Camino de Santiago - Day 21

This morning I awoke with thoughts of walking once again, but I could feel immediately that while my ankle is improving, it was still too soon. I am pleased with the new found sense of ease I feel around my time on the Camino not being quite as I had envisioned. Perhaps the magic of the Camino is healing this peregrino in more ways than one, and after all these years I am learning to truly let myself rest in the present moment... As you can see above - I even took time to stop and smell the flowers!

My first Camino marker of the day was the sugar packet that came with my cafe' con leche. Terrie and I decided that we would take a taxi to our next destination - I would go the entire way and she would get dropped off and walk part of the day. While we waited for our taxi and enjoyed our cafe' I started reading about Villafranca del Bierzo- the town we were in. We discovered that May 1 - today is a very important Festival day in this area.

Sunday May 1 is "A Festa do Maio", one of its oldest traditions, which has survived to this day, from generation to generation , organized by the School of Bagpipes Cultural Association and with the collaboration of the City of Villafranca del Bierzo. Declared a Provincial Tourist Interest, which is a celebration of spring, represented by plant species, which are made to look like a ritual, by which it asks the plant spirits to favor the fertility of the people. It is living maios, for that youth and children are covered with branches of "cañaveira