Blog 97 – 5.10.17. Camino Finale: finding the treasure, and a spanish Fawlty Towers*..

On arrival in Santiago, I looked out for Anna from Freiburg who I’d met a number of times and we agreed by text to meet later, near the Cathedral. I then spend the next 2 hours queuing to show my Pilgrim’s Credencial and get my Compostela certificate from the Pilgrims Office near the Cathedral…I feel I have graduated. I did it. My lovely leg with healed Achilles tendon (and no blisters) can be relied upon…it really can.

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Blog 96 – 3.10.17. Camino 5 – Off with her head?

On arrival in Arzua (only about 40Km left to Santiago!!), I find I am staying in the same place as Priscilla, a 60(?)-something Floridian lady born in Puerto Rico and now living in a 5 bed house, on her own….family fully fledged. Continue reading

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Blog 95 – 1.10.17. Camino 4 – Camino Family…

Family is not like friends…you don’t choose family…they are just there. Everyone says ‘Hola!’ or Buen Camino! as they pass you on the Camino…you can choose not to engage of course, but if you find you have a common language and are walking in step…it happens. The ones you keep bumping into are, I understand, your Camino family. Continue reading

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Blog 94 – 29.9.17. Camino 3 – God Save the Queen…

Among the pilgrims there’s lots of talk about the best way to prevent pain…I’m using boots that feel comfortable and are a size bigger than normal to give sweating/expansion room, plus cushioned socks. Also, apparently baby-soft feet are the thing – no hard skin. Continue reading

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Blog 93 – 28.9.17. Camino 2: No place like home….

If you’re a Brit..and you’re on the Camino Frances, (the most well-known of several Camino de Santiago pilgrim trails)…and you’re in Galicia, northern Spain (at the end bit of the nearly 800km/500 mile Camino trail), you could be forgiven for doing a double-take and wondering if you actually left home… Continue reading

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Blog 92 – 26.9.17. Buen Camino….

Okay okay. In my mind, when I booked up this walk, I was basically embarking on the equivalent of a warm trek to Everest base camp. My anxiety (about walking, and my previously injured Achilles tendon) obviously transmitted to Caroline, the lovely lady at Walk the Camino, (http://walkthecamino.com/ Continue reading

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Blog 91 – 15.9.17. I hope these boots are made for walking..’cos that’s just what they’ll do..

I blame the farming revolution..you know..the one that happened around 12,000 years ago. Up until then we were essentially nomads; people who walked. Continue reading

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Blog 90 – 4.9.17. Improving your blog: note to self….

How do these things happen? I was looking for a course on Prehistory and ended up on a blogging course…and now look what’s happened. Continue reading

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Blog 89 – 27.8.17. Infectious Gin

I’m singing. I guess this is a good sign. Not for anyone listening of course…but it means my brain is finally turning away from sadness to….singing. Continue reading

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Blog 88 – 6.8.17. On the train

I remember thinking this before…maybe it was when someone else died…I could see myself on a train…and on this train I’m chugging along and I’m looking out the window and people get on and I am with them and after a while they get off….but I’m always on the train…I don’t get off. Continue reading

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