• Ryan Newman

Oh That’s a Bummer

Day 6 (Estella to Torres del Rio)

Distance: 18.07 miles (29.1KM)

Steps: 41,000

Time: 5 hours, 39 minutes

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” Henry James (American Author)

About 9 miles into my walk today, I get the following email from the hotel I stayed in last night:


“The housekeeper found your VISA credit card in room number 203.”


It turns out it was my ATM card. Despite numerous checks of my room before leaving, I somehow left my Visa ATM behind. Not a smart action—to say the least. Since my wife is pregnant, can I claim this situation on a “supportive spousal pregnancy brain” condition?


Normally, this type of situation would have produced a great deal of stress and anger in life. Erin, my wife, might find it hard to believe, but my response was a subtle, “Oh that’s a bummer.”

No kicking. No screaming. No crying. I was nine miles from the location where I left the card. I was nine miles from my scheduled hostel in Torres del Rio. I’m in the middle of Spain and the only access I have to cash is through my ATM card, which I proceeded to forget at my last location. Again, not a smart action.


This moment will not be in my top ten best experiences on the Camino. However, the response and resolution to the issue will be a top ten moment on the Camino, if not in my life.


Adriana (from the hotel) concluded her email to me with these words:


“Where are you sleeping today? We will do our best to send you the card.”


Yes, Adriana arranged with her boss (Javier), who lives nearby (5KM) of Torres del Rio to drop off my ATM card at my next stopping point. 10 minutes after I arrived in Torres del Rio—after walking 18 miles—Javier left at the front desk my ATM card. God bless the Angels of the Camino!! God bless them!!


Mahalo, Gracias, Thank You, Adriana and Javier!!!


Lesson of the Day: There are still plenty of very good and caring people in the world who will go out of their way to help someone—even a silly pilgrim from the United States.


Tel: 808-321-2668

ryandouglasnewman@gmail.com

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