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This is a view of the bell tower of the Iglesia de La Inmaculada Concepción in Hontanas. Here’s the thing that bugged me about this: the clock is off-center. Drives me bats. There’s a belfry joke in there somewhere, but you’ll have to assemble it yourself. And yes, I think the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-but-the-clock/)



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Well, street, anyway. Like many of the old medieval villages on the Camino, the Camino itself is the main street. It winds past the church, any cafés or bars, shops, bakeries, you name it. And, of course, since it’s the Camino, basically everybody is going in the same direction. Note those... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-the-streets-of-hontanas/)



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We had breakfast in a brand-spanking new albergue / restaurant in Hontanas. With the explosion in pilgrim numbers over the past decades, we saw many new or refurbished places on the Camino. It still isn’t a candle to the number of hostels and inns of the High Middle Ages. Of course, in... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-breakfast-in-hontanas/)



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As I’ve mentioned before, many of the towns and villages of the Meseta are in river valleys. Here we are coming to the first town of the day, Hontanas, looking for some breakfast. It’s still pretty early – Hontanas is only an hour or so past San Bol. In other news, I think we... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-entering-hontanas/)



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In the early dawn light, Francine and I cast long shadows across the Meseta. I really never get tired of taking this sort of picture. I suspect that I’ve already posted a similar image from earlier in the Camino, but darned if I can find it. You can just see some windmills off to the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-long-shadows/)



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Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
terrible as an army set in array?
(Benedictus antiphon,
Monastic Office of Lauds for the Assumption)



Today’s great Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which in the East is known... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-assumption-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/)



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We left San Bol about dawn on the 13th of April, 2016. One of the great things about the Camino is that it follows a route from the east to the west, so in the morning the sun is usually behind you. Just after we left, I turned around and snapped this photo. It’s not great, but hopefully... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-meseta-dawn/)



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One of the great things to recommend this albergue is the communal meal. When we were there, a bed for the night was a mere €5. For an additional €5, you could buy into a meal prepared by the hospitaleros. Needless to say, everybody did, because (a) even doubling the cost of the night was still... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-dinner-in-san-bol/)



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San Bol might just be my favourite albergue. Certainly, it is in the top five. It is an old bodega on the site of a thousand-year-old Roman spa in the middle of nowhere, converted into an albergue decades ago. It has enjoyed quite a checkered history – at one point, it was apparently owned... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-albergue-arroyo-de-san-bol/)



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The stretch of Meseta between Hornillos del Camino and Arroyo de San Bol has more than the normal amount of ups and downs. None of them are steep or in any way difficult, but the cumulative effect is that you can’t really spot where it is you’re going until you’re very nearly... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-walking-to-san-bol/)



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“Keeper of the Treasures” by Deacon Lawrence Klimecki
Today is the feast of the Deacon martyr, Saint Lawrence. There are so many stories about him, that it’s hard to sum him up briefly.
In the confused days after the martyrdom of Pope Sixtus, the administration of the Roman churches fell... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/saint-lawrence-deacon-and-martyr/)



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On the seemingly endless Meseta after Hornillos, Francine found a straw hat. We were pretty sure who it belonged to, so we planned on bringing it back to them. Presumably they would be staying at our destination, San Bol. As it turned out, this was not the case. I can’t remember how long... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-francine-finds-a-hat/)



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This is the Iglesia de San Román in Hornillos del Camino. It’s our view from lunch, as this little plaza is right across the street from the alimentación where we had our sausage and eggs. I particularly enjoy the rooster. We did try to pop in and take a look, but the place was having some... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-the-church-across-the-street/)



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In my experience, you don’t want your Camino lunch to be too hearty – it slows you down for the afternoon walk, when you’re already probably starting to drag. My breakfast and second breakfast tend to be heavy on carbs, so I like to have a protein-full lunch. Here’s the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-a-spot-of-lunch/)



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Hornillos del Camino is not a large village. In fact, you can pretty much see all of it in this photo. According to the 2004 census, the total population is 70. Even so, it’s quite charming. It’s got a church, a grocery, and no less than three albergues. Why so many? It’s a... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-welcome-to-hornillos-del-camino/)



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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, one of the more important (if sometimes overlooked) feasts of the liturgical year. It’s rare that this feast coincides with a Sunday, so enjoy!

Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up a mountain to pray. While he was... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/transfiguration-2017/)



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The Meseta is a big, mostly flat plateau in the center of Spain. I mean, just take a look at that horizon: flat, flat, flat. However, over the eons, rivers have cut deep valleys in the plateau. Naturally, many towns are built in these river valleys. So while crossing the Meseta is mostly an easy... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-descent-into-hornillos-del-camino/)



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Today is the Memorial of the dedication of one of my favourite church buildings in the world, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, also known in English as Saint Mary Major. It is occasionally known by the title of Our Lady of the Snows.
A side chapel
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It’s difficult to get lost on the Camino. Not impossible, of course, particularly if there’s a temporary detour in place or an alternate route. Every so often there’s a sign or the ubiquitous yellow arrow. Since the signs are all maintained by local authorities, what they look... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-signs-of-the-times/)



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Dom Matthew Britt, O.S.B. is one of the great writers of practical liturgics in the twentieth century. His classic How to Serve was republished by Tan in 2011.
This book is a treasure, and I have made extensive use of it, both in planning for Ordinary Form Masses and for learning to serve the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/dom-matthew-britt/)



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The land after Burgos begins to flatten out, and by the time you leave the village of Rabé de las Calzadas, you’re deep into farm country. There’s still some terrain, as you can see: low, flat hills and undulating fields. In a couple of days, even this will be gone. This is the great... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-the-meseta-begins/)



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As we leave the village of Rabé de las Calzadas, we pass a little chapel that turns out to actually be a hermitage as well, the Nuestra Señora del Monasterio. These little buildings dot the Camino from one end to the other, an almost daily reminder of Spain’s great Christian... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-chapels-everywhere/)



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About 2.5km past the little town of Tardajos, we come to the little town of Rabé de las Calzadas. It’s tiny – less than 250 inhabitants – but I took quite a number of photos here for some reason. It seems like the typical, almost stereotypical, village on the Camino in... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-rabe-de-las-calzadas/)



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It’s no secret that I like photographing liminal spaces. I was struck by these three doors in the town of Tardajos, at least partially because of the contrast of three different styles of architecture. First, we have Romanesque, then a primitive Gothic, and finally what I will cheekily... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-three-doors-in-tardajos/)



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After a relatively flat 8.5km, we arrive in Tardajos for second breakfast. Like many towns on this part of the Camino, Tardajos sprawls across the meseta on either side of the highway, and you would be forgiven for thinking it grew up around a particularly well-placed truck stop. You’d be... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-tardajos/)



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This is one of those “under the highway” moments I mentioned yesterday. There are a number of places on the Camino where the highway is high above the ground for no good geographic reason, and this is one of them. It’s kind of genius, actually, as the land below remains... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-under-the-highway/)



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The Camino eventually exhausts the urban jungle and ducks in and out and under highways for a bit, passing near the odd quasi-suburban housing development. Occasionally, you get a lovely view, such as this footbridge over the stream.

Date: 13 April 2016
Place: Burgos (Castilla y León, Spain)
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We continued our urban slog out of Burgos. I often say that a kilometer on concrete is worth two kilometers walking anything else. As we got farther and farther from the old medieval center, Burgos became more and more modern. I cordially dislike modern architecture, but at least this building... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-modern-burgos/)



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After taking the last photo, I turned around to get a view of the long, tree-lined lane we just walked through. The path curves off to the left slightly, where it continues for perhaps 700 meters. We never exchanged names with the two pilgrims here, but if you happen to know them, leave a... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-a-look-back-through-the-gate/)



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After walking through a long, tree-lined lane in an urban park, we discovered that we had been walking through the grounds of an old seminary. I am unclear if it is still in operation. This gate is at the end of the park and seems to be the formal entrance into the seminary grounds. We’re... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-seminary-gate/)



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Santiago Apóstol
Today is the Feast of Saint James the Greater, known throughout the Spanish-speaking world as Santiago. He was one of Christ’s Twelve Apostles.
He is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Seattle, and therefore today is a solemnity within the archdiocese. I am saddened... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-feast-of-saint-james-2017/)



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Chanted from the version given in the Codex Calixtinus. Neither Ordinary nor Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, but rather from the Mozarabic Rite.
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We left our albergue before dawn. The dim streetlight made for blurry photos, particularly since I had to hustle to keep up with Francine, who was bound and determined to find us some breakfast. A tricky proposition, since nothing was open yet. Still, Burgos is a big city.

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Many apologies: there was no Camino Photo of the Day yesterday. My day was clouded under the influence of a migraine, and nothing useful could be done. Today, however, you have the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Burgos Cathedral, where daily evening Mass is celebrated. After a pizza (!) dinner,... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-blessed-sacrament-chapel-of-burgos-cathedral/)



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On July 20, 1969, man first set foot upon the Moon. The project that took us to the Moon was called Apollo, ostensibly after the Greek god associated with hunting, harmony, and healing.
Perhaps the folks over at NASA had sense of humour, or maybe God the poet was at work again, for July 20 is... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-poetry-of-apollo-2017/)



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This is a lovely example of a Spanish street (alley, really) with steps. You will find these pre-automobile streets everywhere on the Camino where a town or city has a serious elevation gain. And since most medieval towns were built on or next to easily defensible hills, that’s a... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-some-streets-have-stairs/)



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I confess that, what with all of the mazy, crooked streets and endless courtyards in the medieval center of Burgos, I may have gotten slightly lost in my exploring. Of course, with no clear destination to my wandering, I suppose I wasn’t technically lost. I’d just misplaced myself... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-lost-no-more/)



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These statues are another feature of life in urban northern Spain. Some of them are quite delightful, others puzzling. I enjoy this elderly couple just relaxing on the plaza. I’m somewhat curious about the gentleman’s hat, as it seems more Basque than Castillian.

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Like many medieval cities, Burgos is full of these lovely hidden courtyards, sometimes accessible only through covered archways. This one is by no means atypical, though I did find it particularly pretty. The streets are a bit of a labyrinth, particularly when the buildings are tall enough and... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-hidden-courtyard-in-burgos/)



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This weird method of tree grafting may be seen throughout Castilla y León. Not sure why it’s so popular. One can only assume that these trees look better once their leaves come in.

Date: 12 April 2016
Place: Burgos (Castilla y León, Spain)
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Did I mention you can see the Cathedral everywhere? Well, you pretty much can. I’ll say this – despite the mazy winding of the medieval streets and the random, hidden courtyards, it’s extremely difficult to actually get lost in central Burgos. You can always find your way to... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-across-the-river-from-burgos-cathedral/)



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After touring the Cathedral and having a bit of lunch, Francine rested in the albergue while I popped across the river to the Post Office. I mailed home a number of postcards and a box of accumulated souvenirs and “things I’m unlikely to use again on this Camino”. This... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-burgos-post-office/)



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It’s a pretty rare thing when Kings become saints, or at least become canonized saints. I can only think of a handful off the top of my head, though I’m sure there are more: Saint Louis IX of France, Saint Edward the Confessor of Anglo-Saxon England, Saint Stephen of Hungary.
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El Cid was a medieval Spanish nobleman, military leader, and subject of song and story. His real name was Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, and he lived from about 1040 to 1099. He received his nickname from the Moors, probably from the original Arabic al-Sayyid meaning The Master (Doctor Who fans take... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-el-cid/)



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There is a tendency in the modern world to minimize the use of vestments in the liturgy. In my early days as a Catholic, it was not unusual to see a priest celebrate Mass wearing only an alb and a stole. Often, this was taken as a sign of humility on the part of the celebrant. It is, in fact,... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/on-vestments/)



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This is why we can’t have nice things: the shop is closed. This shop, with its English-language name, is located in the medieval center of Burgos. Across the street is a frozen yogurt parlour named Smöoy. I’ve no idea what language that’s meant to be.

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"I don’t know which is worse: that everyone has his price, or that the price is always so low."

(Calvin & Hobbes)
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In every city, town, and village along the Camino, you will find restaurants, cafés, and bars that serve a “Menú Peregrino” (pilgrim menu). Usually, this is a three-course meal featuring a starch, an improbably large amount of meat, a small dessert, and a half-bottle of local wine,... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-pilgrim-menu/)



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Pray and work! is the perennial exhortation of the Order of Saint Benedict. However, the motto of the Order, found at the end of chapter 57 of the Holy Rule is “Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus”. In English, this is rendered as “That in all things God may be glorified”.... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/ut-in-omnibus-glorificetur-deus/)



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We are walking through the drizzle down a side street away from the Cathedral in pursuit of the large and well-appointed Albergue Municipal de Burgos. Just before reaching our destination, I turned around and snapped this photo. The Cathedral dominates the view, as it does from almost everywhere... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-finding-our-albergue-in-burgos/)



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