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Old 04-04-2013, 10:56 PM   #9
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Do you believe?

Yesterday on the way into Pamplona I was sitting at a stop light while some pedestrians crossed, a couple of whom were obviously pilgrims on their way to Santiago. The Camino de Santiago was the first real tourist route for normal (not rich) people, was pretty much the beginning of tourism in Europe, and was the subject of possibly the first guide book ever written for travelers, so in that respect it has had some effect on all of us. Obviously it meant far more to most of the religious pilgrims who walked it than mere tourism, and for many it still does, but like so many other things most of us have taken what was originally something about God (a pilgrimage journey) and remade it into something to please ourselves (vacations).

I looked at this young woman with her rain poncho, her pack covered with a trash bag, her wet hair, and wanted to give her some encouragement. All I could do was give her a thumbs up, which she returned. I think she was looking at that poor guy on the motorcycle and trying to decide who had it worse, her or me. Anyway, I looked up at the sky, rolled my eyes and shrugged. She smiled at this and also shrugged, the light turned green, and I was off.

The next song on my iPod was American Pie by Don McLean.

"Did you write the Book of Love and do you have faith in God, above?
If the Bible tells you so
Now, do you believe in Rock and Roll? Can music save your mortal soul? And... Can you teach me how to dance real slow?

I hope she has a safe and meaningful trip.

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