Sunday, September 23, 2018
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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 30: Even as the way gets crowded with newcomers, a pilgrim holds faith that ‘The Camino will provide’

Day 30 (Tuesday, August 1): Gonzar to San Xulían: 20.4 km, 6.5 hours. Total for Days 1-30 = 717 km (446 miles)

The Camino provides.

With every step closer to Santiago de Compostela, there are more and more pilgrims walking the Camino. Albergues tend to fill up quickly these days. Many folks are calling ahead to reserve a spot. I am choosing to trust that the Camino will provide.

I was really hoping (and at the same time mentally preparing myself to continue walking if need be) to get a bed at Casa Domingo, a special little gem of an albergue that only has room for 16 pilgrims. Surely it was booked solid by now.

I arrived and found Jeanine and Mike, a couple I had met back in Villafranca. We chatted for a while, and I ordered coffee as they checked into the room that they had pre-booked. The hospitalero initially told me there were no beds available, but then asked me to wait a moment while he checked a few things.

As I sat sipping my coffee and falling more and more in love with the idea of staying there, Jeanine requested a special flaming cocktail ceremony (Queimada) to be done at the communal dinner. I knew this was where I wanted to spend one of my last nights on the Camino.

And I did.

The Camino provides.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The parade towards Santiago.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The scenery around me is as beautiful as ever.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

More lush greenery.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The hospitalero preparing the Queimada (a drink that has been made in this part of the world for the past 2,000 years).

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

After the ceremony/performance, he invited Jeanine to dress the part and read the script.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

We all took turns wearing the hat.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The backside of my Camino passport, after 30 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue Casa Domingo

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi, 29, of St. Petersburg, FL., is a teacher at Country Day School in Largo, FL. She is currently in Europe walking the 500-mile Camino De Santiago. She is sending the Times a daily blog post about her solo journey, which is expected to last 33 days, ending on August 4, 2017. You can e-mail Kelly at [email protected], though you might not hear back until after she returns.

Read the post for Day 31 of Kelly’s Camino.

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