Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 36: Perched on the Edge

...muy rapido, I'm borrowing a laptop from a kind fellow who was once a pilgrim to Santiago...

With a fanfare of rolling thunder and abundant rain, I've arrived at the edge of my map, the edge of Spain, and the edge of the continent. Tomorrow, Africa... wow.

I realize that many a pampered pilgrim would have given in and called a cab or flagged a ride or otherwise taken public transportation rather than slog through the last mountains, but snug under my raingear, I enjoyed the enhanced fragrance of eucalyptus towering above and mint being crushed underfoot, and came upon some water creatures as I forded the muddy brooks and some wild pigs feeding on acorns as I bushwhacked across a meadow... life goes on, even when wet. Time to dry off and get the last of the Spanish wine before the next gastronomic adventure begins.

Just as the darkness of nightfall encased the world around me, a small sliver of the setting sun broke through and illuminated the Rock of Gibraltar. The moon shines through the thin clouds that remain. Tomorrow, I'll glimpse the other Pillar of Hercules. Hasta mañana!

5 comments:

Sheila Phelan Wright said...

Well, public transportation might have looked good to me. Wow is right. Today Spain, tomorrow Africa and those boots were surely made for walking.
Amazing, amazing grace.

ksam said...

This is going to be one heck of an adventure! I'm almost holding my breath in excitement for you, Buen Camino!!

Anonymous said...

Allah o Akbar!

Compostelle 2008 said...

Keep safe and for my sake I hope you have the opportunity to blog as often in Africa!

Michèle (Ottawa, ON) Canada

Anonymous said...

Sure wish I was a little fly on your backpack! You write fantastic tales...keep them coming! You'll become a legend..."the shrimp in boots!" or some such title. Keep on, brave woman!