October 30, 2002
|The cathedral of León
is believed to be the most incredible cathedral in Spain, and I imagine,
probably all of Europe, primarily because of the number of stained glass
windows and total amount of glass. There are 800 square meters (a meter
is approximately a yard) of windows. The effect is awe inspiring. I could
just imagine what an illiterate mediaeval pilgrim must have thought when
seeing the sight after months of traversing Europe through wild and unknown
country. This alone makes the trip worth the effort. I would have to come
back when I had more time. I only wished that tomorrow the sun would shine
and I could come back and see it in the sunshine.
I took out my map and headed for the albergue to get my credencial stamped. Along the way I came across all the hotels I couldn't find the day before. This re-enforced the lesson I learned of heading for the tourist bureau first!
But even with a map, I got lost. León is an ancient Roman city with tiny meandering streets that twist and turn every which way. I was able to find the Roman walls; who could miss something so big? But I lost track of la avenda (the avenue) on which my hotel was located.
[Editor's Note: León is a thriving metropolis of about 130,000 located on the banks of the Bernesga. It is surrounded on all sides by the Meseta, a large flat plateau. Iron and coal industries and livestock farming are the primary businesses. The ancient city has many masterpieces in three different styles of architecture: Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance.]
Soon I began to feel lightheaded. I was perspiring even though it was cool out. I knew what that meant — I was starting to go hypo. I went into the first place where I could get some food. It was a pasteleria (pastry shop) so I bought a chocolate Danish pastry. Normally, such a extravagant carbohydrate would shoot my glucose level sky high, but when I tested my blood two hours later, the reading was only 111, just above my target level. This gave me a hint of how low I must have gone.
Since I was getting low on my Lantus insulin which is for my baseline metabolism, I went to bed hoping that the shipment would arrive in the morning.