Walking to Aldea del Cano – Chapter 43

We are walking on the Via de la Plata, a religious pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It is raining.

I read Chapter 43 of the Tao te Ching (translated by Steven Mitchell):
“The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.”


“That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.”


We walk over a Roman bridge that leads to a village.

“Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master’s way.”

We go into a village to buy coffee and some cheese. On the way back to the Camino we pass this fountain with pig statue.

The rain ends.

We have a snack – cheese and toast with pâté.

We go over a Roman culvert.

In town, we go to a restaurant.

We have the the Menu del Dia (menu of the day)– it consists of three courses, each with choices. It starts with a beverage. We get beer and wine — and around here they also bring olives.

I have tuna salad, Karen has ham and egg soup (the same as every day in this country, she says — noting the frequency of pork in Spain — if you ask for chicken, they say that this is difficult)

Karen has pork; I have ham croquettes (mashed potatoes, flour, onions, eggs, ham)

Dessert – ice cream (helado)

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