My second #Camino: hasta luego

Friday was my last day walking, but the joy of the Camino is that you can make new friends in even that short space of time. At our second stop for the day, Elke and I met Laurie, from the Netherlands, who started in Leon and is walking her first Camino. We walked the rest…

My second Camino: the pilgrims’ meal

I normally write my blog in the afternoon, after walking, and before dinner, so I haven’t written much before about the pilgrims’ meals on the Camino. But now seems like a good opportunity because we had a very special pilgrims’ meal in Villavante, the night before last. All along the Camino you can have a…

My second #Camino: you don’t just see, you experience

The magic of travelling across a country on foot is that you don’t just see it, you really experience it. One of my favourite experiences is the food. Food along the Camino is like nothing else on earth. Of course, it’s probably not just the quality of food (though it’s generally very good). Walking several…

My second #Camino: andar y descansar

It’s easy to push yourself too hard on the Camino. You want to walk. You came here to walk. Just a few more kilometres… It’s not so easy to rest. But it’s important to do so. It’s vital for your body, and it’s also good for your soul. I remember reading a sign last year…

My second #Camino: a long day powered by coffee

This morning’s walk started with another spectacular moon-set and sunrise. Tomorrow there will be a full moon, so I think I’m getting spoilt. Even better, just 3kms into our day we stopped for coffee, tortilla and juice. Caffeine gave this pilgrim, and Inês, super powers (Elke prefers hot chocolate but the effect is similar)! The…

My second #Camino: a sunny day and a psychological challenge

Today marked my first day walking on this year’s Camino. After a full fourteen hours of travel yesterday, perhaps you’d have thought I would have wanted a little bit of a lie in, but by 6am the hostel was bustling and by 6:45 we were on the road. On sunny days in the meseta (Spain’s…

Planning for my second #Camino: worth the weight

After a few days walking, one topic really sets hold on the Camino de Santiago: what could you send home? A heavy backpack can slow you down, and make you feel pretty miserable. But if you don’t have the things you need… Well that will make you feel miserable too. So, if you’re thinking of…

Planning for my second #Camino: the need to train

When I left home for my first Camino this time last year, part of me didn’t quite believe it was real. Was this magical path all it was cracked up to be? Could I genuinely just walk all day and, on arriving at whichever town I reached, find a hostel where I could sleep for…

El #Camino, te engancha

I woke up to find a lovely message on my phone this morning, from Wendy, who I met on my flight out to start the Camino de Santiago one year ago today. What a wonderful reminder of the magic of the Way. I saw the magic when I was out there, of course. In the first…