First Light on the Camino

Just outside Mazarife

“We need to be reminded sometimes that a sunrise lasts but a few minutes. But its beauty can burn in our hearts eternally.”   

– R. A. Salvatore

Anyone who’s met me knows I am not a morning person. I don’t often see the sun rise, nor do I want to. (A more accurate quote for me might be the one from Nanea Hoffman:

“Today’s goals: Coffee and kindness. Maybe two coffees, and then kindness.”

The first morning
My first “first light” of the Camino, Le Puy 2015

But on the Camino de Santiago, I saw the mornings. Not only was I awake, but I was usually already outside, moving through the light as it gathered and changed. Sunrise in the open places of Spain is something not to be missed, even for a night owl like me.

A setting moon on the Meseta


Today’s theme for #CaminoTuesday is “first light,” and it has me thinking about all of the early mornings, from my very first morning in Le Puy, to the day we walked out of Santiago de Compostela toward Finisterre and turned to watch the sun rise over the cathedral, now to the east.

La Rioja, 2017


Dawn above the clouds
Morning light above the clouds
Getting a head start out of Sarria
looking back
looking back to Santiago in the east (in 2015, when the cathedral was still encased in scaffolding)

Published by beth jusino

Editor. Writer. Teacher. Pilgrim. At home in the Pacific Northwest.

3 thoughts on “First Light on the Camino

  1. Mornings are great. In summer time the sunrise gives you a reason to start your day early if you want to. A magical moment , good to take time to admire . I am not the kind of person who want to go walking with a headlamp… so the fall morning days on the Camino are different.

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    1. I totally agree with you about the headlamp. I tried it a couple of times in 2017, and I ended up feeling anxious about missing arrows, and also feeling like I was missing the things I wanted to see. In early spring (April) in France, we rarely started before 8 or 9. In Spain in summer, it was more like 7 or 7:30, which was light enough to see easily, but often still before the sun topped the horizon.

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