Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Home: Still Dreaming the Camino
I have now been home for almost 4 days. The patio is a welcoming riot of roses and oregano, the sun shines, and I am still dreaming of the camino at night and waking very early each the morning, often wondering where I am. Shopping in gigantic Costco yesterday was a shocking contrast to the tiny shops and open air markets in the small towns where I walked. The huge quantities and enormous size of the store reinforced my perception of American excess. In France I would buy one carrot, the smallest slice of cheese, half a loaf of bread, one small container of yogurt if I could find just one, and perhaps one apple, orange, or banana, and a bar of chocolate, because whatever I bought I would be carrying for the rest of that day and perhaps the next one, too. One day I bought a head of lettuce that bounced in a plastic bag attached to the outside of the pack until that evening. Yesterday it took three trips to the car to haul into the house what I had bought.
I've added a few pictures to to blog, if anyone wants to go back to take a look. I'll be putting more up on Flickr soon, where anyone can see them.