There should be a Health warning attached…

So I’ve been home nearly 3 weeks and I’ve just about returned to normality..whatever that is!

This year’s time in Spain has been different in many ways. I walked for a longer time, the people I met were different, and I met more people. When I arrived home last year, I took a few days off work to get rid of a flu and went back to work like the previous 10 days or so didn’t happen. This time around, even though I was away for two weeks, it became routine for me to check my email, Facebook and various forums to read about peoples’ times on the Camino. I also ventured to this WordPress blog to read how some of my fellow followers were getting on. And when I finished the above…….

……….I checked my email, Facebook, forums, blogs etc etc,…you get the gist! So, it became difficult to concentrate on the things that I should normally be concentrating on. Work played 2nd fiddle. I had developed a new obsession, a new way of looking at things, whether it is healthy or not is another story. Spain is all I talked about and all my friends and family got to hear of.

And apparently this is normal!!

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Yep…I met people and walked with them for 8 or 9 days…20-30km a day. We ate, drank and sang together..not forgetting, walking too. There are things we talked about that I would find hard discussing at home, even with family members. I mean..there was a great respect for everyone there and it was very easy to be comfortable with who you meet. I barely knew some people’s names; language barriers weren’t a problem and what my new found friends did in their “normal” lives meant nothing to me.

So when I arrived back in Ireland, it was only natural to want to get up early, put on a pack and walk 20km on a dusty senda. Instead, it was a case of getting a train to work and speaking to people who have no idea what the Camino is and what it can do to you. It is frustrating at times.

It really a life changing experience. There is no question of that. Like it or hate it, you will change in some shape or form. The other people I walked with feel exactly the same. There should really be a health warning on this damn thing!

So to those who know me, please understand…I’ve been hit by a bug and it will be hard to shake off.

4 comments

  1. Do you have a guide on how to join a Camino? (Steps to take, etc)?
    I am interested in doing a Camino but I have no idea how everything works!

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    1. Hi there
      It is very straight forward really, you don’t need to join…just walk when you get there. πŸ™‚
      Once you have decided you want to walk, you need to decide how where you want to start. The full camino or part?
      You can walk as much as you want, and there will never be alone. You will meet people from all over the world.
      There are over 10 different Caminos you can walk but the most popular is the Camino Fraces, over 750km long.
      There are lots of resources online to find information about it.
      Here are a few sites I would recommend
      http://www.santiago-compostela.net/
      A great forum: http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/
      And there are some great videos online. Watch these videos on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5auUgl1OV7g&list=PLuuPF2Xp6wd8yvJdTRHDqhBg-eAhxxuUa

      Please ask me if you have any other questions!

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