Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?

 

After leaving Palais del Rei it happened to be a Sunday and Sundays are different from the rest of the week on the Camino.  Many of the services we rely on are closed on Sunday in this part of the country.   So there won’t be two breakfasts for us today, no wonderful rest over café con leche and no socializing until we find an open cafe.    When we finally find something open we ordered double of everything because we weren’t sure if this would be our last refreshments until supper.

Spain is beautiful and gritty all at the same time.  The hills, farmlands and ancient forests are peaceful and spiritual but there is also inspirational pilgrim graffiti scrawled all over the place.   Some pilgrims seem to really enjoy reading and photographing the various tags and motivational sayings but I prefer not seeing it. Call me old-fashioned or closed minded but it’s not my thing.  My daughter loved reading all the messages so it might be a generational thing.

Many of the kilometer signposts are missing the actual plaque that lists the kilometers .to Santiago.    To me this is vandalism and the person who removed the small plaque, possibly for a souvenir,  is only hurting the local Camino Associations that have to raise money to replace it and all the pilgrims following the person who stole it.

Sundays also bring out multitudes of bike riders.   They are everywhere and are speeding by us slow walking pilgrims.   Some are just exercising on the hilly paths and some appear to be pilgrims because they are carrying a lot of gear.    They are racing up and down the dirt Camino roads and I was terrified we would be hurt. When the bicyclists are out in full force us pilgrims have to remain alert or risk colliding with the bikers.

I’ll try to be nicer tomorrow.  Buen Camino

 

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Pilgrims from Columbia, SA
Young Columbian Pilgrims on the Camino

 

Camino Santiago de Compostela
Camino trail being shared by walkers and cyclists on a Sunday.
Elizabeth leaving Palais del Rei
Walking out of Palais del Rei on a Sunday
Sunday on the Camino Santiago de Compostela
Sunday on the Camino

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