While learning about the Camino de Santiago in 2008 it became clear that Santiago de Compostela, Spain was considered the primary “destination” of the Camino experience. As metaphysical as it may sound, the destination for me is wherever I meet myself. The Camino has a way of showing me what I had just spent my everyday life ignoring with success. The Camino is my opportunity to get quiet, get as real as I ever will, and look deep into what is not working for me. At the same time celebrate who I am, warts and all. This is only a personal assessment of Camino Walks.
A Note From Nancy: Our 2022 Camino Walk has “ended” but the experience will go on and be processed for a long time. This is the last posting of this specific blog.
I will post a daily photo or photos on Instagram until we arrive home later this month. Instagram: jaminmama
Yesterday was a half day of self care for me. Today is a full day of self care for me. As soon as I arrived at my destination I asked about getting a massage. Within two hours I was getting a massage in my room! The masseuse had great online reviews and they were not lying! Vern, Lisa and Rhonda will walk to Lavacolla.
Mary Anne from Greenville, South Carolina started with a group of five in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France. They started the same day as us, April 23rd.
On April 4th my Doctor gave me a cortisone shot for Tendonitis. He said it would give me pain relief for approximately two months. It stopped working 2 days ago.
The less relief, the more pain. Today my mileage is different from Vern’s because I stopped at a Bar and asked if they could call a Taxi. A Taxi was there within five minutes and I was on my way to Arzúa. I went to the Farmacia and bought a cream for Tendonitis and an oral medication. When I went to my room I fell asleep.
The Cultural/Rest Time in Lugo is just what we all needed! We are refreshed and ready to go! Thank you to our followers for your support, encouragement and interest in our journey!
For many of us Pilgrims the trekking poles literally allow us to walk to our destination. Many others do very well without them. For me, the poles have made all the difference. The poles help keep my balance going down steep rock filled trails. Going up hill I can position my poles to help pull me up little by little. I have heard that the movement of the arms in relation to the movement of the legs helps keep inflammation at a minimum.
Vern and I have been watching for stork nests since we started walking on April 23rd. Lisa saw one the other day. Today we saw one. From our first Camino in 2009 Vern and I have loved seeing the nests! Now that we are walking in Galicia I am sure we will see more of them.
Compared to more recent walks today’s was enjoyable, beautiful and a walk with moderate ups and downs.
Today we planned the walk to Baamonde and then made our way to Lugo for a much needed rest day with the help of local transport.
A granary is a storehouse or room in a barn for threshedgrain or animal feed. Ancient or primitive granaries are most often made of pottery. Granaries are often built above the ground to keep the stored food away from mice and other animals and from floods.
A man was just about to lock the door at 8 pm and was happy to let us in and show us the church. Tomorrow the church will be closed because he wants to go fishing.
For me, a Buff is one of the most important pieces of clothing I can have on the Camino. In the heat I can soak it or pour water on it. Then I can put it around my neck, on my head or in my hat. In the cold weather I use it around my neck and can pull it up just below my eyes for added warmth. Here is a quick demonstration of how to use a Buff: https://youtu.be/IgQ62HkPs7Q (I am a happy customer, not a salesperson😀)