26 days to go…

26 days until Camino numero siete. I can’t wait…no, literally! This feeling doesn’t get old.

And naturally enough, I want to bring you along with me…well, not carry you, but you know what I mean! I hope to write about my 2 weeks away and I hope it will be useful to most of you. But I won’t be doing that while in Spain. No, I plan to start writing when I touch back home in Dublin. The blog will be barren for a number of weeks from the start of September, but I hope you understand. The goal is to journal (write with a pen!!) while abroad and use those thoughts as part of my posts. So I don’t want to keep you out of the loop! No, quite the opposite!!

I will be posting quite a few photos of interest while on the Camino on Instagram (@clearskiescamino) and the occasional post on my Facebook group page. So if you want to follow me while I walk and you use either Instagram or Facebook, add me on either. Or even both if you wish :). If not, I hope you don’t mind sticking around until the 16th of September when I start to process my thoughts.

I’ll write more until I go on the 4th. Until then, Buen Camino!

Weekend Watch #32 – Beyond the Way Episode 6

It’s just about time for another Weekend Watch; this time being the latest episode from Beyond the Way created by Andrew Suzuki. In the video, Andrew arrives at Santo Domingo de la Calzada and meets an group taking part in an ancient Mexican dance. We are reminded to become more connected to the world around us while on the Camino, rather than do as the title of video suggests “Walk, Eat, Sleep, Repeat”.

More details about his videos can be found at www.beyondtheway.net

2015…what’s to come?

I still find it hard to believe that I will be returning to Spain for the 5th time next year. I keep getting asked that there must be other things I could do or places I could visit, but as long as I enjoy walking, I’ll keep making plans to return. I love the Spanish people, the culture, their way of life and also meeting people from different corners of the world. I hope to start in Belorado in the first week of May. From there, I will walk from 11 days. I would hope to reach Ponferrada within that time. I then hope to catch a bus to Santiago de Compostela, stay a night and fly home to Dublin. It all looks well and good on paper, you know?, but I have found Astorga to Ponferrada to be the most challenging section. I picked up some bad blisters there in 2012. However, I think I stand to gain from walking the full Camino before.

I don’t have flights booked as of yet but hope to do so over the Christmas period. I have kept in touch with my friend Garry in Santiago (check out his site www.spanishadventures.com) and I may meet him and his family, provided he is not walking with a group. I won’t blog during this Camino but I will continue to post pictures to my instagram and facebook accounts while I am there.

And just to finish off this post, why not “like” my facebook page here?

Buen Camino!