Today we are in Palac de Rei - a small town about 76-km from Santiago. We passed several of these sweet structures on our way to town. Curious, I did some research and discovered these are called hórreos. They are a typical granary in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula (mainly Galicia, Asturias and Northern Portugal). They are built in wood or stone, raised from the ground by pillars or esteos and end in flat staddle stones or vira-ratos to avoid the access of rodents.
I thought they were little churches! Everything here is coated with the beautiful patina of history and years gone by.
I think about the concept of impermanence. As I hobble down the street with my walking stick, I am often greeted by other peregrinos with a look of compassion and I greet them back with a big smile on my face. I am reminded of the quote "There but for the grace of God go I." The only thing we can be sure of in this life is impermanence. So much suffering comes from trying to solidify things that just can't be solidified!
I continue to rest with my leg elevated. My sadness at not walking this last half of the Camino has been replaced with an opportunity to deeply rest in a way I haven't done for years... or maybe ever. I can't imagine we will be leaving Spain one week from today. I feel I will come back and complete my walk... we will see. I have learned so much this time that will/ that is serving me well now and will continue to do so in the future.
"When you come across something you enjoy, Though beautiful to experience, like a summer rainbow, Don’t take it as real. Let go of attachment —
this is the practice of a bodhisattva."