Camino Day 78 (Cee to Fisterra) 20K- #CAMINO #HIKING

The Magician and I were both in high spirits as we set off from Cee. Every few steps taking a moment to enjoy the autumn sun on our skin. Marveling at the warms so late in the year, especially after the few days of rain Continue reading Camino Day 78 (Cee to Fisterra) 20K- #CAMINO #HIKING

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 75 (Alto do Mar Do Ovellas to Vilaserío) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Our Camino family woke earl-ish in the morning, setting off from the albergue all together. Quickly we separated into two groups. My Brother, a beautiful Spanish woman and I walked together all morning.  With light- hearted conversations, we spent most Continue reading Camino Day 75 (Alto do Mar Do Ovellas to Vilaserío) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 74 (Santiago to Alto do Mar Do Ovellas) 16K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We had a lie in this morning before heading out to grab breakfast with our Camino family. This was strange as it was the first time we’d walked without our back packs in over 2 months. Leaving our feet and shoulders feeling magically lighter. Unfortunately we needed to make our flights from Porto in a short week we had to keep walking today if we would reach Finisterra and Continue reading Camino Day 74 (Santiago to Alto do Mar Do Ovellas) 16K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 73 (Irene to Santiago) 28K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Waking at 3am I wriggled round trying to get back to sleep, but failing miserable, I then got up to start my walk into Santiago. Here I found the front door locked, with a notice saying the door wouldn’t be opened till 8-30am. I was seething. I wanted to walk, to run, to escape. I was feeling rubbish for wanting to walk alone, and just wanted to drive my emotional energy into a hard-paced walk, Continue reading Camino Day 73 (Irene to Santiago) 28K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 72 (Mélide to Irene)- 25K #CAMINO #HIKING

I woke up early, having not slept well for most of the night. It didn’t help that the Magician’s other Brother spent 30mins doing yoga in front of me. I know some people really enjoyed this, but it’s not really my cup of tea having a bloke do this in front of me at 7am in skin tight leggings. After the aerobic display we eventually set off from the albergue in search of breakfast and ate the most Continue reading Camino Day 72 (Mélide to Irene)- 25K #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 71 (Gonzar to Mélide) 32K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We set out from Gonzar and I had a feeling that we’d met the Magician’s other Camino brother early in the morning. I was dreading that I’d suddenly feel isolated from the Magician as they caught up together and probably spoke mostly in French together. I was aware that if I feared this, I might also end up attracting it, and/ or see it everywhere. The Magician happily bubbled Continue reading Camino Day 71 (Gonzar to Mélide) 32K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 70 (Sarria to Gonzar) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We were 4 days from Santiago! The end point for the Camino (although the Magician and I were planning on continuing walking together after this point onto Finisterra and Muxia). Sarria is known as the starting point for Tourino’s (Tourist Pelegrino’s). Starting here allows people to spend Continue reading Camino Day 70 (Sarria to Gonzar) 29K- #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

Camino Day 68 (O Cebreiro to Triacastela) 22K- #CAMINO #HIKING

I woke up with the Magician to views of mist covered streets as we were high up in the hills. We sat and had a slow breakfast with Kisses Cuddle Bear. I had finally found a person that could eat more than the Magician. I had thought for a long time it wasn’t physically possible, but its true, he does exist. And they’re both French. It reminded me of my French exchange, where the French mothers Continue reading Camino Day 68 (O Cebreiro to Triacastela) 22K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 67 (Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro) 28K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Villafranca del Bierzo has earnt its name from French Benedictine monks from Cluny monastery who settled here in the 11th century. And very excitingly, after Villafranca del Bierzo, we entered Galacia! In Galacia, Continue reading Camino Day 67 (Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro) 28K- #CAMINO #HIKING

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