The Camino in Color
When the lovely Cat of Sunshine and Siestas asked me to participate in Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Color contest, I finally had some motivation to put aside the piles of teacher and grad school work to get back to my neglected little blog. After a life-changing summer of travel, I have a book’s worth of stories to share from Spain and Southeast Asia and it’s time to get started.
Here’s a little sneak peak of my journey to Santiago de Compostela and the colors that capture the scenic splendor and sabor of a road that means the world to me.
Red ~ Rojo
Sure there were the ever present red poppies that lined the dusty pilgrimage path, but the red that was ever present in me was the vino– the Rioja, and Ribera de Duero. There was no better remedy after a long day’s walk and no better camaraderie than sharing a bottle of vino tinto with fellow pilgrims.
Green ~ Verde
Galicia, the northwestern province of Spain, reminded me so much of Ireland I had to remind myself what country I was in. Like Ireland, the abundance of rain left the landscape lush and lathered in lime and emerald greens.
White ~ Blanco
Dense fog is characteristic of Galicia and although all encompassing, I was thankful to have experienced its grandeur. The morning of our departure from O’Cebreiro, the white mist erased all traces of color and mountain views of the peak. The chilly and damp air inspired an eeriness that only added a sense of mystery and adventure as we traversed past the stony Celtic churches and graveyards of the surrounding hamlets.
Blue ~ Azul
I had a slight photo obsession with doors during the Camino. And I certainly got a daily dose of them in every quaint village we passed. All it took for one weather-beaten door was a coat of cerulean or cobalt to soften the rough exterior.
Yellow ~ Amarillo
So intense was my need for tortilla, it could cure all— sore feet, heat exhaustion, even the dreaded hanger. Yet, the perfect oozing, juicy tortilla was hard to come by. When found, life was as it should be. When paired with a glass of wine, it was my slice of Heaven.
Stay with me. I promise there will be more tales from my summer adventures to come.