A Journey of Days: Relearning Life's Lessons on the Camino by Guy Thatcher

By Guy Thatcher

Man Thatcher walked the Camino de Santiago, an historic pilgrimage path, hoping to find the cause of the compulsion that drove him there. What he came upon as an alternative was once the undying land of northern Spain, attractiveness, silence, mountains and plains, rain and constant sunlight, snow in may perhaps, heartbreaking climbs, fatigue, and damage; pleasant and inviting humans, new friendships, melancholy, transcendental pleasure, delivery and demise, and churros con chocolate. He got here away with a renewal of his trust within the extraordinary goodness of normal humans from worldwide as they shared a unprecedented trip.
Join man Thatcher as he stocks his days and his reports at the camino with you.

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Using the “C” sound instead of the “th” sound marks one as being from away, although I suspect I will give out more clues than just that one! At 1900 hours I am back in the square, sitting on a bench and watching the scene unfold before me. This square has shaded arcades around most sides, to help protect against what must be brutal summer sun. They also work pretty well, I discover, for rain. They look just like those surrounding the square in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which of course was built on the Spanish pattern.

Roger Sage, of Whipsnade, for his medical advice early on--drink a lot more water-- and for his offer to come and help when I was briefly laid up, to his wife, Jackie, for her review of an early draft of this book and her excellent advice, to my brother Ance Thatcher of Candia, New Hampshire, for his manuscript review and his comment on scythes, and to Jim Holmes of Ottawa and John McGee of Atlanta for their careful reviews of the draft and their perceptive and helpful criticism. To my daughter-in-law, TJ Sharp, who produced the wonderful artwork for the cover of this book.

The hotel has been calling Madrid for me every couple of hours, because they are aware of my problem. I can’t start the camino without my pack or some substitute for it. Later today, after 1630 when the stores re-open (siesta9 is alive and well here, just as all my books reported), I am going to find a sports clothing store to see what I can find. In the afternoon I go for a walk, meet two local men, probably in their fifties or sixties, who think that I am lost. They suggest that I try the local wine, vino de Navarre, vino del año (this year’s wine).

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