It’s the weekend again and it is that time of the week to post another clip from YouTube. Two guys start out in Logrono and finish in Santiago. I like the music too. Give it a watch if you have some time.
One of my favourite sections on the Camino Frances is the walk between Astorga to Rabanal del Camino. The Leon hills are covered in green, and bruised with purple and yellow heather. It is almost dream-like. I can’t wait to go back and take in those sights again.
The weekend is here again and with that, here is another Weekend Watch. Andrew Suzuki has posted another video from his Beyond the Way series on Facebook. This episode is titled “In the Name of the Father” and deals with the sensitive topic of death. I have to say it is pretty moving and it is not something I like to discuss. More of Andrew’s videos can be found on his facebook page.
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 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!!
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.
Hello, my name is David. I am a peregrino living in Dublin, Ireland. I have visited Spain and Portugal and walked its many roads to Santiago since 2011. On this site, you will find my stories, photos, and observations from my Caminos and my planning for future Caminos. Feel free to get in touch with me here
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