Hello from Spain. I am here on the Camino de Santiago, walking with the goal of reaching Santiago de Compostela. To be honest, it has been a very real challenge. The climb through the Pyrenees Mountains was far tougher than I imagined. Not so much the uphill but the downhill. And blisters. And a sore knee. Now a sore leg. It’s. Never. Ending. I’ve had a real challenge with this journey. A few forced rest days and now one by choice as my body is begging for it. Each day I ask myself if I should quit. I haven’t said no yet. Very close to it but still going.
I have also had incredible kindness shown to me, far more than I expected. Yesterday I decided to list something nice each day. Each day does have its little joys. Simple things like eating my breakfast of bread and cheese in a vineyard or seeing an incredible sunrise. Having lunch on a field with sheep or enjoying a beer and conversation with other pilgrims. Encouragement from home is wonderful too.
And finally I have realized I don’t take enough breaks. I walk for 3 hours before stopping most days. Because I am so slow I keep trudging ahead. Though maybe if I took more breaks it would help. I think my body will appreciate that.
I will write much more later, mostly once I return in October. In the meantime here are some photos.
All photos owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders the World.