I have just read Ailsa Piper’s Sinning Across Spain: Walking the Camino (2017 edition)
Reading this book – an Australian’s reflections on the experience of walking the pilgrim route of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela – re-ignited my desire to take this walk myself.
As Antonio Machado put it in his famous song, which she quotes:
…. Traveller, there is no road
The road is made by walking…
And turning, you look back at a road you will never tread again….
The book is full of insights in the art of living such as:
Anger reminds us that we care…
Change rarely occurs until there has been a bit of anger. Anger at the
way things are. Anger at apathy. Anger at the lack of compassion.
And isn’t the release of anger beneficial for psychological health?
In a café, she read a tile with the inscription:
“its’ better to sin little than to confess much”
I like this line.
Sitting down, comparing notes with a fellow traveller, she observed:
“[he] and I looked at each other’s photos, comparing our days. We had seen different things in the same places at the same time”
I really related to this, because I made the same observation when on architectural explorations of Spain – travelling with two architects it was fascinating how each of us highlighted different features in the same buildings.