We stay at the Hotel Moya because it is Easter and everything is closed and we were hoping to get something to eat — but it does not work out very well (complex situation — they offer a special banquet which we can’t afford). We eat our dried ham and cheese.
The next day, our day off, we visit the Museo de Jason (Ham Museum).
There is more information about ham than you could ever have imagined. Ham is very important here.
There are many, many videos about pork, ham, sausage, preparation, seasoning, old style ways and new ways.
I read Chapter 33 of the Tao te Ching:
“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.”
The Iberian pigs eat acorns — making them special and healthy. People say that diet is important and we used to avoid eating beef and pork. These days we are merely trying to survive. Each day we eat ham and cheese which are available in the Mercado.
We are silly. The message: “I love the Ham Museum of Monesterio.”
The statue of a pig, shown at the top of this blog, was painted by a famous Spanish artist — so I suppose we are in harmony with the situation.
Karen disagrees. “This is serious,” She says. “They are very serious about this.”
I want to visit the church but Karen is tired of walking. I want to pray for the readers of this blog. “God is everywhere,” she says. “You can pray anywhere.”
“But some places are better than others,” I tell her. We go, but, of course it is closed. It was built in the 15th century — special architecture (Mudejar style) — from the Moors who converted to Christianity. Will the prayer work from outside? It’s all a matter of faith, isn’t it? I am not figuring things out very well, today — I am not getting a proper diet and they don’t let you eat supper until 8 pm. You can’t get lunch at noon. The custom, it seems.
In the morning, we are off.
“Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
“If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.”
“If you stay in the center
and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever.”
It is very hot and the road is long. I cannot grasp this — but the Tao te Ching is not meant to be grasped.
We see the town of Fuente de Cantos. Hearing the words of the Tao te Ching often has little effect. Most people cannot understand it. I read it because to provides signposts for the inner Way. If you come with us we will show it to you.
It is a mystery.
We see a bug.