Find a place inside where there’s joy and the joy will burn out the pain – Joseph Campbell, an American Mythologist. Jane Blanchard, who wrote an excellent book about the Camino, Women of the way, tweeted the above piece of inspiration. The first time I read it, a couple of years ago, this quote really […]
There was much excitement today amongst pilgrims, striding towards Santiago, about the Compostela. This is the certificate of completion of the Camino de Santiago. Here are my certificates that I collected on arrival at Santiago today. I did get a kick out of seeing my name in Latin. I couldn’t really get excited about the […]
Started early and walked almost 35k today to make it to Santiago in the early afternoon. The legs were feeling really heavy and sluggish today, but I suppose that’s just due to walking every day. The hills wouldn’t be helping either, as they are much tougher than the hills at home. Santiago is officially the […]
34k today. A bit further than the guide book recommends, but I want to get to Santiago tomorrow, one day earlier than expected. Walking today was fairly fast, a bit up and down at the start followed by a long flat stretch with a small hill at the end. Today I really hit the jackpot […]
Yet another hilly hill to start the day, followed by a very steep downhill, followed by flat for most of the day. Walking was much easier today – only 11% on loose paths, the rest mainly on quiet roads.
The mountain was climbed yesterday but today it must be descended. You probably know by now that I really don’t like descents. I have very weak knees and unsure footing. But I have noticed since I began the Camino that my knees seem to be getting stronger. After quite a long descent of about 7k, […]
so the day had come to get myself up this mountain. I have been dreading this day since the day my guide book arrived months ago. It was almost a 10k climb and took about three hours. It wasn’t easy but I was really pleased with how well I managed. I think I have probably […]
Looking at today’s stage in the guide book was enough for me to know that I had better get moving early. Took off in the dark at 5.45 and headed onto a narrow path which led up the mountain. It didn’t seem to take too long before we found ourselves above the clouds. Even though […]