Today, as usual we got up at 6:30 and got breakfast ready. We are getting pretty good at getting breakfast ready for 20+ pilgrims! This is the first day someone didn't do the breakfast dishes. Both Javi and I are feeling much better. Anjon seems better as well, but Anabel was sick. At first we thought she had food poisoning but since nobody else was sick we discounted it. Later she told us she wasn't used to eating so much chorizo and thought that was the reason why.
After everyone departed, 3 young pilgrims stopped by to take a look around and to see if we had any tortilla espangol. Weird things happen here. Tex arrived early today - while we were still cleaning up. It was so good to s
Our fellow Hospitalero trainee, Tex stopped by while we were all cleaning. So nice seeing him. They stayed in Santo Domingo two days for the fiesta so they won 't be staying with us. Too bad cuz we wish he would have spent the night in Grañón with his companions. We gave them a tour of the choir room and a look at the church. When they left Anjan went with them and so did Anabel and Yago.
Today mass is at 1 pm and after Jesus is taking the three of us out to eat at the Ermita. We learn that Jesus has leukemia. He had spent 10 years at a mission in Ecuador and when they learned of his disease and impending return to Spain the local shaman had women go out into the forest and pick some herb. Jesus came back with a ton of it that he uses to make tea. While he has not been cured, the herbs have been helping him fight the cancer. So much so that his doctors want to know what it is. Unfortunately Jesus only knows the Indian word for it.
We thought we'd have some pilgrims waiting for us when we got back, but no. It is now 4 o'clock and still no pilgrims. Leftovers for dinner maybe. Finally we got some pilgrims. Three Spaniards, one Dutchman,and Javier had a nice time around the stove last night while Cullen and I went to Bar Teo for a nightcap. Hadn't seen the old man gang in a while but they were there. Ernesto came in to the bar. He cut off his ponytail-he has a woman and her 5 daughters staying there tonight. Cullen and Alberto got into a long discussion about food supply in Spain. One of the Spaniards did not eat anything for dinner. I hope he eats breakfast!
Gerard from Netherlands
Rosel, Miguel, Fernando from Spain