This entry is taken from my Camino journal.
June 24, 2009 – Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Though only 21 km from Najera, this trip was most difficult for me due to the blisters on the backs of my twin heels and a new one having formed on my big right toe. I am told a man is coming around 5pm to care for the blisters of pilgrims.
The albergue is the nicest we’ve seen, as the place in Puenta la Reina was a hotel with a few beds for pilgrims, this place has a sleek design, three floors of spacious living and functioning room; there are many fairly artful photos hanging about, dedicated to the city’s fiestas and over-infatuation with chickens.
The story I am told is that a family was once stopping through St. Domingo. A local girl feel in love with the family’s son, but, since the family would be leaving in the morning, the boy called it off. This angered the girl and, in her rage, hid a goblet of worth in the boy’s bag. The “theft” was discovered, the boy tried, found guilty, and sentenced to be hanged.
The parents finished the pilgrimage, but later returned to find the boy still hanging and miraculously still alive. The mother gave thanks to Saint James (Santiago) and to the Virgin Mother of Christ for the miracle. The family went to the local magistrate to say that their son was still alive as a proclamation of his innocence. The magistrate was about to eat when he heard mother’s story. He answered that the hanging boy was as alive as the chicken he was about to eat.
In that moment, the bird returned to life, flying from the table. Astonished, the magistrate went to where the boy hanged and saw that he was alive. He boy was returned to his family and the chicken was taken to the church to attest to the miracle.