"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it." -Rosalia de Castro, Galician Poet and Writer
That quote hit me like a bolt of lightning the first time I came across it. I had just arrived back in Santiago de Compostela for a one month home-stay language immersion course, and my host, Sylvia took me on a walk through town. It was the perfect way to break the ice between total strangers who did not share a common language, and I appreciated her thinking of it and the way it calmed my frazzled nerves. Not only did I not know where I was going, I had no clue what to expect from what I was facing.
We walked through the town I had first visited at the end of my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago and had visited subsequently; always to welcome other pilgrims finishing their journey. It immediately felt completely different to be seeing it through a resident's eyes, and I quickly became fascinated by the history and the people who kept this medieval city alive.
We came upon this beautiful granite statue of Rosalia de Castro in the Paseo de Ferrdura in the Alameda Park of Santiago. Sylvia explained that she was a Galican writer who defied the cultural elitism of the day by writing her prose not only in the acceptable Castilian Spanish, but also in the Galegan language native to the Northeastern part of Spain.
I later looked her up and saw that quote which seems to define my life as of late. The more I read about her, the more I admired her spirit and accomplishments.
Those words have become a sort of touchstone for what I am trying to create with the ever evolving Suvi Travels & Imports. After this period of rest, rejuvenation and reflection, the website will be launched Mid-March and Señora de Castro's words will have a prominent place throughout the site.
In the meantime, I have just booked a trip which should provide me with all of the inspiration and enthusiasm I need for the next step. Hope you all stay with me as I walk this path I see in front of me, but have no idea where it ends.
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