I can definitely relate to this. I’m sure there are some of you who feel the same way after a walk along the Camino.
The PCB is a serious, dreaded and sometimes oddly cherished pilgrim affliction with no known cure. It tends to hit people who have walked one or a combination of caminos in Spain for anything between a week and several months. The severity of the condition does not seem to increase with the time spent walking or planning, but will strike unexpectedly and unpredictably after the person has returned home and is settled in his or her ‘old life’ again. It has also been known to start on the flight home in some extreme cases, though this is rare. It often seems to be triggered by the subject trying to explain his or her experience to friends and family after the fact and finding that words will not sufficiently cover the matter.
The symptoms are many and varied, but will often include vacant staring whilst wallowing in memories of roadside poppies…
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