Some days will stay with you for the rest of your life; your 21st birthday, first day in college; your first job, but buying your own house is top of the list. That’s right..I have found (and really like) somewhere to call my own. I will even remember the music in the background at the time of hearing the news.
I didn’t particularly have high hopes with this apartment as there were quite a few other bidders and I was afraid of getting into “a bidding war” again. It’s happened before and I’ve learnt not to get my hopes up from then on. But the other bidders dropped out over time and I was glad that was the case as I was very close to my limit.
So this is where things get different. I’ve put off renting as I believe it is money down the drain no matter how much independence it gives you. So getting a mortgage approved and finding a place of my own was the right thing to do in my mind. It’s pretty close to everything; bus, train, and shops.
Everything is put on hold now until I get the keys. Plans I have for next summer are up in the air; the Spanish course I am due to start in October may be postponed. So this is what financial responsibility feels like? Ah well, it was good while it lasted.
I need to rethink my Camino plans now. I honestly didn’t expect to find a place so soon but it is great news all the same.
I think it’s time to park the Camino to one side and get on with my so called life. It has been a week since I touched down in Dublin and 8 days since I said goodbye to my Camino buds. They are pretty close to Santiago at this stage, under the 50km mark, and you don’t know what I’d do to be walking under the arch into the Praza do Obradoiro.
I have decided on next year however. The plan is to walk from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago. 30 days. 800km. I have well and truly caught the Camino bug. Next year will be my 4th year in a row being in Northern Spain. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.
But that’s next year and that’s why I am parking the bus now. I have a lot of other things to concentrate on and dreaming of a return to the Camino is not one of them.