Setting Out / De salir en un viaje

Wanderer, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road,
and upon glancing back
one sees the path
that will never be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road—
Only wakes upon the sea.

—Campos de Castilla, Antonio Machado (1912)

Don Quixote by Pablo Picasso Don Quixote by Pablo Picasso

Bound for Northern Spain!

Our route, from Barcelona to Madrid:

Clearly more about the journey than the destination — part wandering, even part pilgrimage, with only a dash of the quixotic (and that is the last time I will use that word), as in Knight-Errant (mis)Adventures — I venture forth.

Compatriot Shirley and I, who toured Russia together,  signed on for the University of Victoria Travel Study Program’s trip to Northern Spain, largely due to the fabulous personality of our leader, Rosa, a professor of the Hispanic Studies Department, and her descriptions of THE FOOD, and THE WINE.  She was joined by her colleague, Chrissy, whose specialties are Spanish FILM, and, among other things, THE SHOPPING. The 12 of us have had 7 classes on Spanish history, language, literature, art, music and yes! folk dancing, and we are ready to roll. Vamos!


5 thoughts on “Setting Out / De salir en un viaje

  1. “We love to go a wandering……..” You two look rather ecstatic about setting out on a new adventure. The best time of the year to be in Spain….not too hot…not too much rain and the country side is still green. Have fun… lots of great food and enjoy,enjoy,enjoy. XOXO And a big hug for each of you. Joyce

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. And roll you must!

    Have a wonderful time…

    C U senoritas when you return… adios!

  3. You both look fantastic! So happy for you and not jealous at all!
    Can’t believe you’re in the air somewhere as we’re tucking in. Going to love you’re blog, xo.

  4. Fair Winds & Following Seas, dear friend. I think Shirley hiked with us when I visited. Do wish I could be with you so don’t forget me next trip around. Aloha, Candy

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