This week … it’s been cold out, and I haven’t been walking much. You’d never guess I grew up in Winnipeg, which is renowned in Canada for its -40 degree weather.
The usual disclaimer: I’ve done the best I can to ensure accuracy, but a lot of this information comes from Spanish sites and my Spanish is a long way from perfect.
- The Way, that Martin Sheen/Emilio Estevez movie that’s set on the Camino Francés, will be out in cinemas in the UK, Ireland and Malta on April 15, and in the USA on September 30. (via Little Green Tracs)
- A new albergue has just opened on the Camino de Madrid in the Peña Sacra hermitage in Manzanares El Real. The hermitage is two kilometres from the city centre.
- A national ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) committee has expressed serious concern about the way Oviedo is failing to protect its heritage buildings. It seems that if the situation doesn’t improve, the Camino del Norte might fail to get UNESCO status as a World Heritage Site.
- The restoration of the monastery at San Juan de Ortega will begin this summer. The monastery will be turned into a cultural centre and the pilgrims’ albergue will be improved. The work should be finished by 2013.
- The sanctuary of the Virgin de la Barca in Muxía, has been deteriorating, at least partly because of sea water. However, it’s soon going to be restored at a cost of close to half a million euros. Another church in Muxía, the Moraime Church, also needs urgent restoration work, not for the building itself, but for its murals.
- The City of Burgos plans to build a rest area for pilgrims. The project will include cleaning and providing lights for a pilgrim tunnel that passes under a railway line, a fountain with a place to wash feet, synthetic rubber pavement that will be nice for pilgrim feet, a bench, a table, a canopy for shade, and a bicycle parking area.
- The new iPilgrim Podcast has two episodes out already. So far, it’s provided a lot of great basic Camino information, and its founders plan to cover a lot more ground.
- An exhibition in Talavera, Spain, aims to bring the medieval Camino de Santiago to life.
- The Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago en Ávila is running a writing contest. Participants write (fictional) letters on Camino-related subjects—in Spanish, of course.
Coming up: Wayne Emde on the 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan.
March is almost here, and I’m off to Spain in early April. I haven’t figured this out yet, but I might be scaling this blog back over the next month, as I have a bunch of things to do pre-Vía de la Plata.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll leave you with a discussion on The Way (the movie).