Today my friend Françoise posted the following photo of Olalla and I from last year’s Camino of Olalla and I approaching Ciraqui. Ironically, tonight I happen to be staying in Cirauqui! How’s that for a coincidence?
I’ve never seen the photo before but love it. This morning I was thinking about how different this year’s Camino is and this photo demonstrates several differences. Last year it was significantly cooler; in fact, where we are currently experiencing a heat wave, last year there was a record cold spell on the Meseta. Another difference was that I walked the traditional stages last year so experienced seeing many more pilgrims during the day than I am this year as I am currently walking intermediary stages. Finally, while last year I walked the first 8 stages with other people, this year I have walked them a alone with the exception of a few minutes here and there.
Many thanks, Francoise, for posting the photo!