Bert and Betty wanted to take us out for a few hours, to go replenish the wine supply, and to see a little of historic Puente la Reina, a very old Spanish town where two rivers come together, flowing under an original Roman built bridge. But first, as we do every morning, there was a devotional time. This time up on the rooftop patio to enjoy the sunshine and the view.
The devotional times have been sweet, and I look forward to them each day. Many pilgrims come hurting, either physically or emotionally/spiritually (or both), and it is such a privilege to meet these precious people and to be able to encourage them, pray for them, and just serve them. Our family style dinners are always so much fun as everyone visits and shares their stories of how they came to be on the Camino. We have had families with young children as well as pilgrims in their eighties. After dinner at night we offer a “Christian meditation” time, which many elect to participate in. It lasts about a half hour, with mostly no talking while listening to some nice instrumental music, and we take turns leading it, speaking a few short verses out of the bible, and praying a blessing on the pilgrims. Many share with us what a blessing our albergue has been for them.
The camino trail goes right by the winery, and there is a fountain for the pilgrims built into the wall. The spigot on the right provides fresh water, the one on the left provides wine! Notice the bandages on this pilgrims leg. This is early on in the camino, and after 3 or 4 days, it seems like most people are fighting blisters, swollen knees, bad ankles, and just stiff muscles from carrying backpacks they are not used to. Word of advice to those of you considering the camino: START SLOW!!!