On returning from town this morning in the pouring rain we found Kim huddled into the corner of the shelter, half in her sleeping bag to get warm and wet through. So we brought her into the house, dried off her clothes and boots and gave her a bowl of hot soup.
Her poncho was torn and leaking. So Carol and Kim made a wondeful new one – complete with arms and hood – from plastic rubbish bags. So here she is ready to set off again.
In the meantime we learnt that Kim was a civil engineering student from Saarbrucken in Germany.
Dominique from East Germany was our first pilgrim of 2022. She is an opera singer but is now running a ‘puppet’ theatre in Saxony – as she explained really more of an ‘object’ theatre that uses objects rather than people to tell a story. She told us that East Germans stll feel different to West Germans and perhaps somewhat resentful. Wages are still lower in East Germany.
She had already walked the Camino de Norte and was now doing the Camino Frances – as far as Pamplona on this occasion.