I write to you in the Municipal Albergue in Astorga. I have walked for ten days and while this is not even a third of the full French Way, I have completed the time allotted to me this year. I started in Burgos what feels like months ago and after close to 240kms, I strolled into Astorga this morning.
This has been very much a solitary Camino. I have made friends but none will remain friends once I leave. This contrasts to previous Caminos when I made life-long friends. I have learned alot in these ten days. I have learned to accept more and some important questions have been answered. Time passes so quickly and the important things are not how your day in work is and bills but what is in your pack and what condition your feet are in.
I wish I had more time, I wish my feet didn’t hurt and I wish life could be this simple. But no, i must travel to Santiago to fly to Dublin. One day I will have time to walk for 5-6 weeks but it won’t be for some time. I return home on Saturday with a heavy heart and with sore feet knowing that my Camino continues at home and it won’t be long before I return to this great country.
I will write in more detail when i return home. In the meantime, Buen Camino to one and all.
I recently talked to Dan Mullins, an Australian producer and musician, about my experiences on the Camino and it has been uploaded for all to listen to. I had a blast talking to Dan as he has walked the Camino and is walking again in September. We touched on kit, blisters, the history of Irish pilgrimage and on giving back to the Camino through local Camino societies.
If you have some time, give our chat a listen. By the way, Dan has interviewed a whole host of folks from all over the world equally as enthusiastic about the Camino. Go and listen to some of these podcasts as you are guaranteed to enjoy them. Dan is walking from Lourdes to Santiago in September and I hope to meet him while I walk the meseta. Fingers crossed.
Hi folks. If you have a Facebook account, why not “like” my page. I like to update it regularly with articles, videos, and links that relate to the Camino. It may be an idea to like it, if you do not have a WordPress account and want to keep up to date with the site.
Just a quick post to let you know that I have slightly changed the domain name of my blog. From now on, it will go by the name of www.clearskiescamino.com. Nothing else has changed so you will have no difficulties with any of the links in the Links page. This is the first of a series of changes that you’ll see over the course of the next few months and I hope you like them. My next post will be all about getting to the Camino de Santiago and should be published tomorrow.
Finally, if you haven’t voted for my blog in the Irish Blog Awards, you can do so here here. (Still named “David Smith – Lost for Words” however).