About the only traffic was tractors going by. I don’t mind them because the drivers usually give me an encouraging wave and a nod for moving off to the side as they pass. Lots of hunters parked so again, it must be Saturday.
Perhaps this will stir up a memory for you Rob?
In 2016 I was fooled by signage taking us into Villavante as the peregrinos are now diverted through town and over the tracks on a bridge. It adds about 2 kms to a long day and I remembered to walk the old route across the tracks. I suppose safety is the main reason and that’s a good thing.
It’s pretty straight and flat. I’ll get a bit more variety tomorrow and while it’s slower going, it is definitely more interesting
And then I’m there, well here. Pretty much the most exciting part of the stage! Well, except that the sun finally came out.
Because the entrance into Hospital is pretty special.
And where am I staying tonight? Most of the accommodation in town is closed this late in the season, but I managed to arrange a room at the back of Annemarie’s favourite truck stop!
They cook here too, so no need to walk the half kilometre back into town tonight. Simply rooms at a simple price, but clean and I can’t see any bed bugs.
There’s a little store where I was able to find a beer to take up to my room too! I’ll be warm and fed, and I can’t ask much more than that.
Before Annemarie left Holland she sent me this to add. She should be home today and settling in.
How much do you understand? While Geoff is walking, in some ways I am still on my Camino...a trip to Holland is always a bit of a pilgrimage (back to my roots) for me. I have visited with over 25 family members, and with each I’ve had a discussion about our purpose, and about Alzheimer’s. The language barrier isn’t too significant since most of them speak English, but there are times when discussion is flowing in Dutch, that Imke is sure I have a “lost” look on my face. Someone will ask “how much do you understand?”, and then translate if necessary. It’s a bit of a challenge on both sides; they never really know how much of the conversation I’m following, and I don’t want to interrupt the flow and ask for a translation. I’ve been struck by how this must also be true for people with Alzheimer’s. Even though the conversation is in their language, the brain no longer processes it as quickly, and they can lose the thread of the conversation. Pausing to ask “do you understand?” can be very helpful, giving an opportunity for them to rejoin the conversation.
Tomorrow I’ll be going in search of chocolate!