“if all the cars in the united states were placed end to end,
it would probably be labor day weekend.”
image credit: national toy museum (record for world’s longest line of toy cars)
dear friends, j and b, walk in michigan
getting ready for the big walk.
they leave tomorrow –
i wish them both the best of luck on their journey
and look forward to their tales from along the way
knowing they will return somehow changed forever.
the portuguese way/caminho português
The Portuguese Way (Spanish: Camino Portugués, Portuguese: Caminho Português) is the name of the Way of St. James pilgrimage routes starting in Portugal. It begins at Porto or Lisbon. From Porto, pilgrims travel north before entering Spain and passing through Padron on the way to Santiago de Compostela.
The Portuguese way is 227 km long starting in Porto. The way from Porto was historically used by the local populations and by those who arrived in the local ports.
In the contemporary period, most pilgrims are foreigners, and of the total number reaching Galicia between January and October 2017, only 4.27% were Portuguese. Roughly 30,000 pilgrims per year walk this path.
Arrival of queen Elizabeth of Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, after finishing the Portuguese Way around 1325, after the death of her husband, Denis of Portugal.
“a path is a prior interpretation
of the best way to traverse a landscape.”
-rebecca solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
one of my former students
who i now work with after school
created this travel brochure
complete with her plan for ‘how to get there’
using an innovative method i hadn’t considered
but it makes perfect sense from her perspective.
“we learn by taking action and seeing whether it works or not.”
on the via rail trip home
i was in the lucky seat
prepared to wield the mighty hammer
to save us all
on an as-needed basis
just like thor.
if he was a happy, sleepy woman
with a scratchy throat
wrapped up in a cozy scarf
sipping bailey’s and coffee
on a meandering canadian train.
‘courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.’
-carl von clausewitz