As I was leaving the route took me via this garden looking out over the walls of the city. I stood and watched the sun rise and enjoyed the garden.
The garden was gorgeous with beautiful views. There was an older man walking his dog. This was the start of the third day of my Camino and the weather promised to be hot but dry. I had to find a gate that was nearby the garden and my friend with the dog pointed out it was hidden behind a building just outside the garden. If you look closely, you will see the yellow arrow marking the route on the pillar of the gate on the right. As we were up high the path dropped down steeply.
The flowers on the way down were beautiful and although the cobblestones hurt my feet, I never did get to like walking on cobblestones, and the day prior had been very hard I was looking forward with joy in my heart to the days walking.
I somehow missed a turn at the bottom of this path and as a result ended up meeting Andre, a Frencman I walked with for the next 8 days to Porto.
Letting go of those expectations helped. I was initially frustrated so early in the day to have "lost" my way, but it allowed me to make a friend who was a delight to walk with mostly and who I was thankful to have nearby when I was tired and hot and just wanted to stop. He was an encouragement, being 10 years older than me and walking at a fast clip that we covered lots of miles a day and I skipped two rest days I thought I would take before Porto.
I was able to enjoy the day, and the start was just an indication of the beauty that the rest of the day held. It taught me to keep an open mind to problems when they arise and see the different opportunities that present themselves as answers. A useful trait where real estate is concerned, as is intuition for overcoming things that crop up in a deal.
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