text and images britt-arnhild
Two short days in Sweden, starting with lunch one day, ending with another lunch the next. A few hours one. Still enough to make new friends, enough to discuss diaconia together, enough to do a pilgrimage.
Hållandsgården is a wonderful campsite east of the Norwegian border. I have been there once before, years before blogging, and looked forward to come back.
Last time I was there with the sami people, working indoors all weekend. So I had no idea that the path along the river was a perfectpilgrima path, a St.Olav walk............a short path along the pilgrim road to Nidaros.
A small group, dressed in waterproof booths and warm coats.
Crossing the railway.
Last summer I took the train along this line, on my way to Härnösand.
I had no idea I passed so close to a pilgrim road.....
A pilgrimage don't need to continue for days, though one day I want to walk "all the way" to Santiago.
Two hours, with a long coffee stop can be a full walk as well.
A St.Olav's spring with fresh water. Holy water? Isn't all water holy? Life giving.
Follow the way.
The right way.
Halfway, an old log cabin, a fire burning, the smell of coffee floating out of the door.
A fire. To sit down and let your eyes and mind rest.
Prayers without woords.
History in the walls.
A several hundred years inscription, INRI, Jesus from Nazareth, King of the Jews.
Two hours to bring with me into Easter.