Vilar de Barrio – Chapter 4

We begin walking from Laza to Vilar de Barrio, where we will stay in an albergue.



I read Chapter 4 of the Tao te Ching by Lao Tsu.

“The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.”


We run into a Spanish pilgrim who we had met a few days  before.

“It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.”


I take a  picture.


We walk up the mountain.

“It is hidden but always present.”



We climb.


Karen is on top of the mountain.



Lao tsu writes,

“I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.”


We have coffee at a bar where the owner has all pilgrims write their names and country on a shell which he puts on display. The walls  and ceilings of many rooms are covered with shells.


We pose for a photo.



I have a shot of local home-made liquor as recommended in our guidebook.


The  top of the world




We  descend toward Vilar de Barrio. Lao tsu implies that one can “use” the Tao — how is this done?



We eat a typical snack – bread, cheese, sausage,  chocolate.




We walk to town on the road. If you practice regularly, you will be changed but there are things beyond explanation — beyond understanding. This is something you can discover.

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