April 10, 2016

Ok, so in all honesty the days are beginning to blur just a bit. Blur in a good way I guess as this is not tedious but enjoyable.

So I have been here for 12 days in this albergue. 2 for training which could easily have been done in one but I am a bit obsessive compulsive… And 10 as one of the Hospitalero team. I can say that so far it has been a totally amazing experience. It is like reliving the Camino each day in some small way.

This morning I went to Sunday Mass at Real Parroquia De La Santa Cruz. This is the second week that I have attended. Since it is my last Sunday I came forward for a pilgrims blessing when the Priest called pilgrims forward. There were 4 Brazilian ladies and me. The priest blessed us all, explained the church relics that pertained to St. James and pilgrimage and then asked us to come back to the Sacrastie (sp) so that he could stamp our credentials. When my turn came for him to stamp my credential he noticed that I had the same stamp for many days. I explained that I was the Hospitalero in the municipal albergue. He stamped my credential and then took different colored pens and drew a story about Nàjera in all the while explaining to me each part of the drawing and last drew in an American flag. What a great experience.

After Mass, Maria and I went for a walk up in the mountains behind town. It is a part of the old Camino that comes from San Millain to Nàjera. Lots of people out walking their dogs and having a nice time. It is beautiful here with everything so green and the river running swiftly through the center of town.

Today we have 2 brothers in the house from Canada. They are both in there early 20’s. It is a Sunday so stores are closed and restaurants are not open yet so I offered them some Kraft blue box Mac and Cheese that someone had left yesterday. You would have thought I gave them a new car. They were so excited to have, as they called in Kraft Dinner. As they were sharing it with 2 girls from Germany who had never tasted it before they were talking about the fact that Canada was the largest consumer of Kraft Dinner in the world. Needless to say we made their day.

Again we had a cross section of the world in the house tonight. Italians, Spaniards, Norwegians, people from Sweeden, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Korea, Hungary, France, and America, and 2 guys from Sardinia. Many of us shared cooking and eating a common meal. Super fun way to get to talk to many people all at once.

Location:Plaza de Santiago,Nájera,Spain

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