Mon Oct 10. Guemes to Santander. 15km + ferry ride. 5.5 hrs.
It’s jarring when one is getting used to the small villages and towns, to suddenly land in a big city like Santander. People moving around you, non-stop traffic on the roads, the cacophony of consumerism calling out from all the retail shops. Keeping one’s ‘balance’ is important as we walk; but I am getting ahead of myself.
Since we had a shorter walk today, we decided to have coffee plus some local cake at Posada Villa de Guemes before setting out. It was a change of pace, to be served in fine cups and enjoy the setting.
Walking out of Guemes at 8.30am was along the 2 lane road. There wasn’t much traffic against us. The walk was pleasant, cool and refreshing. We passed mainly countryside, residential areas in Galizano before coming to the coastal route.
This route was very uplifting. The weather was overcast, which meant there wasn’t much direct sun. But that meant blue skies were also a rarity. The coastal route passed along beaches and cliffs.
Why ‘balance’ as today’s theme? Look at the next picture and see what’s unusual.
It’s very rare for prime land like this to be kept for agriculture. In many countries, it would not be surprising to see commercial or residential developments.
Balance. Man using the land for cultivation purposes rather than development.
Balance. Living in the Present and Preparing for the Future. The Future will come to us, Day by Day, until there is no more Day.
Balance. We ended our day with a 6.30pm service at the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asunción de Santander.