Hi folks :0)
Thanks to everyone who has stuck with us through our journey.
Well, the journey (at least the physical journey) is over and we have had time to reflect and absorb.
The first day in Santiago was spent in wonderful, awed confusion.
Camino friends, both new and old were hugged and congratulated in the cathedral square. Here, each day, the world meets and countries embrace and laugh together.
Borders do not exist and religions embrace with the full joy and glory of their God.
No words were needed and huge smiles told the story better than any language; “We did it!!!”
For weeks now we have all been brothers and sisters with a common goal and a beautiful connection that we all hope, deep inside, we will never loose and may feel again.
The ‘real world’ can never take that away from us, no matter where we go from here or which part of the world we call home.
The gift we must embrace now, is to remember. When we look at the news and they try to convince us that the world is a dangerous place and we should all fear each other, we need to remember the Muslim man and Jewish woman offering each other a huge, smiling “Buen Camino.” The Christian and the atheist discussing God over a well earned cold beer at the end of a long day on the sun blistered road.
The little, exhausted French lady who found new strength in the sight of two kilted Scots.
Here is the truth of humanity!
Not the Governments or the powers that be, but the common people with love in their hearts and joy in their souls.
It really is possible to celebrate our differences as well as our commonality and embrace the unavoidable fact that we really ARE one big family!
Standing in the cathedral square in the pouring rain today, we saw new arrivals repeating the same ritual of thanks and joy that we went through in our own final steps only 2 days before.
Today, someone leaves St. Jean on the beginning of their own Camino, and so the circle of joy, sharing and sore feet continues :0)