July 12, 2016: Sarria to Portomarin

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I am used to very conservative, very Catholic Spain, so these posters about sexual diversity were a surprise.
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I loved coming across interesting murals having to do with the Camino.
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From the balcony, a great view.
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While walking, one frequently encounters small, ancient shrines like this one.
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I loved this graffiti.
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I tried to puzzle out this architectural structure. Is it some sort of religious crypt, given the cross? But it’s too narrow. Someone told me it’s a grain storage bin. OK, if you say so.
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As a girl raised on a ranch, I loved seeing the burros and mules along the Way.
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Walking other parts of the Camino, we could go hours without seeing another pilgrim, but once we got to Sarria, the Camino got more crowded.
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Here is another one of those strangely shaped structures, but this one was all in wood and obviously abandoned. So maybe it is for grain storage.
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I found the numerous hills and mountains torture, but they do provide glorious views when one reaches the top.
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For a history lover like me, there is nothing more wonderful than looking down and realizing that you are walking a Roman road.
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The iron work throughout Spain is magnificent. Why have a plain gate when you can have one with curlicues and circles and arrows and hearts?
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I grew up with my father cutting and baling hay in the extremely hot Louisiana climate. The bales were rectangular. Since no one in my family farms or ranches anymore, I haven’t had anyone to explain why the farming community moved to round bales. As I walked the Camino, I tried (unsuccessfully) to figure it out.
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I stopped for a while to watch the farmer in his field.
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Another view of what the field looks like after the farmer has passed through.
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Memorials of one kind or another are all along the Camino.
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Notice the witch on the balcony. This part of Spain seems to be rich in witches.
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Camino mementos for sale.
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So many designs from which to choose! By this time, I had carried the cockle shell given to me by the Gulf Coast (Houston) chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) for so far that I was not about to switch it out for something else. But sill, I did like looking at the colorful designs.
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I hated to see this, trees coming down. Shade is a prized occurrence on the Camino.
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So many trees being cleared. Why?
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Leaving these gaping swaths. Is a road coming through? A power line?
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Timber!
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Walking on a smooth, paved path. What luxury!
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Modern bridges just don’t have the appeal of the older ones, such as the extremely beautiful one at Puente La Reina.
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What an imagination, and what effort to put into a roadside mural. It was fun to walk past this.
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More of the mural.

I took a lot photographs on this day. You can look at them at https://wp.me/P7rs4v-sL.