Travel Moments: Walking the Camino de Santiago

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.

Walking the Camino de Santiago near Santo Domingo Calazada in Spain

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17 thoughts on “Travel Moments: Walking the Camino de Santiago

    1. 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.

    1. 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

  1. 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!

    1. 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

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