Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday 10th May....Day 32!!!

Something different today...

This is my blog post from this day 4 years ago!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIELA!!!!!    11 years old today!!


I had a nice Birthday package that I dropped off at the English School this morning for her she comes to class tonight…the owner lovely Ms.Josefina told me that she is doing well in class and always asks after me!!!
I then went to Linda and Guy’s home where I parked Little Blackie …
One of the many items on my bucket list is to hike Camino de Santiago…

Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago, also known as el camino de santiago or the way of Saint James, are actually several hiking routes that all lead to the town of Santiago de Compostela in northern spain.
The Camino Frances is the most popular camino, starting in Saint Jean de Pied de Port in France, and ending up about 30 days later in the town of Santiago de Compostela.
The origins of the Camino de Santiago goes back one thousand years and it was an important christian pilgrimage route during the middle ages, all walking to seek forgiveness from St James. It is though that the remains of the apostle saint james is buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
In modern times pilgrims walk it for many reasons, not only religious, and to be a pilgrim has changed its meaning. What attracts people to the camino de santiago today, I think, is the mix of adventure, seeing spain and its culture and the camaraderie that builds up over several weeks of walking. Pilgrims that walk come from all over the world and that creates a great environment. Mix that with some good spanish wine and food, and you have the perfect experience.
The first ever guidebook, was written for the camino de santiago and is called the codex calixtinus. The modern day pilgrims use the internet and camino guides to prepare their walk. While on the camino, the need for such a camino guide varies. To find your way, it is not needed. You will have plenty of yellow arrows guiding you along. But it might be handy to have a camino guide to facilitate finding a place to sleep each night, if you choose not to stay in albergues.
The routes have public alberuges in almost every town at the end of each stage. These public alberges charges a low fee and gives you a shower and a place to sleep. This is usually bunk beds in rooms with 10-20 other pilgrims.

It is 800km or 500 miles and I want to be on the Way this time next year!!!!!
So I went on my first training hike I know it is early but I figured why not obviously I have lots to do to prepare including buying some good light equipment….I have read many articles and blogs and they all suggest that your back pack be no more than 10% of your body weight so for me that just around 18 pounds…you carry only the very bare necessities…this link below is to an Australian man who is just finishing the hike and I think it is a great blog!!
The area around the pressa(lake) is a great training ground very similar to the terrain in Spain, same weather conditions and I must admit my pack was very light this afternoon ..anyway I walked 18 km and here are some photos!!
So now a few hours later after a hot bath, supper, icing the knee here are a few thoughts on this quest!!
It is going to be very grueling.
I am hoping not to have issues with my right knee
I am hoping not to have issues with my left toes.
It will be a soul searching time.
It is not a race I hope to finish within 5 weeks but if it takes 5 months so be it.
I shall have no expectations.
I have no idea why I am going to do it.
Hope you have a great weekend …
Yashi Koshi!!

and this was taken last month Mexico the 15th Birthday for young ladies is very important!!.
One of the most important celebrations in Mexican culture is the tradition of the quinceañera. This constitutes a ceremony on a girl’s fifteenth birthday to mark her passage to womanhood, to give thanks to God for his blessings, and to present a young woman to the community. From an anglo perspective, the festival would seem a combination of a “sweet sixteen” birthday party combined with a coming out ball for debutantes.
In Mexican communities, the quinceañera serves not only to honor the young woman for her maturity, but also the girl’s parents and family, as well as her padrinos or godparents. The godparents, and her mother and father play important roles throughout the ceremonies. Most societies have rituals signifying a passage to adulthood for both women and men, but the quinceañera is very distinctive. In former times, the girl’s fifteenth birthday would have signaled that she was an active, adult member of the community, fully ready to take on her share of responsibilities, and indicated that she was of marriageable age and status. Today, the tradition has taken on other meanings, but remains a celebration of womanhood, family and community.
The young woman’s fifteenth birthday begins with a Misa de acción de gracias, or mass to give thanks for a completed childhood. The festejada, or adolescent woman celebrating the birthday, is seated at the foot of the church altar resplendent in an elaborate pink or white formal dress. The godparents have bestowed her with special gifts, often jewelry to accent the beautiful dress. Around the celebrant are seated her damas (maids of honor) and chambelanes (escorts). Often, these are siblings, relatives or friends of the family. They are grouped in order of the different ages the young woman has completed. The mass combines a solemn ceremony similar to baptism welcoming the festejada to her new life and challenges ahead as an adult. After the mass, the young woman leaves a bouquet of flowers to the Virgen de Guadalupe. Her female siblings, cousins and friends distribute bolos, special gifts of remembrance to the guests assembled in the church. After the Misa de acción de gracias has concluded, lots of photographs are made to distribute to everyone, and it’s time for the party!

Going to take a bath and settle down for a huge hockey game...My Oilers play Anaheim in the final  hockey game of their series.....winner moves on losers go to the golf course!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

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