It’s me again, I am about 50 km from Santiago now. Feet are much better, I look after them good now. I am enjoying the walking very much. The weather has been quite nice lately. It is only about 16°C but it doesn’t matter, one heats up from the walking and the sun being out is the main thing, I feel.
Among the people I have met since my last post is a Canadian family of two sisters, their father and the one sisters little son, seven years old. He was such a trooper, they would walk about 20 km each day and he never complained. Every time they had a break or when they finished walking for the day he would run around pretending to be a car or a plane. So much energy! Yesterday I was walking with an Australian lady, perhaps 60 or so. We had a good talk and the 16 km flew by. She had lost her son three years ago in a car accident. Now she walked the Camino trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. Like me.
So a day in the life of a pilgrim here on the Camino starts around six or seven in the morning when the early risers starts rattling with their plastic bags, getting their stuff together. At many of the shelters they want you gone by eight, so that’s when I leave. Then you walk till sometime in the afternoon, get a bed at a shelter and perhaps rest for a bit. Then it is time for showering and washing the clothes you’ve been walking in so they are ready for the next days afternoon. Usually by then, for me, I write a few notes in my journal and then it is time to think about dinner. Most places one can have a menu of the day or a pilgrims menu, I have had that many times. However, in some shelters there are kitchens so some cook. A couple of times I have gotten a frozen lasagne or something and heated it in the microwaveoven. Around eight I start getting ready for bed and it happens that all the pilgrims in the dormitory are in bed by nine. Tired from the days walking, knowing an early start awaits. That’s pretty much it. Some arrive early in the day and have time to check out the town or village, though often there is nothing to check out. I’ve got enough on my plate taking care of my feet and trying to take it all in.
I've taken some pictures here and there along the route but can’t get them out of my camera before I am home, then I will post some so you can see how beautyful it is here.