Day 13 Balance

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.

It was a grande size of cafe con leche. The cake is a local delicacy which we decided to have as another pilgrim was having it too!

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.

I was amazed that such prime land on the cliff edge was grazing land for the cows! The home was set further back from the cliff edge,

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.

Imagine having a beach to yourself!
Used a filter to highlight the colors of the sand and skies!
Selfie without the filter
Looking inland
The ocean views kept on taking our breath!

Why ‘balance’ as today’s theme? Look at the next picture and see what’s unusual.

Joon is ahead walking on the dirt path, which is about 15-20 feet from the edge of the cliff. We are about 170 feet above sea level. Consider the (brown) ground that we are coming up to.
Yup, that’s furrowed ground for crops. Earlier we saw remnants of maize kernels.

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.

Enjoying each other’s presence and companionship.
The final stretch to the ferry point to Santander involved walking several km along the beach till one swings inland at some buildings in the distance.
A cafe for surfers had some great messages. Here is one of them.
Our ferry to Santander. Masks are still required on all public transportation.

Balance. We ended our day with a 6.30pm service at the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asunción de Santander.

Main cathedral
Lower level chapel

Author: Ben & Joon

Residents in the great Pacific North West. Living life as it happens, learning our purpose and trail blazing our own paths. Namaste.

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