Camino Reflections Half way through
My Camino reflections, a week ago the sun was shining and we were on our way to Sarria. And then the rain started. The last week has been the hardest. Our rain gear was not up to the task, the way became crowded and we are tired and broken down.
Well, it not as bad as that, but the rain did take its toll. Most of the last few days have been a spent looking down to make sure we have good footing and not stepping in cow piles.
Oh, have I mentioned that this area of the Camino has a lot of cows. We have had a few encounters with cows being herded down the streets and paths. Usually, it’s humorous and we take lots of pictures. But the big piles can make walking slippery. And stinky. Add a few days of rain and, well you can imagine.
As mentioned before it is getting a lot busier. There are people who are just doing the 100k, there are those who are only doing a week at the beginning and are jumping to the end and then finally there are those who do just a few weeks every year and are at this part and just need this to finish. Where once we spent a good part of the day alone we now find there are only a few moments here and there where someone isn’t in from or behind us. Not that it’s bad to have them there but you notice and it can interrupt your thinking time when someone steps around you.
It also makes for very busy Albergue’s if you come in late and you can’t always get your choice and have to wander around with a heavy pack. At this point, lots of people are talking the night before about where they booked and what they found to be full. Thankfully the municipal’s don’t take reservations but ours last night was full by 3 or 4 pm. Those who want to power through the last km’s have to find and pay for more expensive hotel rooms.
Once we entered Galicia, I noticed that hot and cold taps in public places disappeared. Everywhere you go there is a single button to turn on the water and its timing and the temperature is decided by some plumber once upon a time ago. We did have taps in our hotel a few nights ago and I’m sure I run the place out of hot water just savoring the feeling. In this last night, in our “private” Albergue they had a really nice private shower stall (haven’t seen one of those for the past few nights), a nice overhead rain style shower head and a crummy push button activator. The water was warm but it only lasted a 5 count and holding it didn’t work (like it did for my friend). Not bitching, just observing. 😉
Our Camino is Coming to an End
Lastly, I have noticed a lot of us are talking about the end. “Can’t believe it’s almost over”, “can’t wait until we are done”, “I’m not looking forward to the end”, etc.
Personally, I’m a little bit of all of them. There are parts I’ll miss (mostly the people you meet) but I’m also homesick. I would have like to do more thing or had more time to take pictures but man, my feet hurt.
I’m a bit concerned about going to the Cathedral square tomorrow. I’ve spent over 4 weeks walking towards it. What if it doesn’t live up to what I’ve been thinking it’s going to be? We have talked about how we are going to do our ending. We are going to walk to the square, get our photos and celebrate, get our Compostela’s and go to the Pilgrim’s mass the next day. Hopefully that night we will have many reunions and a big dinner with lots of celebrating. We have a good friend waiting who could not finish due injury. She will be celebrating with us and I look forward to that. We also have friends behind us who will arrive after we leave and that I regret but wish them all the best and will celebrate from afar.
Last Post on The Way
This will most likely be my last post before the Mass on Thursday and maybe even before I head back to Canada. Once hope I will continue to post photos and thoughts with them.
Thanks for following our journey and hope to have more for you soon. I’m already thinking about my return trip.