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CAMINO DAY THIRTY THREE

Sarria to Portomarin 22.7 km
Adjusted Actual 27.4 km

The majority of today was shaded paths through woodland tracks with many hills to traverse (hence the adjusted km) and our legs are weary.

We had hoped to awaken to blue skies (isn’t that so much like life!) but alas our walk was in and out of fog and clouds most of the day. It was damp, humid, and exhausting.

A few weeks ago a dear friend of ours (Neil) said he loved yellow flowers and knew them to be happy flowers … I took them as a wink from God that He is with us. Today, amidst the cold and fog…right on the side of the path, there were the yellow flowers! Just a lovely reminder.

The people of Spain are incredibly generous and we stopped at a private trackside home today where they had put out food and drinks you could eat – for the cost of a donation. A little elderly lady had cooked the lot! It was our best lunch yet. And a God wink on a dismal day.

We walked the late morning with Jean who has worked as a volunteer in palestinian refugee camps…sharing her story was a highlight and so pertinent to what we are also doing on this Camino. As we walked the km we shared like-minded hearts and talked of living for others and for purpose. I love meeting people who live like this.

We are in the beautiful town of Portomarin which nestles near a magnificent river. We are drinking coffee and replenishing for tomorrow.

Highlights: Our albergue was amazing and we got extra toast for breaky (soooo good) stunning fog laden paddocks, yellow flower God winks along the way, Jean, walking the hills with ease (fitness improved) and a lovely town for the night. And we passed the 100km to go marker!!!!

Reflection:
Our beautiful lunch was eaten at a private home with the host serving us with great joy. When the true gift of hospitality is being used it blesses everyone.
Meeting Jean was an inspiration today. I find that God brings people into our lives in the most amazing ways and for purposes greater than we know.
I wanted the clouds/fog/mist to be gone today but it wasn’t. Our tough times last longer than we ever desire, yet we see glimpses of hope (yellow flowers and sunshine) bursting through along the way.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our post yesterday. – particularly to those struggling. In valley seasons, be encouraged that He is with you and walks with you.


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