Lessons taught by the Camino

We have finished week two of the Camino Francés. It turns out that all of the days start to blur together in a mix of early morning sunrises and sunny afternoons. Recently we’ve been able to walk about 8 kilometers (2 hours) before making our first breakfast stop. Then another two hours and we get to make sandwiches. Finally the last two hours and we make it to the albergue! Only to start over again the next day!  

Sunrise while passing through Frómista, Palencia, Castilla y León, España
 
In the evenings, I have toured beautiful cathedrals, enjoyed the company of friends from around the world, soaked my feet and stretched out my sore muscles. 

 

Iglesia Santa María la Blanca, Villalcázar de Sirga, Palencia, España
 
Some quick things we’ve learned. 
We’ve learned that arriving to a city doesn’t mean you’ve arrived, you must make it to the albergue municipal and put your backpack in the backpack line. 

 

Albergue Municipal, Logroño, La Rioja, España
 
We’ve learned that arriving to your bunk in the albergue doesn’t mean it’s time to rest, you must shower and then wash clothes and hang them to dry. 

 

However, there’s always time for games and fun!
 
We’ve learned that a day of walking less than 25 kilometers is a treat, if you’ll allow yourself a day that short! 

 

I needed the morale boost! Burgos, Castilla y León, España
 
We’ve learned that with a group of friends you can make lunch, dinner, breakfast and morning snack for about €5 each.  

  
We’ve learned that everyone needs to charge everything and were grateful to have brought a power strip. 

  
We’ve learned that even when you think there are no more places to get blisters, there are. Trust me, there’s always a new spot, and blisters on blisters on blisters!

  
Finally, we’ve learned that everyone has a story and something meaningful to say and that walking long stretches across a country really gives you a lot of time to listen! 

 

We made it to the top! Castilla y León, España
  
About to start another early morning, Burgos, Castilla y León, España
 Buen Camino to all!

Kate

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