For the last few days Iâ€™ve been trying to process my feelings about completing the Camino de Santiago Adventure. Itâ€™s a big task. Not sure I can do it in just a few days. In fact not sure I can do it at all.
Our Camino journey is just one incredible adventure on our Grand Adventure world tour. We are so lucky to be leading this life and sometimes, like now, itâ€™s good to stop and really absorb our own reality.
(Note – many people are asking where we go next. Check the end of this blog for upcoming adventure details)
What have we learned? Â I think we learned some valuable things, but we also reconfirmedÂ things we already knew. For instance –
We learned how amazing the human body is. Even in our Fabulous Fifties our bodies did not fail us. It was about day 12 when one morning I got up to get ready to go and my body acknowledged it. I think that morning my body said â€śOh – I get it. You intend to do this long walk EVERY day. Okay now I understand. I can do that. Letâ€™s go.â€ť
We reconfirmed our mental need to have a day off or a do nothing day from time to time. These days I believe make living a full-time travelÂ life possible. Otherwise the mental fatigue of the Grand Adventure really takes a toll. Â After awhile in this travel life you don’t feel the need to see and do every monument and tourism hotspot. Just enjoying putting your feet up and relaxing becomes a cherished and fabulous day.
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We learned what an amazing and wide range of people it is who tackle a Camino walk. We met some fascinating people from all over the world, many who will live in our memories forever. I canâ€™t think of any other experience we have ever had where it included so many people from so many cultures speaking so many languages but all sharing the same goal. That was a wonderful and inspiring lesson- one our world leaders should learn. Â We are all in this together.
And yet we reconfirmed how much we enjoy each otherâ€™s company and most of our time was spent just us on the trail doing what we do best – being together. After almost 35 years of marriage we got that down.
While news of natural disasters unfolded in our online news services we were blessed with great weather, spectacular scenery, countless sunrises and sunsets and vast and varietal geography reminding us what a remarkable planet this is and how we need to nourish and care for it. And we need to do it now.
While I spent time taking and editing photos or writing and editing blogs – Arne spent time tracking and calculating data. And boy did he collect a lot of data to share;
224 walking hours (37 walking days andÂ four rest days)
2 days of rain 39 dry days
55 Euro per day lodging and 45 euro per day food
47,400 Feet elevation gain overall
LongestÂ day 19.5 miles. Shortest day 5 miles. Â Average miles per day 13.2. Average elevation per day 1280 Feet.
Cheapest lodging g $24 Euro. Most expensive $100 euro.
Not everyone can or wants to do a walking adventure like the Camino. Â But if you have considered it I have this piece of advice – do it sooner rather than later. Â Do it your way and donâ€™t let others tell you whatâ€™s best. But most of all – do it. Â Donâ€™t spend your life thinking about it and regret later that you didnâ€™t get to it.
We will continue to process within ourselves this experience and what this milestone means. But in the meantime, our Grand Adventure goes on. Â We have planes to catch and new adventures ahead.
We fly to Barcelona for a week before saying goodbye to Europe as our Schengen days have run out. Â We have been in Spain almost two months- the longest we have spent in any country since leaving the USA.
(Note – other than Reading Wednesday Iâ€™m going to take a week off from blogging while in Barcelona. Â Watch for a blog from Tunisia next)
So where to next? Here is the plan;
One week in Tunisia to visit our friend Leslie and then a month in Morocco where we will be joined by our friends Steve and Sarah. Morocco has long been on my list and I canâ€™t wait!
On our 35th wedding Anniversary on November 27th we arrive for Â a 12 day Adventure tourÂ in Namibia before heading to South Africa for Christmas.
On New Years Eve we fly to Sri Lanka for three weeks, then a quick five days in India and a week in Bangladesh visiting ourÂ friend Natalie before flying to the Maldives for almost a month. Â We plan to relax and do nothing here.
Next itâ€™s a week in Guam (by way of Singapore) visiting our niece Bekah and her husband Davy. Â Then three weeks in Australia and then three weeks in Bali and Lombok where we will be joined by our friends John and Carole.
This brings us to the end of April at which time we plan to take a 26 day re-positioning cruise back to the USA for a two-month visit before heading off again. We look forward to seeing friends and family then.
So there you have it. Â Lots of great adventures and blogs on the horizon! As usual, thank you for your continued interest and support. Â We are humbled and blessed and grateful each and everyday.
Itâ€™s truly a FABULOUS life. Buen Camino