You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Teepees, Geese, Donkeys, and the Almond Man


Tuesday June 21, 2016
Fromista to Carrion de los Condes
Day 21

This was a day with many unusual sights. We saw teepees, but never got an explanation as to why they were there. (They’re shown in one of my map books, so they have been there for a while.) We stopped to rehydrate at one albergue and found ourselves in a magical menagerie garden with geese, chickens, and even donkeys joining the pilgrims for a snack.

Walking down a long, straight stretch, we saw ahead a car parked  beside the road. As we got closer, we saw that a gentleman of advanced years was dispensing something to passing pilgrims. It was almonds. If he had time between pilgrims, he would crack  them for you. Otherwise, a handful of nuts for your pocket.

The girl ahead of me got a kiss  on the check. I got the kiss, both cracked and uncracked nuts, and a mini-muffin. James got uncracked nuts. Along the Camino you sometimes find spontaneous generosity and kindness like this.

Another day with no intermediate bus stop. We started out walking, thinking maybe to catch a taxi when we got too tired. In the end, we walked the full way, with two stops for drinks and a longish lunch break, during which we chatted with two Americans. It was a very hot day, but the road surface was great. All in all, an interesting day despite the sameness of the countryside.

Steps Today: 31,978

For photos, see June 21

Author: Camino for Boomers

I am the owner and editor of Bayou City Press in Houston, Texas. As a Foreign Service Officer, I lived and traveled all over the world for 33 years. My new book is "Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike."

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