Not long now..
Not long before I throw on my backpack and travel back to Spain. May 28th to be precise. You should see my phone..it has a countdown on it showing how many days I have left. But at the same time, I am also dreading the return flight home. I so wish this was a longer trip but it is what it is.
I fly off on the 28th of May and start off on the morning of the 29th. I have a spot booked in Esprit de Chemin which is an albergue in St Jean Pied de Port and over the course of 11 days, I will make my way westwards. I hope to reach Belorado, which is about 240km from St Jean and 40km east of Burgos. I have in fact given myself an extra day but that is just the way my return flight worked out. Hey! If I am healthy enough I may make it to Burgos! I have a hotel booked in Bilbao when I finish up and fly back to Dublin the next day, on the 1oth of June.
Last year was great fun, and I returned home with very few aches and pains (no blisters! yay!). I met some amazing people and I still keep in contact with them today. People from all over the world. If I meet more people like them, I will be honoured. However, like 2012, I tended to stick to the same 8-10 people and “could” have got to know more people. I don’t know but I just felt safe with the people I met and if I lost them, I would be back to square one. So I tended to stick with them during the course of the 12 or so days. I would certainly hope to be my own person this time, and if I lose some people, so be it.
Apart from booking Esprit de Chemin and my hotel in Bilbao, I have no plans to book ahead. It was heart-breaking last year to have walked 30km in the sun, only to find the next town’s private albergues to be booked. But these are the things can come with the modern age Camino. I “hope” to stay in Municipal or Donotivo albergues. I live in relative comfort at home so a few days without it is fine by me. Trust me if I was able to carry a tent, I would sleep under the stars. We are all meant to be pilgrims but there are some people who have forgotten what the word means! Ahem..ok..I digress!
I am also bringing along my trusting iPhone 4 for blogging and taking photos. This is the phone that was badly damaged in a rain deluge and was put beyond use. I had it repaired and now use it as a back up. One day I will leave the phone at home but one piece of tech is fine in my books. Besides, some of the views in the Pyrenees need to be captured. I also have my instagram account to upload photos as I go along.
The highlight of my Camino last year was witnessing the Corpus Christi procession in Carrion de los Condes. Amazing. That was on June 6th and I have my fingers crossed that I will see the same this year.
And finally…También me gustaría hablar español cuando y donde puedo. Es España, después de todo!!
I will most certainly write before I go, but if I don’t “Buen Camino a todos”!!