© 2017 by Dale Zurawski

Truth Along the Camino Santiago

On a difficulty scale of one to five, the hike on our week-long pilgrimage was rated a four or a five. Looking out the window of the bus to the trailhead, the intimidating mountains of northeastern Spain gave us reason to worry. Since I had done little research on our walk starting in San Sebastian, we turned to our guidebook’s description for this section of the Camino de Santiago. "The most physically demanding stretches of the Northern Caminos are the opening stages.”

The Blessing in the Journey

As Geoff and I sat in the oncologist office being faced with the fact that his cancer had come back just two months after surgery, I saw a banner in the doctor's office that read, "Every journey brings blessings".  The first time we entered the Cancer Center in Santa Barbara I felt really sorry for the people that were there but not us.  That was when I thought we had found Geoff's prostate cancer early and that surely the UCLA surgeon would rid him of it completely.  After surgery we got the news the tumor was much larger and more cancerous than they first thought followed by the news that his PSA, the cancer signal, had doubled in just one month.  The next time I went to the Cancer Center, I felt much more at home and read the magazines for useful information while we waited for the oncologist.

Art That Changes Your Life

This was his gift to the City of Moscow. It is meant to encourage the fight against global evil.

 

Warning. You can skip this blog if you are looking for my usual humor and whit.

 

The Russian man started it. I was looking at this sculpture so powerful, I still feel it will change my life. 

Ithaca

The problem with writing a travel blog is we are spending a lot of time traveling, leaving me little time for writing. Our expert guide, Miller, is a history buff and very into temples. Although I negotiated one less temple on the way into Ping Yao by saying it was much too hot, he tacked it onto the next day's, early morning drive to Datong. Then I got us out of seeing the Yungang Grottoes in Datong, using the blog as my excuse. When we reached Datong, we got some very bad news. We learned you might not want to mess with Buddha by missing too many temples while in China.

The Truth Along the Way

 On a difficulty scale of one to five, the hikes on our week-long pilgrimage was rated a four or a five. Looking out the window of the bus to the trailhead, the intimidating mountains of northeastern Spain gave us reason to worry. Since I had done little research on our walk starting in San Sebastian, we turned to our guide book’s description for this section of the Camino de Santiago. "The most physically demanding stretches of the Northern Caminos are the opening stages.

Cody's Eulogy

The vet came at 10 in the morning to put Cody down. I hoped that Cody wouldn't remember the same vet had come to put Griffey to sleep just a few years ago.

Cody was a macho dog by boder collie stands. He was handsome/ mostly black with a white nose and black freckles on one side. One ear stood up and the other flopped over.

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