emotions.  Specifically today we were talking about sleeping together.  You see we just haven't gotten to the ...

The Moments I Want to See

The subtle gesture, the head nod, the quick intense glance, the oddly timed laugh.  These are all things we notice daily, or do we?  When I try to remember back as to what some of the gestures my Mom made growing up, the only one I remember besides her smiling was pursed lips.  She never ...

Reflections

Have you ever looked so deep into a reflection that it turns three dimensional?   You can actually see the full world in it and it takes on a depth and fullness that is not only real, but is surreal. That is what happened when I looked deeply into the reflection in this pristine lake ...

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