|560 kms more to Santiago|
We arrive in Belorado at 3:30 pm. The Albergue Parroquial is closed. Our feet are asking us to stop here but the sun is shining and I know we have to push on to the next stop.
Tosantos is 5.8 kms away and we arrive there at 5 pm. The only albergue in town is a donativo manned by hospitaleros Jose Luis and Sergio. There are only 8 pilgrims in this 50 bed place and we are given mats and blankets in a room with the other pilgrims. At 6:30 pm, we help prepare dinner while singing hymns led by Jose Luis who has a wonderful singing voice. One of the pilgrims, David, from Germany, accompanies the singing with his guitar.
Dinner is a communal meal -- we share in preparing it -- a simple, yet soulful and warming meal of pasta soup, salad, and some slices of cold meats. After dinner, we go to the chapel in the attic of the house, say prayers and sing hymns.
|Communal Dinner at Tosantos|
|Chapel on the top floor of the albergue|
|South African couple, Marius and Emma, with yellow arrow pins from Jose Luis|
Magnificat, Magnificat, Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Magnificat, Magnificat, Magnificat anima mea! Anima mea Dominum, Anima mea Dominum.
(Sing out my soul. Sing out and glorify the Lord who sets us free. Sing out my soul. Sing out my soul. sing out and glorify the Lord God.)
Ubi carites et amor. Ubi caritas Deus ibi est.
(Where there is charity and love, God is found.)
There is a ritual where we read intentions written by other pilgrims, which, as Jose Luis says, will, on the 15th of August, be burned in the mountains and offered up to the heavens. He says we can write our intentions, which will be read by other pilgrims who pass this way 20 days after, which is the time we are expected to have reached Santiago and finished our pilgrimage. It is a very touching moment. He gives us little yellow arrow pins which he says is una indicacion para que no nos perdamos en la camino de la vida -- so as not to get lost in the Way of life.
|With Jose Luis, our kind, caring and musical Hospitalero|
|On the Tosantos Albergue wall -- so as not to forget, Desiderata -- "Go placidly amidst the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence..."|