Back to our wooden table. Meanwhile, coffee scent is in the air and Zsuzsa has lit a candle. How soothing it must be to arrive here, after a long journey, sometimes full of deprivation and yet with a great goal in mind. Lübeck is located on the Jutland and Baltic pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrim mecca. For five years, Zsuzsa and her family gave pilgrims a hostel, a place to breathe, a place at "our" table. It would be nice to listen to the table telling us all the stories that have been told here.
About tired feet, doubts and hope, about duty and anticipation. Conversations about God and the world – in the truest sense of the word. Luckily, there is a guestbook from this time, which gives a small insight into how much the pilgrims have loved the hours spent here in the middle of the family. Personal stories of people looking for distance, comfort, or simply after themselves. The book exudes an incredible cheerfulness. "Happiness," "Pilgrim's Paradise" – words like these repeatedly describe the gratitude of their guests from all over the world. A woman from Norway was on the road for 424 days before arriving here, while another was on her 18th stage. And we? We think three times about whether we should walk the route to the bakery or better take the car. Everything has to go fast in our time, a pilgrimage is the opposite model and for more and more people the right way to leave the proverbial rat race behind.