50 Years a Pilgrim: Part One

Jacobeo 1965 poster

Jacobeo 1965 poster

The recollections on the Camino de Santiago – first planned as a series of series of Lent 2015 posts – will continue as pages in the drop down menu Santiago Pilgrimage. The first one has been moved there and later I will add more pages. Having spent some time last weekend writing the opening blog post of this series, I noticed from the stats that these efforts were not really reflected in the number of people viewing the page, so it is better to continue the series on separate pages, while maintaining the focus on the donkeys here!

See the original blogpost here, 1965

morris cart
Meanwhile, we return to pictures of donkeys and hope to regain the blog audience lost over the past two days. (Stats reveal the all time low yesterday: 9 blog visitors.) So, in haste here is a donkey photo: Morris with the refurbished cart, now repaired after a wheel fell off.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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9 Responses to 50 Years a Pilgrim: Part One

  1. JabbaPapa says:

    1965, the year of my birth …

    Your account of those pioneering years is wonderful, Gareth, though my own pioneering on the Paris route 30 years later was different in many ways.

    I had the immense joy, last year, to finally cross over to Portomarin on the old mediaeval bridge that’s so sadly nearly always submerged by the waters of the reservoir, though it’s always been a special place for me on the Camino ; though that crossing did increase my sadness at the disappearance of the old port town under those waters.

    And yes, that trip from the Baleares to Barcelona does make you sick doesn’t it !!!

  2. Geert Bakker says:

    Very nice and interesting, Gareth! Please go on; every detail is important. As it happens I’m investigating old customs around bees and they have a little to do with (the soul of) pilgrims.

  3. Grandpa Zeke says:

    Very interesting even without a donkey photo.

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Ah…. Yes, I should have foreseen that problem. For those who need a donkey photo, here’s Morris on the Sunday cart training session today:

    morris cart

  5. orthodoxgirl99 says:

    This makes fascinating reading. How old were you all when you made this first pilgrimage? A long way for small boys, but then perhaps your Spanish OJE were a little older than today’s boy scouts? I have always wanted to travel the Camino and hope to do some part of it before I get too decrepit! I would love to finish in Compestela and attend the Mass there. For me it would be my walk of retreat, my time of saying my rosary, the wonderful Jesus Prayer and my walk with Christ….plus revelling in the beauty of the landscape of course! Looking forward to part 2! Btw, I’m really enjoying your blog and have started right at the beginning…up to the end of 2011 at the moment. Keep well dear Brother Lapin and keep your faith burning brightly! Love to the gorgeous donks 🙂

  6. Frere Rabit says:

    orthodoxgirl99, I was fourteen when our OJE group did that 1965 Camino.

    I’m slightly behind on my target to put up Part 2 today, due to various donkey chores and school work. Part 2 will be posted later in the week.

  7. Sandy Morris says:

    Looking forward to Part 2….May I ask then,did you grow up in Ibiza ? I rather imagined you to be a very English schoolboy,Apologies if you have explained on a previous post.Thanks for the Donkey fix!

  8. Frere Rabit says:

    Sandy Morris: Well yes, I was in school in Ibiza. It was the 60s, and there were artists, writers, hippies, Vietnam draft-dodgers, Falangists, and an ever-growing number of package tourists, who eventually won, and took over the island. You may like to visit my Ibiza Christmas pages, if you want to know more about Ibiza. http://brotherlapin.com/2014/12/24/ibiza-town-in-winter-theres-more-life-in-the-necropolis/

  9. JabbaPapa says:

    an ever-growing number of package tourists

    My dad and uncles were the first to start sending them there … :-/

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