IS IT just me or do camino anniversaries give you itchy feet and wanderlust.
It is a year today since I set off on my third Camino outing. How did that happen. Where are the brakes.
I’m remembering all the amazing people I met and the experiences along the way.
Among the standout memories are the two fantastic women I walked with – both strong independent women who had been through plenty of pain in their time. They enriched my walk and my memory bank.
I also met an amazing and inspirational man, Pietro Scidurlo, who though confined to a wheelchair was determined to open the camino up to all.
We had dinner with him and his team one night and he told me his story. I wrote a piece on him on this blog – One man’s ….. and you can find out more about his quest on his Facebook page.
Another social media friend was made along the way when my path crossed with a young girl at the start of her camino who was encountering difficulties which she overcame to complete her walk.
Isn’t that typical of pilgrims and the camino. It’s a microcosm of life and as my dad always tells me problems are “all part of life’s rich tapestry”.
I remember too one particular day I struggled and had to stop and rest in my hammock. It was hot but I couldn’t understand why I was finding it so hard. I later found out it has been 104C. Mmm.
I think it was a bad idea to walk in July. My other walks were in September and June which for me was much easier.
It’s nearly five years since I set foot on the camino for the first time and it really did open up a whole new world for me.
I enjoy reliving my experiences through other people’s blogs, videos and photos.
Thanks to all those who have made my walks the better for their company and who have given me so many great memories.