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2017-07-27 02:59 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Modern Burgos

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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2017-07-26 02:56 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: a Look Back through the Gate

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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2017-07-25 03:19 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Seminary Gate

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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2017-07-25 03:07 pm

The Feast of Saint James

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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2017-07-25 01:24 am

On the Vigil: Vespers for the Feast of Saint James

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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2017-07-23 09:06 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Leaving Burgos

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.

Date: 13 April... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-leaving-burgos/)



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2017-07-23 03:11 am

Camino Photo of the Day: Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Burgos Cathedral

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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2017-07-20 05:46 pm

The Poetry of Apollo

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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2017-07-20 05:02 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Some Streets have Stairs

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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2017-07-19 03:10 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Lost No More

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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2017-07-18 03:19 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Park Bench in Burgos

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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2017-07-17 02:59 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Hidden Courtyard in Burgos

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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2017-07-16 06:20 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: the Streets of Burgos

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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2017-07-15 04:44 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Across the River from Burgos Cathedral

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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2017-07-14 03:08 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Burgos Post Office

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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2017-07-13 03:21 pm

The Emperor Saint

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.
Today... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-emperor-saint-2017/)



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2017-07-13 03:04 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: El Cid

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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2017-07-12 05:02 pm

On Vestments

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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File under: Rants, Rev. Michael Wagner, Save the Liturgy, Save the World
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2017-07-12 03:03 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Nice Things

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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2017-07-11 05:42 pm
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Random Political Thought of the Day

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

(Calvin & Hobbes)