It’s a rough day for many in the US. The news broke that the EU is recommending to member states to restrict entry by US citizens to essential travel only.
For those of us in Spain from the US, with our families still there, this means our brief summer reprieve of our loved ones traveling freely to Spain is over. The window has closed.
And for those from the US planning their Fall Caminos it’s a very tough blow. After more than a year delay for some, it must feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you.
To fly here before this latest edict, the traveler had to be fully vaccinated. It has to be a bitter pill to swallow knowing you did the right thing, all while contagion is rising so much in the US because half the country refuses the vaccine. I know that watching it from here and worrying about our families has made reading the headlines stomach churning. Living it has to be even more so.
If you had travel plans for September or October from the US to walk, it will be small consolation but I’ll post tons of pics and videos daily from my Camino, starting next week in St Jean on Monday. If you want me to make sure I hit a certain beauty spot, church, hillock, or village, please let me know. I’m happy to accommodate it and post photos.
For those who are not aware, as part of walking the Camino Frances (The French Way from points in France) the Peregrino passed over a series of mountains. The highest point is Cruz de Ferro whose apex bears a tall cross, where those who have imbued the stone with their burdens or worries leave it behind. It is symbolic, yet profound.
If you would like me to place a rock for you at Cruz de Ferro – for yourself or in honor of a loved one – please message me. I’ve already had friends make this request. Being a weird rock hoarder, I have jars of beautiful rocks from all over the world. Just let me know and I’ll pick one out for you. And you can provide any message or prayer you would like me to say when I place it there, and I’ll see it done.
Jeff and I heard about the potential US ban yesterday, and we’ve spent to day wondering how Spain will react. No word on that yet. But I try to remember that while this is a delay to the plans of so many, it is not permanent. The Camino will be here when the contagion has passed. To welcome you back with open arms. And by then, perhaps Jeff and I and The Happiness Café will be open and ready for you too.
In the meantime, stay safe. And if you need a Camino fix, stay tuned right here. This time around, I’ll walk it for all of us. Buen Camino 🙏