Camino Day 76 -77 (Vilaserío to Cee) 30K- #CAMINO #HIKING

So it turned out we all survived the night and slowly one by one left the creepy municipal at Vilaserío. The Magician woke in an epic-ally bad mood. He had a very serious case of man- flu, fueled by a need for space to himself. He set off from the municipal alone, leaving me to slowly catch Continue reading Camino Day 76 -77 (Vilaserío to Cee) 30K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 69 (Triacastela to Sarria) 27K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We left Triacastela late in the morning after wondering around trying to find the pharmacy to get some medication to treat our usual 101 ailments you get from walking >25k every day for weeks on end. I couldn’t help but feel very excited today! The Magician, my Brother and I would be going to visit a community that was set up by a writer. In the community they ran Continue reading Camino Day 69 (Triacastela to Sarria) 27K- #CAMINO #HIKING

What should I do?- #Poem #Poetry

Go back as a corporate negotiator

Bang a table over self importance

Demanding blood for the last penny

 

Should I change completely?

Live outside till my back gives out

Hands gnarled from the love of green growth

 

Should I give walking tours

Sharing my love of nature

Or history of cities

 

Continue reading What should I do?- #Poem #Poetry

Camino Day 66 (Ponferrerada to Villafranca del Bierzo) 25K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Ponferrerada is the last major town before Santiago! There’s a fortress here that the Templar knights built (after they were directed to look after this place by the Kings of Leon). Once they were disbanded though, the area was taken over by the Dukes of Lemos. The town continued to thrive with the surge of medieval pilgrims though, which was only added too with the discovery of coal and iron ores here in the 20th century.

We were starting to get closer and closer to the end of the Camino, less than 2 weeks left. This was starting to feel pretty strange and I was finding myself starting to dread the end and yet unable to wait for it at the same time. I thought about people having walked long distances struggling to acclimatise back into their life before. Questions filled our conversations about what will you do after? How do you bring the Camino home with you. Some had jobs to go straight back to, others were going back to studies, others would continue to travel. The Magician Continue reading Camino Day 66 (Ponferrerada to Villafranca del Bierzo) 25K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 65 (Foncebadon Monte Irago to Ponferrerada) 27K- #CAMINO #HIKING

The Magician and I woke up early to do yoga together in the morning, But this has to have been the weirdest yoga I’ve ever done. It basically started with 20 minutes of dancing in a giant circle and we were meant to become ‘lost Continue reading Camino Day 65 (Foncebadon Monte Irago to Ponferrerada) 27K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 64 (Astorga to Foncebadón) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We got up and left the Muncipal late in the morning, and spent a long time wondering round Astorga to try and find somewhere open for breakfast. As the Magician and I had arrived in darkness, this was the first time we Continue reading Camino Day 64 (Astorga to Foncebadón) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 63 (Villar de Mozarife to Astorga) 31K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Today was a day for sadness and excitement. I was excited because the Magician and I were only two days from Cruz de Ferro (a large cross). At the cross you could leave a stone you carried all the way from home here (to represent the burden you would leave on the pilgrimage). The one I had with me I’d actually picked up a few months before in Costa Rica. It had the strips of a tiger on it, representing to me, that if I wanted something badly enough, even I could Continue reading Camino Day 63 (Villar de Mozarife to Astorga) 31K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Earnt my Sweat- #Poem #Poetry

Legs gently warmed

Arms lose at my sides

Curled at the elbow in a warrior pose

Sun on my face

Gently flecks of rain to cool my brow

Concrete falling away under my strides

Pound music in rhythm with my heart beat

Stress falls away

Knowledge that I can

In every stride

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Camino Day 62 (León to Villar de Mazarife) 23K- #CAMINO #HIKING

With our little group of four we left the hotel late in the morning, enjoying a long and leisurely breakfast in León. The city was buzzing in the Continue reading Camino Day 62 (León to Villar de Mazarife) 23K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 61 (Reliegos to León) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Today we’d be walking to León! It was the last major city before Santiago, and I was starting to feel the end of the walk. In 20 days time I’d be home for my Mum’s birthday. This made me sad to finish, but I also felt guilty as I knew my mum was in hospital (from a broken leg, which was complicated as she is paraplegic). This left me with a strange conflict inside. Sadness, guilt, Continue reading Camino Day 61 (Reliegos to León) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Breaking the Cycle- #Poem #Poetry

You gave a request

I read as an ultimatum

You stated you finally want to stop this circle

Finally opening up

And I start to see

That even when I said the contrary

I’d been closed to you

Love for you grows with me

Tears of sorrow for the guilt

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Camino Day 60 (Sahagun to Reliegos) 33K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Our little group of the Texan, my Little Sister and the Magician left our municipal late. We bounced through Sahagun, finding the half way sign! The Magician and I had walked ¾ of the route from Le Puy to Santiago. Most of that, we had been Continue reading Camino Day 60 (Sahagun to Reliegos) 33K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 59 (Ledigos to Sahagun) 23K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We left Ledigos late in the day, walking on to the Terradillos de los Templarios, which used to belong to the Templar Knights. They were set up to protect pilgrims to Palestine, which then expanded to protected all pilgrims (including those to Santiago). The Templar Knights were dissolved when the church abolished their order on 13th October 1307. This was set into motion Continue reading Camino Day 59 (Ledigos to Sahagun) 23K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 58 (Carrión de los Condes to Ledigos) 25K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Today was an epic-ally exciting day, we were going to get to walk with my Little Sister and the Texan! Needless to say the Magician saw an opportunity for me to improve my French and my Little Sister’s English. Talking via google translate is a bit weird to be honest. And it has taught me, never trust google… translating to the male and female in French from English is treacherous! It ends up with you Continue reading Camino Day 58 (Carrión de los Condes to Ledigos) 25K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 55 (Burgos to Hornillos del Camino) 22K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We woke up and left the fancy hostel pretty late, so late my Brother got fed up waiting for us and started walking. After several weeks of dreading my birthday, it had finally appeared. After the magic of the night before with my friends and the Magician, I felt the ghosts of that day disappear. It was like a milestone had been crossed and I wasn’t looking at the day and thinking, huh, Continue reading Camino Day 55 (Burgos to Hornillos del Camino) 22K- #CAMINO #HIKING