Today I found myself appreciating the vast array of examples of hospitality I have been experiencing on the Camino. They are subtle and not so subtle, and they are everywhere. On a regular basis throughout the day I am greeted with “Buen Camino” from both townspeople and pilgrims. It seems genuine and heartfelt, and it is so very sweet to experience. And then there are the Camino markers, guiding us on our way. They come in a variety of sizes and forms. And they are everywhere – in the woods, in the cities, along the highways, on signposts and concrete markers, the sides of buildings and painted on sidewalks. Someone (or perhaps a whole army of someones) has to install and maintain these things, and all for the express purpose of helping pilgrims find their way. Speaking as one of those pilgrims, I feel very welcomed. And at the end of the day there is a network of Alberges (hostels) run by municipalities and churches and a variety of other people and organizations. All set up to give us a place to sleep at a very reasonable price (tonight’s stay cost me 7 euros).
What I take from all of this is that it feels really lovely to be the recipient of this much gracious and thoughtful hospitality. I hope I can become more intentional about practicing it in my own life. Yet one more gift from the Comino, and I’m only three days in.