a wandering woman writes

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Along the Camino: a proud pair of boots

This is my very favorite Camino de Santiago photo, from 36 days walking, 45 days away from home and more than 800 photos.

Three pairs of boots, airing in the window of the pilgrim's refuge at the convent of the Poor Clares (Clarisas) in Carrión de los Condes.

The pilgrim's dorm overlooks the entrance patio of the Clarisa's 13th century convent. It was there, amongst the famous carvings and arches, that Spanish tourists stopping to buy the Poor Clare's sweets one Monday afternoon found this little window, and the 6 boots of the convent's guests: a wandering American, a singing German and an Italian-speaking ladies man from Switzerland.

The tourists mostly giggled and pointed.

But I never saw my dust-covered boots more proud.



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