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In a way, this should probably have been my first blog entry, but having had the entire day filled with mundane travel I finally had the chance to sit down and write this, most of it on the flight from Lourdes back to Stansted Airport in London.
"Around the World in 90 Days: A Personal Pilgrimage to the Holiest Places on Earth"
I have received only two different responses from the many people I told about my sabbatical project. ...
... by how few pilgrims were on the path given the increased numbers of recent days. It dawned on me that many people start out earlier than 8am, our usual time, in order to reach the cathedral for the 12noon pilgrim mass.
I walked alone for the first 6 kms enjoying the morning serenity alone with my thoughts staying as focused as possible on the present moment...focusing on the sounds, sights, sensations and scents in my immediate space. As I walked through ...
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... this was very quickly and innovatively addressed through a variety of water bottles, empty yoghurt cartons (adding a delightful strawberry nose to the wine as noted by John!) canister caps and even a shell - the symbol of a pilgrim and also a handy drinking vessel as it turns out - albeit minimal! A further few pilgrims were enticed to join us before the wine and snacks were exhausted and the clouds rolling across the sun dropped the temperature to the point where we ...
... flats that looked almost exactly the same, and Laura ended up calling it "Groundhog Hill" because it felt like we kept crossing the same pedestrian lines over and over again. The shopping centre, in the end, was dead and boring. The only funny part was seeing a pilgrim we've known since Calvor, who may be Russian, and saying Hola to him. There were also apartments in the building, with their windows looking down into the shopping centre. It was a bit weird, Speaking ...