Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Albergue Ave Fenix

Foot baths
Oscar prepares a wonderful foot bath for the pilgrims and hospitalero/a´s and all appreciate this gift from him. A warm soak in a mint, vinegar, secret ingedients and rock salt foot bath for twenty minutes takes away all aches and pains in the feet and ankles. Yesterday Oscar prepared a foot bath for me and it was wonderful.

The Korean boys
Donna Maria drove them to Triacastela this morning as there is larger medical facilities there than in Villafrance del Bierzo. They are three nice young men and we all delighted in their company. So they are once again on their way. Unfortunately one of them has many bites on his feet so wearing boots is imposssible right now.

The Canadian
He breezed in and announced his long kilometer walk for the day, for him it is like wearing a badge. What does he see along the way? Then there was the nice young man from The Netherlands who spent his time with three old ladies at the bar in Plaza Mayor (I was one old lady). The same age as the Canadian but so much more mature.


  1. Ola Luiza,

    Ah yes, the Canadians never change . . . amazing really how different nationalities do seem to fit a stereotype!!

    These foot baths sound wonderful. I could use such foot pamperings after my folk dance workshops :)

    Happy to hear all remains well with you. More rain here today but otherwise all is well here. Katie and Chris arrived home Monday afternoon. I just don't know what I should do about visiting Mum - Stephen summarizes the situation well . . . waiting is a solution for now.

    OK, off to Greenspoint,
    Hugs and kisses,

  2. (from one 'old lady' to another) It's really nice to see the other side of the Camino experience through your eyes. I can see why you like this particular albergue so much! Enjoy the well-earned footbaths and the company of friends new and old as they wander through.


  3. Garry,

    The pilgrims who are treated to a footbath from Oscar usually are observed taking one small step after another up the hill into the albergue. I want to cry when I see the pàin that some of the are walking through. It is enlightening for me to see the injuries and the ages of some of the injured pilgrims they range from teenager to old age.

    Yes, waiting for awhile might be the answer.


  4. Andree,

    The motto for Ave Fenix is Siempre Diferentes (Always Different). I believe that Ave Fenix has a page on Facebook and may have another page if you Google it. There are pilgrims who seek this albergue out from all the albergues along the way they want to stay here and meet Jato, myself included in 2002, 2007, and 2009.

    I am very busy but enjoying every minute being here.