Hotel Padornelo – Chapter 79


I take a photo of my old boots before throwing them in the trash. I will be walking in my new boots even though they do not fit perfectly. I was unable to find extra-wide boots in Spain.


We are walking to the Hotel Padornelo, which is just to the north of the village of Padornelo. We begin in Requejo de Sanabria, walking on the road.


Karen is concerned because we will be climbing thousands of feet in elevation. I worry about my new shoes. The trail takes a detour due to road construction.

I read chapter 79 of the Tao te Ching:

“Failure is an opportunity.
If you blame someone else,
there is no end to the blame.”


Eventually, the camino detour leaves the highway.

“Therefore the Master
fulfills her own obligations
and corrects her own mistakes.”


We are climbing, passing under three highways.

“She does what she needs to do
and demands nothing of others.”


We draw closer to the highest point of our camino.


We are almost at the top.


This cross is close to the top.


We reach the church at Padornelo.



It it is a very small village but it’s name is written on the hillside.


I look at at the fountain.




I look out from the window of our hotel room. Our hike, which had originally seemed difficult, turned out to be easy.

Lao tsu describes learning from one’s mistakes. Unfortunately, most people develop patterns with regard to their relationships — patterns that are difficult to unlearn. It would be very unusual to “demand nothing from others.”



I made another video looking out of our hotel room window.  The first video was okay but maybe this one is better.

It is like a relationship — it is okay at first but then you start wanting something different.



Lao  tsu’s hero/ heroine do not expect or demand more —  He/she does what they need to do.

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