Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The weather was dreadful, flurries of drizzle and strong winds. I phoned the hotel Jacobus to ask if they had the number of a taxi which I could phone to collect me but they couldn't understand what I wanted. So, after sharing the sweeping, cleaning, mopping and stewing the sheets, I left at about 1:30 to walk to Castrojeriz.
I decided to get a taxi back to the albergue and asked a young lady in the café-bar across the road to call one for me. Jesus came to the rescue. I think Jesus is the only taxi driver in Castrojeriz. When he dropped me at the albergue I asked him if he would come back for me at 5pm, wait while I shopped and bring me and the shopping back again.
At 5pm on the dot Jesus came for me and took me to the supermecado. I bought everything on the list but, no candles. I tried the smaller supermarket up the hill with no luck. Jesus was waiting so I piled the packets into the car and he took me back. As I finished unpacking the parcels Justi arrived. I had forgotten about Justi, our go-to man. The hotel had told him that I needed to do shopping so he had arrived to fetch me! Oh well, at least I'd had a walk and got to ride in a taxi all afternoon!
Then, just as we settled down to have dinner, a 'Troubadour' walked through the big gate - a middle-aged man with a pony-tail and a guitar over his shoulder. "Welcome" I said, as I opened the door, "You are just in time for dinner." (We always set an extra place for 'The Visitor')
"Well, isn't that nice. Fernando didn't tell me about dinner." he said.
"He didn't call you about the concert? I've been sent to give you a concert tonight" he said. "My name is James Kline."
After dinner James Kline - classical guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, innovator of the 19 string arch harp guitar gave us poor pilgrims a free concert.
We were full that night and had a wonderful dinner and guitar concert in candlelight - using the last of our precious candles.