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 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…

#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…