The Camino Frances was like that often. Pilgrims realize it is not meant to be easy and accept whatever comes their way. I met one lady in Burgos at the modern albergue behind the beautiful cathedral. She had been stopped three days because she could not walk with all the pain. I did some reflexology in her and suddenly there was a lineup of pilgrims. I did three but I was too tired to do more. A lovely Irish girl who had gone to supper with me was willing to do several after I did her feet. It was lovely to see how kind she was. She did her best. The person I had been on the bus with had gone on to supper without me but God sent an Irish angel who told me her story and helped others. Each day held so many hills and valleys.
This year I must get some music to boost my energy while walking. Someone out there must know the best device for holding a couple hundred ditties. Nothing to make me homesick, but songs to make my legs move faster! Not as much hilly terrain so I can probably tap dance as I mosey along. How about some songs that cheer you up and make you feel 20 or 30 again! Send them to me here if you have time. Also advice on the best and smallest gadget so I can try to keep up with my peregrino buddy this camino.
I like good news..here it is!
I have a great lady to travel to do my second camino with this year. And it is booked!
Also, my first camino book will be available for $1.99 no later than end of April. Watch out for Strong Camino Woman on Smashwords and other sites. Book #3 since retirement!
Things are finally falling into place for this camino traveller/retiree. Part-time job,travelling,family gatherings…life is good!
How I Will Improve My Camino Experience This Time Around
1. I will buy data package for my phone
2. Hopefully I will travel with a friend or friends
3. I will cook more and not partake of the pilgrim’s meal as much as 2013
Camino Portugues will be a different experience but I will take one day at a time
One camino leads to another and another. This May I hope to do the Camino Portugues, from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. This time I have two ladies travelling with me. I hope they will slow down a little as they are seasoned hikers. Stay tune for updates on my ebook and my next camino. Buen camino to you each day as you journey through your life!
One camino after another….I have said it is an addiction but a good one, I think. Try one and you might love it.
I did not encounter a shortage of lodging on the camino but since Im an early morning person I was in villages by 2 p.m. Only one village had a full alberique but only a short distance a cranky hospitalero who spoke no English gave me a bottom bunk. It is not a race,folks! You can usually find a taxi to the next village for a few euros. I was lucky, I guess, as I always got a bottom bunk and found no bed bugs. Buen camino, perigrinos!
Yesterday my friend Madonna invited me to go snowshoeing with her. Did I mention that I like to watch snow falling from my window and cover up warm and sleep in Winter storms? Well, why not try it for another first in my life!
We met at the North Lodge in the middle of a bus load of students returning from their day of sucking in all that fresh air. Were they hyped! I said to myself “I wish some of their enthusiam would rub off on me.” I met Joyce and Clayton and we chatted. Then two old friends of mine who I hadnt chatted with since the 70s came in and I welcomed them to our table. This was turning out not so bad after all.
Eventually we got started. We were handed some lightweight snowshoes. I took some poles. With Mary’s help we got them on and we were off. Did I mention that Madonna got us maps? It was hilarious as we didnt open them as we were too busy gabbing and enjoying the scenery. I wouldnt be able to tell you which trails we walked as we just walked. When we returned to the lodge we discovered we were the last and we had missed the platter of sandwiches. Gone! I guess the other skiers and walkers had built up a big appetite!
It turned out to be a fabulous afternoon with my good friend Madonna and all my new walking friends.