#Camino Day 25 and 26: five reflections on arriving in Santiago

Yesterday, I did it. I finally arrived in Santiago. And though the last 5kms felt like the longest I’d walked (and possibly were more than 5kms as I lost the Camino once or twice) the moment I spotted one of the cathedral’s spires I was flooded with relief and happiness. Exhausted and elated, I walked…

#Camino Day 24: approaching the journey’s end

Today had been a fantastic day on the Camino. A sunny, breezy, chatty day on the Camino. The kind of day that the Camino is all about. Like the Camino knows I’m about to break up with it and has pulled out all the stops. The sparkling morning dew… The miles of beautiful green fields……

#Camino Days 22 and 23: reunions

Almost as soon as I’d finished writing my last blog, I realised that I had already met the people I was sharing my albergue with. They were my train-buddy Benjamin’s Camino crew! It turns out that just as I’d started speeding up, they’d opted for a more relaxed finish to the Camino. This meant I…

#Camino Day 21: turbo-tortoise

Knowing the end is nearly in sight has certainly put some bounce in my step today. I stepped out cheerily into the early morning, thinking just what a privilege it was to see another sunrise in the countryside. And I may still be plodding along the Camino at tortoise pace, but I’ve covered some serious…

#Camino Days 17 and 18: on the advice of old ladies

While I have walked alone for an hour or two many times on the Camino, yesterday was the first day I spent almost entirely by myself. Early in the day, amid the pouring rain, I met an old lady who came over to wish me a Buen Camino. She took my hands and wished me…

#Camino Days 15 and 16: Camino Magico

“Magic Camino” might seem like a strange title for my blog when I tell you that I spent all of yesterday completely knocked out by a vicious cold, but bear with me. The day certainly didn’t start well, I felt like I’d been bashed around the head and I could barely pull myself out of…

#Camino Days 13 and 14: climb every mountain

Yesterday morning when I left Astorga, I was surprised by the town’s fantastic Gaudí church, one of the few outside Catalunya, completely overshadowing the Cathedral next door. But this was far from characteristic of the day ahead! The rest of the day was more rural, with a steady incline over around 20km. By the time…

#Camino Day 12: The Camino will provide

The Camino turns everyone who walks it into a philosopher. It imbues every song with deeper meaning. Every path on the Camino has its ups and downs, and the emotions follow a similar pattern. After some tough days, I have been walking in something of an elated state. My knee pain is greatly reduced and…

#Camino Days 10 and 11: Camino 2.0

As I write my blog today, I am sitting out in the sun in a little village called San Martín, drinking a cup of tea. I’ve covered a respectable 17km on foot and I’m now ahead of schedule… due to a quick trip on a train… When Iast blogged I was resting up in Burgos….