Day 20 – Carrión de los Condes – The difference between roads

It’s nothing you think about at first but it suddenly struck me, during the Camino there has been a lot of roads to walk. And it’s not just the distance or the environment around, I’m thinking about the road itself! Isn’t it super interesting? Eh… perhaps is this one of these kinds of “Camino things”, things that you never should consider at home but now walking, you have plenty of time to think about it.

So what’s it all about? Well, a road can be very different, some are hard, some covered with stones, some are muddy, some are very narrow and some quite wide. And then there are roads of asphalt – they are so ugly and hard to walk, but in the same time quite fast. Walking the Camino you should have a pair of boots for every kind of road or being able to change the road. But you can’t! So what can you do then? Not much!

It’s perhaps a lesson learned that many have done a long time ago – but if you can’t change the path (road) or the tools/methods (shoes) is there any idea to be upset about it or isn’t it just to walk the walk? Or is that to simple solution, just to give in? Whatever happening to you, you accept it – is that a successful strategy? But again, you can’t change the road or the shoes?

I don’t have any answers – yet! But it’s lot of opportunities along the Camino to think about these kind of things. At least in the beginning of your walk, then after three, four hours of walking you just want to finish it and get some food and Sangrias!

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Day 19 – Frómista – Half a Kilo Candy

We have brought a women with us during the Camino! She is put in my right pocket and every kilometre she clearly state her mind. Every morning my wife reminds me; have you put on the woman? Without her, we are not walking!

And yes it’s Runkeeper that i’m talking about.

Whatever time of the day she is always alert and precise. I’m not very good in all the settings, but we have configured her for distance. So for every km walked we hear her energetic voice! And it’s always welcomed – to know what you have achieved instead of knowing how much time you wasted/spend! So therefore we are always happy to hear her voice – one step closer to our goal! Perhaps there should be a life achievement app, you just put in your target and the app cheerfully announces your progress!

Today we did more or less a full working day, walking 25 km and burned about 2.000 calories. Feels like an awful lot of calories – until you start googling on calories, it’s a descent candy bag or a four chocolate cakes! Well, it will not stop me or me wife from eating candy but now we really know how much walking we have to do if we don’t want to gain some weight!

Doing some calculations on the total Camino, it should be about 87 liter of red wine in calories. And the good news is that we found such a bottle back in Rioja – an all you need bottle for the whole Camino!

However here in Frómista it’s easy to loose weight since it’s almost impossible to buy something! And that’s because the shops are so full with goods, like this one. Lucky for us, water and drinks was outside so that we could buy! But being quite hungry we where tempted to buy some more, and I did see Candy, cheese, ham and a lot of other goodies, but again the shop was so full of things so you could not get in!

What’s lessons learned from that? Could it be so that we fill our lives with so much stuff that we can’t actually live our lives of all the stuff? Less stuff – better chance to live the life? Scary thoughts, isn’t life about the things you have around you? More things – better life?

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Day 18 – Castrojeriz – Like Clouds in the Sky

Today, walking in the sunrise, I saw the clouds and got some flashbacks from previous visits from art museums. If you have visited one you probably know what I’m talking about. The first hour you pay attention but then going through room after room with beautiful Dutch and Flemish paintings it all melts together. Today I remember all the clouds and realised how beautiful they are, but also how insufficiencient(?) a photo is in catching their richness. Well, it’s not so easy to bring your own 17th century painter with you along the Camino, so it has to be “Apple van der Iphone”.

And like the clouds in the sky we, the pilgrims of different kinds, fly scattered along the Camino. A few days ago we again meet the sweet ladies from our first days in Orisson by random and luck, and it was so nice, just to have a short greeting, catching up on good and bad things happening us since last. Yesterday at the hostel and the common dinner, we got the opportunity to share the “war stories of the Camino”. There is surprisingly a lot to talk about and absolutely about other pilgrims seen or met. Like the one with the very small charming dog, the one with the donkey, but also listen to some that had been out for several months (years?) or doing the Camino for fourth or fifth time. And there is only kind and inspiring words, the Camino is no competition and we all share the same physical challenges and curiosity how to manage these challenges in the best way. And like the clouds in the sky we then disappear to appear some other place some other time.

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Day 17 – Hornillos del Camino – Supported by App!

The Camino trail is very well marked, it’s just to follow the yellow arrows, shell or another sign like this one, provided by some kind people on their garage

BUT, sometimes it can be a bit tricky and a bit hard to know; is it left or right turn? Add some heavy vegetation or early morning when it’s completely dark – then it can be hard to find the trail. And you get lost. Then it’s so relaxing to have an app helping you out. We got a very good recommendation from one of our daughters friends, Linnea, about an app called Frances. And it has saved us so much argumentation and discussion, when we hesitate it’s just to look at it.

In Burgos we got a bit off the track, making a bad choice – but no worries, thanks to the app we where back on track! So at least once or twice a day we are so very happy about Linnea and here advice about the app.

Getting out from a big city is an interesting experience, you can see the different areas, from the core of the city, then suburbs and finally the country side. The core is often quite crowded with people not yet finished their party and then away from the core you find universities, parks and statues.

Currently we are really on the country side. The town has a church too see and it’s of course closed, then a bar where we had a lunch and then a few small hostels that’s it. And, it’s so nice and fine just being able to relax and wait for the feet to stop hurting!

Not much to see? Well, it’s perhaps depending of the time of the day. In the afternoon when temperature is a bit better, and you got some nice paella and some glasses of wine – you see the beauty of the town;

Look at these amazing tree beams, they seems to have been there for hundreds of years!! They will never fell down, or? My wife was of course a bit sceptical of standing there, but if cars are left below them, then they must be safe?!

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Day 16 – Burgos – Happy day of resting!

We have been so lucky with the weather and the activities in Burgos. There is some kind of event going on so the whole town is a big party – and it’s only Monday!

Me and my wife are very fond of Spanish food, therefore if we have the opportunity to buy it ourselves, we do it! And so we did from a very friendly shop and shop assistant (?). It also reminds us of the days when we had to live on a very strict budget. But again, today we love to be able to select the food, taste the cheese and pick the one you like.

I like the information about the wine, “designed for every day drinking”. The Swedish authorities should collectively die by anger if that was sold in Sweden. In Sweden you should at most drink once a month and doing so you should really feel ashamed of yourself! So reading this I absolutely had to buy it – and from what we learned in Logroño, it’s not a bad wine at all.

Well, from two until six or seven a clock everything is closed for siesta, and after eating lot of good food and drinking the wine, I’m absolutely in siesta mode too!!

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