Today was our rest day in Burgos! We managed to convince a lot of our other friends to take the day off with us. Unfortunately we got kicked out of the Municipal bang on 8am though, so no nice lie in. We all clambered out of the municipal together and had a goodbye breakfast together with our Spanish friend and my Little Sister. My Little Sister was off to find her Texan, and start her beautiful love story, as he was purposely waiting further up the trail for her. My brother was having to say goodbye for now to our friend that he’d been walking with for a few days. I know this was hard for them, but I thought he could do with the time alone, to think about what he was looking for on the Camino.
After our long breakfast the Magician and I spent the day wondering together around Burgos. The city has become a strong metropolitan over the centuries. It all started when it became the trading capital of the Meseta (where they have a lot of sheep). The Meseta is basically a giant desert on a plato (which starts after Burgos). This is well known for being one of the hardest parts of the Camino Frances. This is because it’s mentally a huge challenge walking for ~20k distances next to tarmac roads with flat dusty landscapes. I was weirdly looking forward to the challenge, to see how I’d deal with it.
We spent the afternoon wondering around the city centre in beautiful sunshine, looking at the Cathedral de Santa Maria, which has incredible examples of Gothic architecture. The building was started by King Fernando III in 12th Century, but wasn’t finished until the 16th Century. There are a few boutique bakeries, which shops contained sweets and sugary treats for Halloween. We then sat together with friends enjoying cold beers before we went to the Museum of Human Evolution. The museum talks about evolution, specifically on an 800,000 year old remains of the first ‘European’. The museum was really well laid out, but after I’d seen the remains and some cave paintings I was happy to start an early evening with our friends for more food and beer.
Meeting our friends outside the Municipal, there’s a really cute bar playing rock music that we sat in. Here the Magician surprised me. It wasn’t my birthday till the next day, but he’d bought a postcard from a Camino walker (who was selling her handmade art). He’d gotten all my friends to sign my card with messages of love. After dreading what my birthday would bring, he’d made me feel like the most important person in the world that night.
My English friend was at the bar with us, and asked me one question. What would I say I’d learnt in the last year? After a short pause, I explained that in the last year I realised when you think that things aren’t possible, that you can’t change or improve your life, its not true. The only thing that limits you, is you. In the last year I’d lost 7 stone, moved country (twice), discovered a love for writing and hiking, quit my job and was now travelling for a year. I was starting to be excited, rather than dreading my 35th Birthday. Where would I be in a year?