Walking to Alcuéscar – Chapter 42

We are walking to Alcuéscar on a chilly, windy, rainy day

We leave the private alburgue — you can see the cooking facilities, bulletin board, and dining table.

I read Chapter 42 in the Tao te Ching:

“The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to all things.”

It is cold, wet, and windy. Lao tsu, author of the Tao te Ching, draws from his own mystical traditions.

“All things have their backs to the female
and stand facing the male.
When male and female combine,
all things achieve harmony.”

“Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is one with the whole universe.”

We walk a long way in the rain and wind.

We met a German guy, Christian, who is also a pilgrim. He is not bothered by the cold. He is a strong guy — even taller than me.

We arrive at our hostel, a truck-stop place. We are glad to have lived through this day.

We order the “Menu del Dia” – my first course is potato salad. My main course is pork – Karen gets fish — everything always comes with fried potatoes.

We have flan for dessert.


In the evening, Karen eats pizza while the men in the bar watch a bull fight on the TV.

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