Friday, July 5, 2013

Day 28 - slept in Villafranca del Bierzo - July 25

Woke up at 9am and left the hotel by 10am. I lingered around awhile browsing in the gift store and then moved on. It was rough going. I was exhausted from having partied all night for the last two nights in a row. Even still, I felt great. I consulted my pilgrim paper and told myself I could make it to Villafranca del Bierzo, a mere 7.6 kilometers away.

The walk through the cutesy little downtown of Cacabelos was a delightful surprise and completely enjoyable. The weather was gorgeous, it was another old pilgrim town, and there were the most wineries I've seen here so far. The path headed uphill on a slow incline before meandering into forests and vines.





Just as I approached the funky sign that said "Bienvenido a Villafranco del Bierzo" I got the text from Dee about the train accident in Santiago. I didn't know any details yet other than it was a tragic loss of life and that I should inform my people I'm OK. So I did. It seemed that everyone in the city was in mourning. I headed for the Calle Mayor and found the Hotel San Francisco next to the Monasterio San Francisco and down the road from the Iglesia de Santiago. I checked in and got a quiet room near the back. After a short respite I headed into the square for a pilgrim lunch and I watched the Spanish news television channel. It was a horrible train wreck indeed. Spain declared "Three Days of Mourning." It came to be a defining point for anyone who happened to be doing the Camino to Santiago de Compostela at the time when the train tragedy happened.







I lit a candle at the pilgrim mass for the victims. In memory of the 79 victims of the tragic train crash in Santiago de Compostela on July 24, 2013:
Ana Alvarez Carballo - Francia, 1967
Benigno Antelo Blanco - A Coruna Espana, 1943
Juana Arganda Fernandez - Navaluenga Avila Espana, 1946
Lucia Arosa Rey - Pontevedra Espana, 1980
Elena Ausina Arrojo - A Coruna Espana, 1980
Jean-Baptiste Loirat - Francia, 1978
Antonia Baro Roldan - Pontevedra Espana, 1944
Santiago L. Barral Torres - Tenerife, 1964
Enrique Beotas Lopez - Avila Espana, 1955
David Bernardo Monjas - Madrid Espana, 1977
Carolina Besada Garrido - Vigo Espana, 1995
Raul Bonilla Trimino - Madrid Espana, 1975
Tomas Brion Lopez - A Coruna Espana, 1992
Elisa I. Rion Sobrido - Ferrol Espana, 1966
Leonor Buendia Garcio - Murcia Espana, 1944
Olga Buitrago Valbuena - Madrid Espana, 1984
Maria Delia Bujan Tarrio - Rianxo Espana, 1944
Ignacio F. Bustamante morejon - Cadiz Espana, 1953
Celtia Uxia Cabido Prado - Xunqueira de Ambia Espana, 1991
Patricia Castelo Fernandez - A Coruna Espana, 1982
Mohamed Chiad - Argelia Espana, 1968
Ana Maria Cordoba - Miami USA, 1966
Fabio Cundines Anelo - Brasil, 1987
Isabel Dans Garate - A Coruna Espana, 1942
Rodrigo de Anionio Moledo - Madrid Espana, 1990
Juan Manuel de Diego Bajon - Valladolid Espana, 1958
Laura de Juan Portela - Pontevedra Espana, 1989
Jaime de Miguel Gomez Acebo - Madrid Espana, 1990
Victor Maria de Sola Alcoba - Madrid Espana, 1920
Yolanda Delfin Ortega - Mexico, 1991
Braulio Dominguez Pineiro - A Coruna Espana, 1942
Myrta Fariza - Texas USA, 1955
Isidoro Fernandez Redondo - Almodovar del Campo Espana, 1944
Jon Andoni Garaizar Gomes - Caracas Venezuela, 1982
Francisco Javier Garcia Liras - Segovia Espana, 1986
Francisco Juan Garcia Pereira - Cadiz Espana, 1952
Nerea Garcia perez - Naron Espana, 1987
Carla Garrido Vaquera - Elche Espana, 1978
Elia Esther Gomez Gonzalez - Lugo Espana, 1929
Joana Trinidad Gomez Soberado - Santander Espana, 1942
Maria Andrea Hernandez Miguel - Zamora Espana, 1938
Consuelo Florinda Iglesias Oreiro - Arcos Espana, 1945
Antonio Jamardo Villamarin - Pontecesures Espana, 1973
Marta Jimenez Camara - Ciudad Real Espana, 1983
Dario Gentile Lombardo - Italia, 1988
Mercedes Lopez Cresp - Madrid Espana, 1936
Esther Maria Lopez Sanchez - Salamanca Espana, 1974
Esperanza Marquez Conde - Cadiz Espana, 1955
David Martin Diaz - Caceres Espana, 1992
Lidia Martin Tenreiro - Fene Espana, 1977
Angeles Moreno Barrueco - Vitoria Espana, 1967
Esperanza Morinigo Gregorio - Salamanca Espana, 1946
Francisco Navajas Lestau - La Rioja Espana, 1937
Laura Naveiras Ferreiro - A Coruna Espana, 1992
Rosa Maria Nicolas Alonso - Logrono Espana, 1942
Manuel Nieto Coscaron - Zamora Espana, 1934
Blanca Ramona Padin Diaz - Pontevedra Espana, 1942
Juan Antonio Palomino Alfaro - Madrid Espana, 1981
Eva Perez Seara - Xunqueira de Ambia Espana, 1989
Rosa Maria de la A. Quijano Fernandez - Cadiz Espana, 1956
Daniela Recio Martin - Fene Espana, 2011
Carla Revuelta Careaga - Roma Italia, 1975
Maria Rey Sanchez - Santiago de Compostela Espana, 1980
Antonio Reyes Asencio - Cadiz Espana, 1953
Aurelio Rodriguez Cruanes - Alicante Espana, 1946
Jesus Antonio Rodriguez Garrido - Lerida Espana, 2000
Luis Manuel Rodriguez Vallego - Toledo Espana, 1969
Jose Maria Romeral Escribano - Cuidad Real Espana, 1945
Jacobo Romero Rivera - A Coruna Espana, 1980
Karmele Sanz Manrique - Guipuzcoa Espana, 1960
Pilar Sastre Serrano - Madrid Espana, 1947
Manuel Sierra Moran - Valladolid Espana, 1973
Antonio Suarez Alvedro – A Coruna Espana, 1952
Marcia Suarez Pena - Brasil, 1965
Manuel Ramon Suarez Rosende - Santiago de Compostela, 1956
Jose Luis Valeiras Poch - Ribeira Espana, 1938
Sara Camila Velez Fuenmayor - Columbia, 1977
David Esteban Villoldo Pardo - A Coruna Espana, 1986
Rosalina Ynoa - Republica Dominicana, 1972





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- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin