On April 23rd, 2015, I set out from Villaverde, Spain, on my way to Astorga. The hills, valleys, and red earth, were peaceful.
So peaceful that I decided to preserve the surroundings with shaky, dizzying video
Up I went to a squatter’s residence at the top of the hill, overlooking Astorga far below. David lives there in joy, peace, and simplicity. Here he is with my Camino friend Sarah.
He maintains a little snack stand that is run off donations.
On his free time, or during the slow seasons on the Camino, he makes esoteric art like this. He has made a humble home in the lean-to behind the tree on the left for six years.
Also atop a hill is one of the many crosses with mementos cluttering the base.
In Astorga, a few Euros buys you admission to the cathedral, the museum, and the Gaudi house below.
Inside, it is sacred, colorful, and playful. Signature Gaudi.
The museum contained intricate, gorgeous illuminated manuscripts.
I could have stared at these manuscripts for hours. I had, instead, to get back to the albergue to wash my clothes and take a shower. A good night’s sleep and I continued on the Camino de Santiago.
If you’ve missed any of the photos in this series, feel free to backtrack over here.