A Buen Camino

When you meet a fellow pilgrim along the Camino, you greet each other with a friendly “Buen Camino”, which literally means a “good road”.  But Buen Camino means much more than that, and in that brief, symbolic encounter, there is also an exchange of hope, dreams, and possibilities.

I walked through Porto’s lovely City Park (highly recommended if you’re in town and up for a nice stroll) and felt it was such an emblematic way to leave city life behind and head out to nature.

I decided to take the alternative, coastal route out of the city, and looked forward to walking.  I could see the ocean from the distance and, when I arrived in Matasinhos, I joined a pleasant wooden boardwalk with nothing but sand and blue in the horizon.

I saw no other pilgrims, but could already sense the Camino in every step of the way.  I stopped for lunch, appreciating the view and feeling sheer gratitude and contentment.

I continued until reaching Vila Chã, a charming little fishermen village, and decided to stay for the night.  There was no designated pilgrim hostel, and I booked a room at the only pension in town, with a private balcony and incredible views of the ocean.

 Having dinner and thinking about the day, I came across the quote:
“I only went out for a walk…and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”  -John Muir
It was a magnificent and majestic way to end the day, and I was filled with dreams and hope.
Watching the sun set in Vila Chã, I knew, it was indeed a Buen Camino.
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3 Responses to A Buen Camino

  1. Lee Tolman says:

    Love your reflections. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Rasmus says:

    Thx Michal ! Im going to enjoy the coastal route on my own way ;) 2017, April.

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