Camino Day 51 (Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado) 20K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We hadn’t seen my Brother the  day before, so we spent all morning walking together. A happy little trio. So here I’ll answer a question you’re dying to know the answer too! Just how do you entertain yourself on a 1,000 mile walk? Your days are filled with slowly changing scenery. Some filled with glorious nature, other smothered in industrial noise and smoke. Sing together, listen to music. I might have a small habit of dancing down the Camino. A grown woman, dancing with a 30 pound hiking bag? Yes, it just looks weird. And you’ll have long deep philosophical talks of life, the universe and the why to it all. So there are few ridiculous games we played to break these bits up too. One is ‘What she said!’ This is something you say after someone says something that a woman might say related to sex. The other is ‘Roger’. Effectively you have to say ‘Roger’ after someone burps. You have to do this quickly, as the last one to say it gets a smack around the head… These are deliciously childish games, that are extremely satisfying to help break those serious moments. Its even more fun (gross confession now) but I can burp on command and say words at the same time. So, I pretty much always win at Roger. Cue evil villain laugh.

Through the walk all morning we crossed over from La Rioja, into the Leon province. After walking through this place we stopped for lunch. Here I came across the Englishman I’d met before. You start to get a sense when you walk on the Camino if there are people you’re meant to met and talk to. During the afternoon we had one of these exceptionally open and honest conversations. I talked about my divorce, how I’d been 7 stone heavier than I was now due to my eating disorder (but how a lot of this had changed after I separated from my husband). He talked through his own challenges with owning his sexual attraction to the opposite sex. When I was over weight I lost a lot of confidence about being sexually attractive, this played into damaging my marriage. The problem with having an eating disorder though? Well your sad because you feel unattractive. You eat because you’re sad. You end up in this never-ending loop.

After walking with the Englishman all afternoon along the side of the road, we then caught up with my Brother and the Magician on the outskirts of Belorado. This is a small town, which is dominated by large grey buildings. They have a large number of churches (nine in total) considering the size of the town.

In the evening we stayed in a beautiful Albergue which was stuffed full of character. There was a Dutch woman who was looking after the place. They offered dinner at the Albergue, so we all took it so we could sit together and talk. Our Korean friend, along with others turned up once dinner was finished. So we all sat together singing the night away as he played the ukele. Camino magic singing out in every note.

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I can come in many labels, many boxes, a divorcee, survivor, traveler, writer, optimist. But these labels only limit me to who I am at this point in time. But as you will read on my blog, I am my journey. I hope you will enjoy walking this path with me.

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