Via de la Plata(minus 70 days)

Another ten days passes, another blanket is completed. Now there are just a few scraps of 8ply wool left which are fast becoming a scarf and enough 4ply for One Last Blanket.
Our focus rests on the blankets rather than the walk. At times it seems like the walk is the means to the end of getting blankets to refugees. But actually they are two equal goals that have become entwined.

And expanded. The original proposition was a bit of a jaunt, taking in Ancient Roman ruins, Visigothic architecture, medieval monasteries, Moorish influence, Christian cathedrals. It was to have been an educational field trip syncing nicely with our history studies and a burgeoning interest in architecture on the part of the boys. The children were to have researched the history of things we might see – and they have. But they will be more than simply pilgrims and tour guides. They will also be porters…

When Grandpa heard of the adventure he expressed an interest in joining us. Being 84 years of age was no barrier. More difficult was the fact that this time a year ago he was lying at death’s door completely unable to move. His recovery has been not just remarkable, but miraculous. The man who took half an hour to get into a sitting position on the edge of the hospital bed – and even then could accomplish that feat only with assistance – is now halfway through his projected recovery time and has managed to walk 14km. We don’t know how he’ll cope with day-after-day walking, but he’ll give it a go and we’ve researched bus timetables just in case. The tour guide pilgrim children have offered to carry all Grandpa’s gear so he doesn’t stress the rods and screws holding his spine together – they will be porters.

Now this sounded like an opportunity too good to pass by so an uncle who is currently living in Turkey decided to join us too – he’s looking forward to being carried up the hills!

A field trip to Spain. The enormity of this opportunity is not lost on us. We are very blessed and grateful. We are excited to be able to use our experience to offer a little help to some refugees, and we will also be highlighting a variety of education situations around the world as we blog on the road. Stay tuned!


3 thoughts on “Via de la Plata(minus 70 days)

  1. Rachel…what day will you and the gang be landing in Madrid? I’ll be there on the 29th and 30th of April, if all goes according to plan. I’m starting as hospitalera on the 1st of May. Perhaps…if we’re in town at the same time we could have a coffee together? Let me know if this sounds remotely like it would fit your schedule! Buen Camino a todos!

  2. Ahh we miss by a hair!! There is always next year!! And yes…it is San Anton! I’m so stinking excited! Of course you would understand the looks I get when I tell ’em it’s two weeks with no electricity or hot water!! But I really am looking forward to it. Also looking forward to following your travels as always!

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