The Camino Keeps Giving

An expression I heard more than once while on Camino last fall was “The Camino gives you what you need when you need it”.  It did seem that way; many times I had been walking and wondered if I had lost the trail, then a short time later the familiar yellow arrow would appear letting me know I was still on path or when I was thirsty and tired, a village with a wonderful café would  suddenly appear.

Those of us who have walked and returned home will say things like “Every day is a Camino”, “The Camino continues to give even though you are home” or “The Camino is calling me back”.  For me all are true.  As you know, I have been called again, I am returning to Spain in mid September.  My life has changed drastically on so many levels since my return home.  I have gained a new-found insight into who I am and what makes me tick.  But that is not the topic for today.

This week a promise I had made to a hotelier while I was on the Camino last year came back to mind.  I had not fulfilled this promise and was feeling guilty. While staying in her Casa Rurale, (Las Aguedas in Ventosa, Spain) she and I had a conversation about a blank wall she had in her backyard.  I told her I was a mosaic artist and would put a large mural of La Rioja on that wall to fill the space.  She and her husband were very interested, they told me I could stay in their Casa Rurale while I worked on the mosaic; they would provide room, board and meals for as long as the mural took to create.  I left their Casa Rurale with her email address on a yellow sticky note.  I promised to be in touch with a design when I returned to the States.  Well, the sticky note remained on top of my desk since my return, in fact it is still there.  I never created the mosaic design for them.

Now here comes the part where “the Camino continues to give even though you are home”.  I am booked into the same Casa Rurale this year.  I was embarrassed to have not kept my word, I figured now was a good time to contact Rocio.  I sent her an email asking if she remembered me and questioned if she was still interested in having a mosaic created on the wall.  A reply came within a day.

“Hello Arlene, thank you very much for your mail. Of course I remember you, and it´s a pitty you have made the reservation with Booking becouse I could do it directly for you. The wall still the same so I will send you a photo to remenber it. The size is width 7.30cm x height 1.86cm. It is a good news that you will be walking the Camino again. Thank you for remember us. Any thing you need please contact me.”


I promptly replied telling her I had cancelled my reservation with and asked her to re-book a room.  I’m now busy working on designs to bring or send her before I arrive.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could design and work on a mosaic in the Rioja region of Spain next year?  How cool would that be?  I’d have a creation of mine in Spain for all the pilgrims to see for years and years to come.  Talk about a way to give back to the Camino!

One response to “The Camino Keeps Giving

  1. Awesome! I love the thought that my mosaic artisan will also be creating in Spain.


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