A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The First Three Days

We left Castelo de Vide on Friday, walking some 20 kilometers to Las Huertas, Spain, where we stayed with some friends. After dumping a few kilos from our backpacks the next day we walked another 8 kilometers, then camped for the night with our friend Gianni, who joined us in Valencia de Alcantara. Olivia and I walked another 30 kilometers today (Gianni walked, then hitchhiked ahead of us) and we're now staying in Alburquerque as Couchsurfing guests. We are tired, sore, and very grateful to our hosts for giving us the comforts of home for a day or two.

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