All my senses are on overload on the Camino. I don’t want to miss anything! The scenery, the sounds, the people, the food, the wine. Amazing all.
But this is an ordeal. Forty days and forty nights! I’m halfway there and already I’m having trouble remembering things I don’t want to forget!
So at the halfway point here is a list remembering my favorite things;
Day one as we climbed from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Orisson the sview was breathtaking and I knew we were in for a real treat.
By the next day, soaking wet and exhausted reaching the summit and finding hot coffee there. Heaven in a cup.
A very difficult descent one day outside of Pamplona as we came down off the Alto Del Perdon. One of the hardest things I’ve ever walked. Exhausting but I did it!
Being serenaded at 6:30am in Puenta La Reina is possibly my most favorite moment so far. A beautiful way to begin our day. We felt so blessed.
Walking on the 2000 year old remains of a Roman road and Roman bridge just outside of Cirauqui made me feel very insignificant in the whole scheme of things.
The section of the Camino that wandered through the vineyards for days, so beautiful and peaceful and historic as we went from ancient village to ancient village.
Spanish omelette. Also known as Tortilla Potata. I am in love with this National Food of Spain and could (and do) eat it everyday. I must learn how to make this.
The Meseta. Geologically my favorite area so far. Here the villages are in the valleys but the Camino rises and falls from the valley to the plateau and it is gorgeous. Often providing a Vista of the trail as far as the eye can see.
Salad Mixta – my answer to daily veg. I’ve learned to order the Mixta that does not come with the Pilgrim dinner because then it arrives chock full of so many delicious things like beets and asparagus and egg and olives.
The Cathedral in Burgos in a word, stunning. I’ve seen a lot of cathedrals in my travels and this one could possibly be the finest. Just awesome and inspiring. I highly recommend a visit if you are in Spain.
I loved how the Camino unexpectedly passed right through the arches of the ruins of the 12th century hospital of the Monastery of San Anton. Meandering down the tree-lined street then coming around a bend it was such a beautiful sight to see.
There are other things too – moments both poignant and humorous. Drinking wine from a fountain at 9am on the path. Stepping aside to let a giant draft horse saunter by. Walking before dawn and watching the sun rise behind you. Getting lost and retracing our footsteps to get back on track. Talking to people from all over the globe and learning their story. Walking in silence next to my husband as the fog lays still in the fields and the birds wake up with a song.
Halfway to Santiago. A walk of a lifetime.
257 miles walked. 232 to go!