BURGOS

Burgos, 6 September 2021 How does one describe a good day? I think it’s easy to describe it from the inside out. I successfully taped my foot and it feels better. I had a lovely breakfast of cafe con leche and a pastry made with a flakey crust and dark chocolate on the bottom. IContinue reading “BURGOS”

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Santo Domingo de la Calzada 3 September 2021 Yesterday I walked in to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Two years ago when I arrived I was limping with a bad blister on my right foot. I couldn’t believe that I had a blister as I’d been walking for almost 10 days and I thought IContinue reading “BE KIND TO YOURSELF”

ALONE WITH MY THOUGHTS IN BILBAO

What do you think about when you are alone with your thoughts? Do you try to distract yourself with your electronics or do you engage with the musings that seep into your consciousness? For two days I’ve been in Bilbao away from the Camino and all the pilgrims I have met along the way. It’sContinue reading “ALONE WITH MY THOUGHTS IN BILBAO”

DAY 9

I am beginning to see the walking, or maybe hobbling, wounded. Knee and ankle braces are appearing. Road rash is peeking out from beneath bandages. One woman has her wrist and one finger bandaged up. She took a bad fall back in Roncevalles, but she’s still moving. This morning we saw a man with hisContinue reading “DAY 9”

CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL

I have been preparing for the Camino for almost a year now. I have been working out, researching what to take on the Camino, packing, unpacking & repacking my pack, reading memoirs & guidebooks for the Camino, shopping & bothering sales clerks at REI, and I know there are still dozens of things I needContinue reading “CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL”

FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOMAN

That’s the line that Shakespeare’s Hamlet says in response to his mother’s quick remarriage after his father’s death. Hamlet, and I suppose Shakespeare are talking about an emotional frailty not her physical stamina. But that line has been dogging (no pun intended and you’ll soon see why I say that) for the last week. LastContinue reading “FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOMAN”

HEALTH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CAMINO ARE KILLING ME

What if my husband and I get separated on the Camino and I get hurt and I’m unconscious??? Should I have some kind of ID to alert caregivers to any medical conditions I may have, medications I am taking, and emergency numbers? Oh crap! Emergency numbers…if it’s the middle of the night my oldest willContinue reading “HEALTH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CAMINO ARE KILLING ME”