I was walking the Camino Primitivo when a black man approached me to sell me this instrument. "Sorry", I said "as you can see I'm already quite loaded, I can't carry any more weight". But it doesn't weight anything, the man replied. I held it in my hands, he was right, it weighed nothing.

I thought: my walks are lonely and sometimes boring, and instrument would give me company. I've never tried playing an instrument. So I bought it. I did play it on my walks, without much intention, the sound was pleasant.

This instrument wasn't particularly well constructed or meaningful, what felt important was that it was the first instrument I possessed. Once you possess an instrument, more musical instruments will find their way to you. This Kalimba will be the first of a series of instruments which I don't yet know.