The path stretched over the hill to the horizon. There was nothing but a trail through patchwork green.
Head down, I focused on the grit of the soil, the drips off my limbs and the splash underfoot.
The approaching storm dampened the light, dampened my damp and weary will. And all I could hear was the croak and chorus of frogs and the patter of rain and the whip of the wind in the weather battered grass, as I followed the road to Santiago.
Hours before, a bent old pilgrim and his scrawny grey donkey had walked towards me. Barely slowing, he pointed from where he’d come, towards my destination, as if his vague gesture could impart the wisdom he’d gained on the way.
With throbbing bones and blistered heels, I smiled weakly. I was in awe. I was impressed. I was a third his age and wondering if I’d look as wise if I made it there and back.
17 thoughts on “Travel Moments: Walking the Camino de Santiago”
I remember that feeling. So many people only LOOKED elderly, but their wills and strong bodies beat mine!
Thanks for your comment! Yes, it was quite humbling to be a younger pilgrim shown up by the older walkers. I certainly learned not to take my youth for granted, and not underestimate the power of will.
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Your writing is amazing. My friend is currently doing Camino de Santiago and I am getting really close to starting it as well.
All the best
Thanks Jimmy, glad you enjoyed this post.
How exciting for you! I wish I was back there walking the Camino all over again now. If you’re interested, I have a heap of other posts from the way.
Buen Camino! Nic
I would be interested in reading more about your journey on the Camino – can you direct me to the links? thanks!
Hey Emma, thanks for your comment. You can read more about my Camino experience via the links on the page via https://nicfreeman.com/?s=camino
You can contact me by email or comment if you have any specific Camino questions.
Takes me right back to when I walked last year! Love how green your photo is…we must have walked at different times as I don’t remember the fields being so vibrant…only Galicia in the forest!
Hey Anita. Happy to bring back memories. I find myself scrolling through Camino photos to remind myself often. This was just outside Santo Domingo de la Calzada. It had been raining all day and was a particularly green patch before reaching the long hot dry of the Meseta. Galicia was green for me too – I particularly remember the gum trees that reminded me of home. Nic
Beautiful. I can only imagine seeing that path. The picture is so peaceful and serene.
I hope to do this one day – your account further inspires me!
Glad to provide some inspiration Gayle. The Camino was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Nic
What a beautiful photo! The Camino is on my list too (although my list is incredibly long).
Thanks FF 🙂 The Camino remains one of my favourite life experiences. What are the top five on your travel list?
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