Today I am in Zamora, a city with a cathedral, a castle, and more than 20 Romanesque churches — right up my alley.
And yet part of me is very sad, because as it turns out, this is my last day on the Via de la Plata.
Really, it´s a good thing. It´s a case of an embarrassment of riches. Before I left, I was playing with some financial stuff –the details don´t matter– and a week or so ago I discovered they paid off. And now I have enough money to buy an etching press.
So here´s the thing. I´ve saved money and vacation time, bit by bit, for 5 years to do this walk, ever since I returned from the Camino Frances.
And ever since I returned from the Camino Frances, I´ve been in love with printmaking, and have dreamed of having a press of my own.
Two dreams, both available at the same time. But I can´t afford both.
Well, I figure the Via de la Plata has lasted some thousand years, and will be here a few more. I will miss the walking, and my new pilgrim friends, and the potential adventures. Give me five years, and maybe I´ll be back to finish.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for some amazing new artwork. Etchings! Monotypes! Solar plates! More block prints! It´s a journey of a different sort.
Thank you all for your encouragement and good wishes. You´ve helped speed me on my way, and I´ve appreciated it. I´ll be posting lots of photos and stories when I get home.
See you in Calfornia on Sunday.