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

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Camino Day 57 (Castrojeriz to Carrión de los Condes) 46K- #CAMINO #HIKING

This morning was our walk in moonlight on the Camino. So sneaking around at 2am in the morning in the middle of a dorm room is not particularly easy (surprise surprise). I did have a terrible urge to wake everyone in the room up and try and make them come with us because everything felt wonderfully magical to me right then. I’m not sure people would have appreciated that though.

My Brother set off as quickly as possible, wanting to find a nice spot to have a fire.  Continue reading Camino Day 57 (Castrojeriz to Carrión de los Condes) 46K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Appalachian Trail- #Poem #Hiking #Appalachian Trail #AT

The clock is ticking

It won’t be long now

I set myself the goal

I can’t turn back

Nervousness is mounting

Will the training be enough?

Fevered conversations with experts

Driving me onto the trail

Unknown will be my conditions

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I am here, I am present- #Poem #Poetry

My thoughts are here

Floating to the Yin and Yang

My emotions roll like waves

Tide in, Tide out

Body like a steading rock

Capturing the me in its vessel

Behaviour and deed igniting changes

Continue reading I am here, I am present- #Poem #Poetry

Camino Day 54 Rest Day in Burgos- #CAMINO #HIKING

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. Continue reading Camino Day 54 Rest Day in Burgos- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 53 (Agés to Burgos) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

We set out late this morning after a long breakfast with my Brother and the Magician. The walk out of Agés was along a road with few and far between cars. I walked in sight of the Magician, but alone for a large part of the morning. It was going to be my 35th Birthday in a couple of days. I was nervous, my last birthday had been a disaster. My ex and I had a birthday tradition which involved being sung happy birthday in the morning and served cake in bed. Well he’d decided that it didn’t seem important anymore as I’d been busy with my new job. He realised this was a mistake after I’d gotten very upset. Reliving these memories, Continue reading Camino Day 53 (Agés to Burgos) 26K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Camino Day 52 (Belorado to Agés) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING

In Belorado there’s no where to have breakfast, so we chowed down on some terrible fake processed chocolate croissants from a local shop. The Magician, my Brother and I walked out from Belorado together, till we got to the small town called Villafrance Montes de Oca. Pilgrims used to recover after crossing the Oca mountains here. Being a pilgrim back then was very dangerous, with robbers leaving them easily open to attack.  On the other hand, pilgrims also used to have a bad reputation. This was because they could be people walking the Camino to escape criminal punishment (i.e. thieves). And they might even be doing the pilgrimage with no way to feed themselves (so they would steal). Continue reading Camino Day 52 (Belorado to Agés) 29K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Strength in My Body’s Movement- #Poem #Poetry

Muscles excerted

Pushed to the bound

Want to collapse beneath

This temporary hold

Breath through the desire

Calm the twitch beneath

Know I trust you body

To hold me in your keep

The Purest Self- Love- #Poem #Poetry

We gave up on each other

Replacements easily found

But pouring our energy away

Into a deep abyss of vampires

To return with no change

No boilstering of just me

The balance never in my favour

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Camino Day 50 Sotés to Santo Domingo de la Calzada 35K- #CAMINO #HIKING

The Magician and I set off late in the morning down the hill. The sun was rising quickly and burning off the mist which was curling round the small clumped buildings in Sotés. Once we got down the tarmac road, we reached the Camino again. The dirt track had a golden colour with the small towns highlighted in the distance. On the way now we could easily see the next stops we’d get too. This was a simple motivation for more coffee and food. Today took us to the first major town in a while, Nájera. After Pamplona was sacked by the Moors in 924, the Kings of Navarra residence was moved here. During the War of Independence though the French destroyed large parts of Nájera. This gives the town a huge amount of history here, but is now just a very small town with a number of old churches. Continue reading Camino Day 50 Sotés to Santo Domingo de la Calzada 35K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Water Beach- #Poem #Poetry

Take me to the sea

The salty water will cleanse me

Bathing in the powerful waves

Sand will rub down my rough skin

Showing my soft under belly

Sticking to the wet skin

In delicate beige swirls

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Camino Day 49 (Logroño to Sotés) 20K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Today we set off with my Brother and the Magician again. They spent a lot of the morning walking ahead of me. The Camino this morning was along dusty roads next to a high way across Spain. I paused once by a chicken wire fence which was filled with pieces of wood set out in crosses. This was one of the first clear signs of the Catholic church and this being a walk of devotion that I’d come across. A sign which was based from Camino walkers collectively together putting signs of their faith on the walk. I felt conflicted in this moment. When I’d reached Pamplona, I’d seen clearly how the church was using fear to create devotion. This had made me start to see that, although, till that point I’d classified myself as Christian. I no longer was. Being here, it just felt creepy to be honest. I started to see that when I saw signs of Christianity, I felt a strong level of judgement. Kind of ironic when you think the path I was walking on is a Christian one based on devotion and pilgrimage. Continue reading Camino Day 49 (Logroño to Sotés) 20K- #CAMINO #HIKING

Internal Supporting Arms- #Poem #Self- love

People say they care for me

But they judge me

People say they love me

But I’m never prioritised

People say I matter

But I’m the one who always concedes

People say, say and say

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Camino Day 48 (Torres del Rio to Logroño) 21K- #Camino #Hiking

We started out early in a group of three with the Magician and my Brother. We passed a selection of rocks glinting in the sparkling sunrise. When you walk, people mark their passage on walking routes by placing a stone in a pile. This early on made me very sad as people had placed notes in remembrance of people. People walk the Camino for a lot of different reasons. One of these can be to work through the grief. I saw my father ghost in all the pictures of men in their middle ages, and personal messages of love. Continue reading Camino Day 48 (Torres del Rio to Logroño) 21K- #Camino #Hiking