The story begins when Santiago is but a young boy tending after sheep in the countryside with the sheep and books as his company. He thought his life boring that his schedule and that of the sheep were synchronized such as wake-sleep patterns, often speaking to them to ease his loneliness and share the best parts in the books he read believing they could somehow hear him. All this changed when he meets a beautiful Andalusian girl, daughter to a merchant and they connected after a deep conversation with her. Now she was all that occupied his mind mostly.
He had studied Latin, Spanish, and theology in a seminary until age 16, and being a priest would have brought so much peace to their simple farm family in Spain. But in his heart, dreams of traveling weighed heavy. At the time, only being a shepherd could allow for his travel…
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