Sunday, September 13, 2009

Camino de Santiago

What a gift it was for us as a family and Young Life Madrid staff to staff a small Albergue (Hostel) for pilgrims traveling to Santiago to visit the Cathedral where St. James bones are apparently housed. It was just what we needed as we stepped off the plane in Madrid we were all feeling a little home sick and sad. It was a perfect time of living in community and serving folks from more than 35 countries!

Some pictures of the Albergue:

This house next door is over 350 years old. Maria lives here with her son and their cows (yes, they live inside with them too!) Notice the next picture, Maria is following their cow out the door and up the street!

The Dining Room

...full of pilgrims for the free nightly dinner

The bedroom that held 12 snoring pilgrims--right on top of each other!

Outside in the morning greeting pilgrims and serving them with coffee, tea, water, bathrooms and good conversations.

The cows walked past us many times a day on their way to the pasture and to get milked. We all loved it until they unloaded right in front of the house! We all felt like we had stepped back into time with these folks and their simple way of life--made us quite jealous in a lot of ways!

Our team for the week. Young Life Madrid--plus Ruben one of the neighbor boys.

Tom, graciously taking a turn with Tallulah!
Me and Ruben playing a game he made up with Pokemon chips.
Liza, the little Pilgrim
Buying our daily bread from the bread lady who would drive in from a nearby town.

Our living arrangements...First camping since we have been in Spain!

Some Tallulah Glamor shots...

The girls were in hog heaven with Kate, Ana, Tom, Barbara and Jim at their beck and call...

Great picture of Maria dressed up getting ready to go into town--she was about four feet tall!

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Tallulah entertaining us from the outside--she was screaming too loud to keep her in!

Us in front of the Cathedral in Santiago--where everyone was trying to get!


lyndsay said...

wow!!! what great pictures! thank you so much for sharing them! it looks like everyone had a wonderful time. SO glad it was such a good time for you guys. love you!!

Kristie said...

We Love to see those "Camping Excursions" - Hope you guys are well..

shoo said...

What a fantastic experience for all of you! No wonder Tallulah now knows how to moo! Bet the girls loved the animals.

Will Whitmire said...

Man, that looks like an awesome time. Some of my favorite times that I've had in Europe were in the little towns. I think y'all have me beat with this one. I'm jealous!