Tuesday, 31 May 2011

La Fuente del Peregrino (The Pilgrim´s Fountain) Opens for the Season

Twelve years ago the Fuente del Peregrino (The Pilgrim´s Fountain) opened its doors for the first time to receive weary fellow pilgrims from all around the world to be served within its walls. Tomorrow, as every year, a team led by Natán de Souza and Ibana Blas will arrive in Ligonde to prepare the house, dust off the furniture, fill up the pantry, ready the kitchen and put all the beds in order and then they will leave it ready for the first group of workers that will arrive on Sunday to begin serving hundreds of people until September.

Natán and Ibana will be accompanied by three volunteers that will help them in this task: but the most important, as Natán said, was the joy and excitement that comes with opening the house. It is opening the doors, so to speak, to the hope of an endless number of stories shared by the pilgrims, by people longing to be cared for, received and eager to know the "camino."

On Sunday, the first work team, led by Rex Winn, will arrive to kick of this year´s hisotry. We hope that as many pilgrims travel along the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) they too will find the true Way.

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