Lessons I learned from my body - Part 1 The Backstory

I was sitting at a table for one outside of a restaurant along the pier in Fisterra. It was a beautiful, mild midsummer evening. The town was bustling at peak Camino and tourist season so it was perfect for people-watching. I had finished walking the Camino Francés from Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, and had made my way to Fisterra through Muxia by way of the Camino on foot. I had reached another turning point in my Camino where everyone I had met along the way had already gone home. So, it was very unexpected to see a woman in normal clothes walking towards me at a brisk pace with her hands waving in the air. She came up to me with her friend by her side and said, “Oh my goodness, you’re the girl with the knee! I had wondered if you were able to finish.” I am terrible with names, but better with faces. For the life of me, I could not understand why I could not place her. Her friend who was with her also did not look familiar. We chatted for a bit before she had to go and catch her b

What's in my Camino pack? (UPDATED 2023)

UPDATED March 2023 It was about eight years ago when I was scrolling through the endless titles on Netflix and came upon an obscure movie called, “The Way.” I had no idea what the Camino de Santiago was and I thought that it sounded crazy that people would go out and just walk across a country for over a month. The journey seemed intriguing though and I thought that I could see myself doing that someday. However, I also wondered how anyone could get more than four weeks off from work. The idea quickly faded and the entire Camino got pushed into the nether regions of my brain where it was almost forgotten. Fast forward to 2019 and I found myself completely free, but also without a job. What better way to start a new chapter in life than to walk across a perfectly good trail. I wanted to have as much of an “untainted” Camino as I could. I made an effort to not go through any guidebooks and only look up really important information like what gear I needed and how to get there. I wanted to