2014 Camino Francés

Day 21: Beware the Wolves on the Camino

July 10, 2014
A wolf sitting in grass silhouetted against a sunset sky

Man is to man either a god or a wolf“. –Desiderius Erasmus

Camino de Santiago

Between Virgen del Camino & Villar de Mazarife

I was less than a mile outside of La Virgen del Camino headed toward Villar de Mazarife when an old man hobbling along the road with a cane and sporting a jaunty cap called out to me.

“Hey,” he yelled in Spanish. “You’re not walking alone, are you? A woman alone on the Camino?”

“Yes,” I replied, also in Spanish. “Why not?”

He drew near and I slowed down. “It’s dangerous for a woman alone on the Camino,” he told me, his voice low and raspy. “There are wolves!”

Immediately I retorted, “Qué va!” which (I think) translates into, “No way!” or, “That’s ridiculous!” in English.

“It’s true,” he persisted. “There are many wolves along this route…wolves of the two-legged variety.”

I laughed and resumed walking west as he continued calling out behind me, “Be careful girl! It’s dangerous! Watch out for those wolves…”

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Have you had any funny or poignant experiences with the locals while traveling? Please share them in the comments…


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    Remedio contra lobos de 4 patas:
    Se puede llevar en la mochila.

    Andábamos por los Picos de Europa, unos primos y nosotros, a más de 2.000 metros de altura, con mucha niebla. Ibamos muy tranquilos hasta que nos encontramos con un pastor que nos contó que, tuviéramos cuidado que los lobos atacaban con niebla, que unos días antes a otro pastor por aquella misma zona le habían salido tres lobos. El pastor aterrado no sabía que hacer y tan aterrado estaba que se le cayó al suelo un paraguas de apertura automática. el paraguas al caer al suelo se abrió automáticamente y los lobos huyeron despavoridos.
    Solución contra lobos llevar un paraguas automático en la mochila.

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