Day 2: Transfer to Sarria
By Sissy Massad
We woke up leisurely today and then boarded our bus to Sarria which is about a five hour drive northwest of Madrid. This is the starting point for our 115k Camino walk. In the morning we leave early to begin our pilgrimage, and a week later we’ll complete our journey when we arrive in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
This is the reported burial site of the apostle St. James who according to tradition brought Christianity to the Iberian Peninsula. This Camino has been a source of renewal for pilgrims from all over the world for centuries.
Several ladies in our group are walking in honor and celebration of loved ones they have lost while a few are marking milestone birthdays and transitions into new stages of life.
Many of us look forward to being in community with not only our Saint Michael’s group, but also with the Camino community at large.
We think this is a wonderful opportunity to slow down…grow closer in our relationship with God. To be present and know His presence. To revel in His creation. And to celebrate this gift of life.
An aside: When we arrived at the hotel we had an orientation by one of our Fresco Tours guide. There were numerous concerns about getting lost along the way. (I may be going the wrong direction, but I’m making good time. Yogi Berra) ,but we were assured that are are yellow arrows about every half mile pointing the way. Whew. That is A LOT of yellow arrows.