It's been 4 months since I came back from the Camino de Santiago. As happens to anyone who goes on a holiday of any kind, the relaxation you felt and the clarity you found whilst away can quickly recede into the background when faced with an unreasonable boss, irritating neighbour, coughs and colds and the … Continue reading Goal Setting! Update.
It's the Sunday evening before my working week begins and the last official day of my ‘holiday’. Reading back through my post of last Sunday it's clear my decisions and comments were emanating directly out of my blisters. Had I waited in Santiago another day, taken a rest day which was overdue after 10 solid … Continue reading Santiago>Finisterre>London – Don’t let your blisters make decisions!
I had a feeling immediately entering Santiago that this time the Camino Frances and I are finally over. At no point during the walking, at Monte de Gozo and despite the blisters and shin splints, did it occur to me not to walk to Finisterre but upon seeing the spires of the Cathedral my mind … Continue reading Camino Frances – that’ll do – O Pedrouzo to Santiago
O O O it's magic - in O Pedrouzo. Very nearly decided to head on down the track to Santiago today. The weather is muchly improved and with only 19kms done it feels very lazy indeed to be shutting up shop and into the albergue for midday. O Pedrouza looked like a dump from the … Continue reading Near wild heaven – Ribadosa to O Pedrouzo
#We’re off to see the wizard the wonderful wizard of Oz# Playing Dorothy, the tin man, the cowardly lion and the scatterbrain scarecrow - for one lifetime only - it's me (and you too!) The Camino has a handy way of highlighting every weakness you always hoped nobody would ever be able to see. I've … Continue reading A wiz of a wiz – Palas de Rei – Arzua
There's a reason why, upon encountering any problem, my family members say ‘just have a beer’. Originally I thought it might be a nihilistic philosophy but it's actually something more than that and terribly good advice! All my best thinking is done with a glass of wine or a pint of beer and it was … Continue reading Guybrush Threepwood – Mercadoiro to Palas de Rei
‘Did you know tomorrow, at 7.30, there is a bus to Sarria’ was the only thing my Italian bunk-mate in Fonfria said to me yesterday. Ohhh ‘la di daaaa’ was my first thought, what a strange comment for him to make. Then we went for our communal dinner and the cogs started to whur. ‘You … Continue reading Que Suerte! – Fonfria to Mercadoiro
Up extra early this morning to tackle the monster mountain O Cebreiro. There was little need for the pre-dawn start - temperatures never rose above 13 degrees all day and half way up the mountain the rain started and didn't let up until 15 minutes after I called it quits at Fonfria. The small village … Continue reading ‘Light Showers’ – Portela de Valcarce to Fonfria
Remember that happy floaty post from yesterday? Forget it! Awoke this morning at around 5.30 and hurriedly got myself together and rushed down to check out of the cheap hotel I was staying at in Ponferrada. The receptionist checked me out and ran around to let me out of the locked doors. Upon stepping out … Continue reading Gahhhh – Ponferrada to Portela de Valcarce
From Just Do It to Just Do Right! The Camino's got dis babe! (Copy and paste this link to understand what I'm on about - https://youtu.be/bxrV2J_OjGo - sorry - can't figure out how to hyperlink from phone) No visits from any deceased Foncebadon residents in the night and so I awoke bright eyed and bushy … Continue reading Just do right – Foncebadon to Ponferrada