A little later than expected, I walk out of Hospedaria San Martin Pinario to run some errands. Although it is still quite early in the morning, I am the only person on Rua Da Acibecheria, a rare occurrence on this narrow street that runs next to the Santiago Cathedral. As I move forward into the Praza Inmaculada, a couple walks through the old stone tunnel that leads from Praza do Obradoira.
“Elissa?” queries the woman.
I look at her quizzically, trying to place her face, my mind scanning the faces of all the people I have encountered and exchanged names with during the past 35-or-so days. But it doesn’t register and I stare at her blankly.
“Elissa?” she asks again. I nod. “I’m Denise.”
I can’t believe it! It’s fellow blogger Denise,whom I’ve never met in person. Denise writes about her Camino journeys on her blog, Jakobsweb, and she and I have been in contact via our blogs and Facebook during the past few months. I knew she was somewhere in the area but to run into each other like this…it feels incredible! Especially when she tells me that it was her boyfriend who recognized me first! “He saw you walking out of the hotel, turned to me and said, ‘Hey, isn’t that the Camino blogger you’ve been corresponding with?'” He had recognized me from photos!
We make plans to meet for dinner and as I walk away, I marvel at the timing of this “chance” meeting. One coffee less at breakfast and our paths would not have crossed, at least not here and now…
Synchronicity in general and Camino synchronicity in particular never cease to amaze me. And there has been more synchronicity than ever this year.