Walking in Spain: The Camino to Santiago

I did it. I walked The Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, where I received the official Compostela certificate with my name written in Latin.

Rosie the peregrina

* How far did I walk? According to Distance Calculator Ponferrada is 251 km [click for map] to Santiago.

Was walking the Camino the life-changing experience I’d expected?

Yes, plus much more…

Our group

My journey along the Camino wasn’t a race, but by simply walking, with no agenda other than to look, listen, enjoy, and appreciate each day’s gifts – even if it were just to meditate on the wind blowing my hair – I felt as liberated and free as the birds flying over my head.

I walked with a great group of Canadians led by Sue Kenny: Guy, Lynne, Maria,  Barb,  Gail, Lise, Donna, Judite, Mary and Margaret Mc.

Sue Kenny walked the Camino barefoot

We’d walk in little groups and then walk alone for a while, but one never walks alone on the Camino.

I met people from many other countries and whatever their language we all spoke English, and had a common goal: to get to Santiago.

I must tell you about Kurt,  a teacher from Germany, who gave me a little massage every time he saw me.

“A massage for Rosie,” he’d say…

The first time he worked on my back, my shoulders were hard like rocks, it’s not easy carrying a backpack of about twenty pounds. Thanks to his kindness I didn’t have to carry those rocks on my back.

Kurt from Germany

And Olga from Barcelona (in the picture below). When we first met each other walking along the path and I told her my age, she didn’t believe me and said,

“Then I’m 80!”

I bumped into her a few days later and she thanked me for being an inspiration for her. She felt old because she was going to be forty this year, but after meeting me she could see she didn’t have to be scared of aging.

Olga from Barcelona

I’d say, you’re as old as you feel… and I don’t feel old.”

Daisies

When you walk everything slows down, your senses are in overdrive so when you hear the birds, see the flowers, the views and the butterflies flying circles around you,  it’s as though you’re appreciating it all for the first time.

It’s only when you’re pushed out of your “comfort zone” that you discover parts of yourself you didn’t know existed. Of course you have the choice whether to give up – and many do – or to push yourself to carry on.

Field of poppies

When I started walking seriously last winter, I’d feel empowered after each hike – especially those over ten miles – but as I didn’t walk again until the following weekend, I had a whole week to rest, and sleep in my own cozy bed.

Bunk beds in the monastery in Sarria

On the Camino

  • we walked fifteen to thirty kilometers each and every day
  • I was the packhorse who had to carry my own “stuff” on my back
  • plus I slept on a narrow bunk bed
  • in a narrow sleeping bag
  • in a room with dozens of other people

Early afternoon on day three.

Even though I’m not a happy early riser and it took me a week before I managed to get a good night’s sleep,  I got up every morning at 6:30 a.m, stuffed all my shit back into my backpack, and walked an average of twenty kilometers, often with aching limbs, until I reached that night’s rest stop.

A path through a village

After the first few days we agreed we preferred to start walking as soon as we got up, and have our breakfast café con leche and toast at a bar in the next village which was usually around four kilometers away, or an hour or so of walking.

The pilgrim’s breakfast: tostada with jam and café con leche

At home, I never-ever leave my house without my morning coffee.

On the Camino I didn’t ever feel angry or frustrated or just mad about walking in a caffeine-deprived state. I got up and walked…and enjoyed it.

Dappled shade under the trees

Galicia is green like Ireland because it rains a lot.  We were fortunate not to have to walk in the pouring rain and cold like the pilgrims who walked before and after us, but as it was unseasonably hot during our Camino – we had about five days of +90 degree F temps – I can tell you that walking in the heat is draining and leaves you wilted at the end of the day.

Another interesting tree.


It was after day three that I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone into a place of strength I didn’t know I had.

That was the day when we had to walk twenty kilometers up to the medieval village of O’Cebreiro, which is situated on the summit of the mountain at 4,100 feet, and all that on a +90 degrees F day (unusually hot for those parts)

After walking most of the morning next to the river and through charming villages in the valley I began to wonder whether the climb I’d dreaded was going to be an easy hike along winding paths that simply went up and down again, when without any warning the paths became really steep, and rocky.

As we climbed higher on the winding paths the scenery became more and more breathtaking. Because the hot sun burned off the fog that always hangs over the hills, we were given the rare gift of being able to see the spectacular views around each and every bend: the rolling mountains in front and beside us, and the valley far below, everything so green like Ireland …

View going up to O’Cebreiro

The next few photos were taken by Lynne of yours truly on that long day’s hike.

A view from the path going up to O’Cebreiro

Almost at the top – as you can see I’m so tired I’m not standing straight

That night in O’Cebreiro I was so exhausted from the grueling climb in the heat and the lack of sleep that I almost fell asleep during the Church service, and walking back to my room I couldn’t get rid of the thoughts of home where I could have a nice hot bath, and sleep in my own soft bed. I almost wept.

the path is rocky and without shade

I’m eternally grateful to Donna and her homeopathic first-aid kit. She gave me something to take, which sounded suitable when she read the description (and it was), but I can’t remember what it was.

I went to bed early which gave me rare time alone and an opportunity to write in my journal.

I wasn’t the only one who struggled after that hard day. We all found the going hard and poor Barbara ended up with heat stroke and a high temperature, which kept her in bed for twenty-four hours.

o-o-o-o-o

I notice, as I write this post from Los Angeles after a day of hiking (we walked Segment 6 of the Backbone Trail today) how exhausted Mr F and I are this evening, even though we only walked about seven miles with just a few little hills (plus we are sleeping in our own bed), so I’m not surprised I had the mini-meltdown and now I really wonder how I managed to keep going?

Entering a village next morning with Lynne, Donna and Judite

P.S.  The Church service in O’Cebreiro was given by a couple of priests with the help of a slide-show in several languages.

I don’t want to diss the church, but the video monitor made it seem more like a TV church service from Texas, than a medieval church on top of a remote mountain in Spain.

Every village has a church ….

to be continued….

My previous posts on The Camino:

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87 Responses to Walking in Spain: The Camino to Santiago

  1. shoreacres says:

    Welcome home! It’s late here and time for bed, but I wanted to stop by and say hello. I’ll look forward to really reading in the morning – it looks like a marvelous experience, albeit with a few challenges along the way. But we knew you could deal with those!

    • dearrosie says:

      Thanks for your nice welcome comment Linda. It’s so nice to know that even though my blog has been dark for so many weeks you haven’t forgotten me.

  2. Great post and lovely pictures. You have strengthed my resolve to do that walk one day!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Andrew,
      I’ve got hundreds of pictures and so much I want to say about the Camino so I guess this will be the first of several posts. You should walk the Camino one day, I’m sure you’d love it.

      I also had a great time walking around Madrid and of course I thought of you when I went to the Plaza Mayor :-)

  3. Amazing shots ! Really wish I can take something like that =)

  4. wightrabbit says:

    Great to have you back, with wonderful tales of your pilgrimage and the pictures to prove it! Having read ‘The Alchemist’ some years ago, I found your account very interesting and I look forward to reading more.
    Welcome home, Dear Rosie! :)

    • dearrosie says:

      Thank you for your nice welcome back greeting. I haven’t read ‘The Alchemist’. I read Paulo Coelho’s book on the Camino just before I left and loved it. He’s a great story teller.

      There’s so much to share about my Camino it was hard to know where to start, so I’m glad to hear you’re ready to read more… Stay tuned…

  5. souldipper says:

    There you are, Rosie. I’ve missed you. I didn’t know you were off on this adventure…did you mention it when I was away? The photos are great – so good to see photos of you! This would be a perfect holiday event for me. It would contain all the things I love…different culture, nature, hiking and people. Welcome home and enjoy that familiar bed!

  6. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    First off Welcome Back you were missed. :)
    What a truly magnificent effort, you should feel very proud. It does sound like a tiring but wonderful adventure, and I loved the photos.
    Seems you also had very nice company with you which makes a big difference when there are nice people around you. Congratulations. :D

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Mags,
      As you said it was a wonderful though tiring adventure, and I do feel proud that I did it.
      I was lucky to walk with such a great group of people. One always takes a chance when joining a group of strangers

      As one of the millions of bloggers out there it feels good to hear I was missed. Thank you.

      I’m glad you like my photos because I took hundreds and I’m going to share many of them in future posts.

  7. jane tims says:

    Hi Rosie. I am so impressed. What a wonderful experience! I love the old knobby tree. I hope over time, you share more of your photos. I am interested in the plants you saw along the way. Jane

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Jane,
      Thank you for your comment. It was a wonderful experience and as I’ve never done anything like that before I’m still digesting it all..

      I have some marvelous photos of the trees. We walked next to them every day – some of them were really old and huge. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my photos with you. It’ll take some time for me to sort through them…

  8. Welcome back, Rosie! You are incredible for taking on this journey, I am so impressed! Thank you for sharing it with us. I loved the photos, very pretty. I can only imagine how exhausting it must have been in that heat with the sun beating down.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Darla
      Thank you for your kind comment. The one nice thing about being a blogger is I can share my amazing adventure here with other bloggers – people like you who really want to see my photos and hear my stories.
      It is very draining to walk in the heat

  9. Linda Shapiro says:

    Welcome home Rosie. You were never one to give up on anything. I am so glad you managed to stay focused and make the long long difficult walk. Well done! :-)
    Thank you for sharing your amazing experience. We should always follow our dreams. Dreams and worthless unless we try to realize them. I am sure your parents instilled the love of nature in your heart. Does “feast your eyes” bring back fond memories? Your old, old friend Linda

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Linda,
      Thank you for your lovely encouraging message. It’s good to be reminded of who I am by someone like you, someone who really knows me.

      I love what you said that dreams are worthless unless we follow them. That’s exactly what I did. Some people may say I selfishly went on a trip and you put it beautifully that I followed my dreams….

      Its beautiful how you remember my mother’s famous expression “feast your eyes”! I sure did that every day on the Camino, and by the way, my Mom walked with me. I felt her presence very strongly.

  10. Welcome back, Rosie! Since I was on another blogging “hiatus,” I had no idea you were doing this pilgrimage. What an accomplishment! Congratulations! I loved reading this post and seeing your beautiful photos – I’m looking forward to more. You look so young, so I’m not surprised by Olga’s reaction (if you divulged your age in one of your posts, I missed that, too). As you were for Olga, you are an inspiration to me! What an amazing journey, and I’m so thrilled to “know” a blogger who has done the walk and is sharing first-hand experiences.
    All the best,
    AA

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi AA
      Thank you so much for your nice welcome greeting. I’m delighted to hear that I can be an inspiration to my blogging buddies. It was an amazing journey and one that continues even back home as I digest everything…

      May I take this opportunity to welcome YOU back to blogging because you returned while I was away (I have still to read and discover all your adventures ).

      I shared my age in this post
      http://rosannefreed.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/i-wrote-another-etheree-poem-wise-woman/

      • I read the poem – which is beautiful – and, yes, you are young! (Because I am also young at 51 ;))

        Thank you for welcoming me back to the blog-o-sphere.

        Have you seen “The Way?” Or have you heard anything about it from people in-the-know about Camino de Santiago?

      • dearrosie says:

        Thank you for taking the time to go read an old post AA. Now you know, and now I know something more about you :-)

        Oh lord I wasn’t ever going to mention that dreadful movie but to answer your question: Yes I saw it.
        My opinion? The scenery is beautiful, but the story “sucks” as my young friends would say.

        Why? It starts off by making a very deliberate point of showing us that Martin Sheen, who plays an aging dentist in Santa Barbara, isn’t very fit. Though he plays golf, he drives around in the golf cart, but when he goes to Spain he’s suddenly extremely fit and can hike up those high mountain passes without any effort, and is always able to walk in front of the group of people he’s walking with, and all that walking while wearing his son’s shoes, and only one little mention of sore feet!
        [Both Mr F and I tried several pairs of boots before we found a pair that fit us properly, but most of the people in my group were walking in new boots - and the first pair they bought - which is why so many of them got dreadful blisters.]

        After seeing the movie you come away thinking that walking “The Camino” is like a Club Med holiday for people who like “adventure holidays” [!]. I met some of those people. They walked about five days, stayed in hotels, usually off the road, and their tours came with a couple of mini vans, one of which carried all their backpacks to the next night’s hotel and the other one drove along the road giving “snacks” to the walkers, and picking up those who were weary …

  11. sybil says:

    Oh Rosie, you totally rock ! I’d love to do such a walk but my crappy knees couldn’t do the steeper bits. Those photos are lovely. I also take pictures of people with their backs to the camera. Wonderful ! Can’t wait to see more shots from the trips.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Sybil,
      Thank you for your supportive comment. My legs ached for several days and one day my knees gave me trouble but I was able to walk through the pain. Thankfully!

      Interesting to hear you also take pictures of people with their backs to the camera. I think everyone thought I was crazy because I didn’t want to show my face. I know what I look like, and the picture isn’t about me but the scenery. I was grateful that Lynne obliged by taking photos of my back on my camera.

  12. sonali says:

    Wow Rosie!! This is fabulous!! You’ve walked miles after miles. It sounds thrilling. It reminded me of the 5 day trek I had been for in 2006, walking each day and camping in the night. Its really a great experience. But at your age! Makes me wonder. Congrates to you for completing the walk. :)

    • dearrosie says:

      Hello Sonali,
      Thank you for your nice comment.
      Where did you go on your five day trek in 2006? I’d love to do something like that now i.e. where you hike all day and camp out at night.

  13. Corilee says:

    Wow congratulations Rosie – I am so proud of you – only a strong powerful woman can do that trip! Thank you so much for all the pics, so beautiful and inspiring….

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Corilee,
      Thank you for your encouraging message. I’m glad I can be an inspiration to you. I like the “only strong women can do that trip”. I’ve come back feeling so much stronger and ready to tackle anything.

  14. Lynn says:

    My dearest friend! You are amazing! Well done! Can’t wait to read more….
    Missed you……!

  15. shoreacres says:

    I’ve had a little time this morning to really absorb your post – what a wonderful time. When I was working in Liberia, there were some villages we could only reach by walking. The longest was two days into the bush – we’d stay in a village at night. I can’t imagine such a long walk as yours.

    I do agree that the “slowing down” is important. Speeding through a landscape in an auto and walking through it are quite different experiences. There are other ways we speed through life, too – social media being one. Let’s see – an hour on Twitter and Facebook, or an hour with a friend over coffee? I’m all for “slow socializing”, to go along with slow blogging and slow food!

    • dearrosie says:

      Linda you really understand what it’s like to walk the Camino. Driving along in a car you see everything, but for split seconds and through the car window, when you walk along a road everything’s in slow motion so you see and hear and smell it all…

      Your time in Liberia sounds challenging, but must’ve been wonderfully exciting. I imagine that when you have to walk two days to get to a village you never knew what you were going to encounter on the way or whether you were even going to get there in two days.

      I’d love to meet you in a coffee shop for a cup of slow socializing.

  16. bronxboy55 says:

    What an unforgettable adventure and an incredible accomplishment, Rosie. Did you have any doubts in your mind when you started out? If so, at what point did you know you were going to make it? And how interesting that, back in Los Angeles, you were exhausted after walking “only” seven miles. “…and now I really wonder how I managed to keep going?” How did you? Do you think you’ll keep in touch with any of the other Peregrinas?

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Charles,
      Oh yes I had doubts about whether I could do it: I’m not thirty anymore and have some health issues, which is why I joined a group where I’d have support.

      At what point did I know I’d make it?
      When I got up the next morning after that grueling climb to get to O’Cebreiro, and without a thought put on my backpack and started walking.

      How did I do it? I guess by stepping out bright and early each morning and putting one foot in front of the other….

      I will certainly keep in touch with the other Peregrinas, but as they all live in Canada I won’t be able to do regular walks with them which is a shame.

  17. Kaisa Larsson says:

    Hi Rosie, We do not know each other, but we both know Sue. My name is Kaisa and I know Sue from the Vipassana meditation centre in Ontario.
    I have just enjoyed reading your blog. Congratulations on your efforts and finding your Inner Strength.
    Hopefully, I will be walking the Camino next spring. It has been a long time coming.
    Again, congratulations. Bye for now Kaisa

    • dearrosie says:

      Welcome Kaisa,
      You are the first of Sue’s friends to introduce yourself. Thank you for taking the time to write and tell me you’d popped in. It’s always a pleasure to welcome someone new to my blog.

      I have health issues and wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to do all that walking. If you go with Sue she’ll help you if you have problems and can’t walk on any particular day, but if you don’t go you’ll always regret it.

      If I can give you any advice re walking the Camino it’s this: do it . Go get your hiking boots and start walking.

  18. Val says:

    Wow! That’s amazing, Rosie! I’d never have been able to do that even when I was at my fittest!

    Sorry I’ve not been around much, hope to do better! Hugs.

    • dearrosie says:

      It’s with the greatest pleasure that I welcome you back to my blog Val. I’ve missed you. Thank you for visiting. I’m glad you enjoyed my post.

  19. What an unbelievable experience! I am truly impressed by the magnitude of such a hike…and that would be at any age, quite frankly! The photos are very beautiful and I really love the idea of being part of such a unique and supportive community! You should be so proud! I will look forward to the next installment! Debra

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Debra,
      It was an unforgettable experience and I am proud. I was concerned whether I’d be able to do it as I’m not thirty anymore and do have health issues so that’s why I walked with Sue and her group. I’m glad I did. It was good to be part of a supportive group like that. Thanks for your nice comment.

  20. LIz says:

    What a lovely post Rosie! And I am so happy that you were able to see the red poppies!! Can’t wait to hear more about your camino!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi LIz
      It was spring in northern Spain when we walked there, so we were greeted with blossoms on the trees and fields of poppies – but we didn’t see daffodils or tulips – and now that I think of it, we only saw the poppies on the first couple of days….
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

  21. J.D. Meier says:

    That’s quite the trip.

    It sounds like you had a great group to go with, amazing scenes, and lots of memorable experiences to last you a lifetime.

  22. dearrosie says:

    Hi J.D.
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. It’s always a pleasure to welcome someone new to my blog.

    Yes yes yes. It was a memorable experience, and one I’ll be digesting for the rest of my life.

  23. Dinah says:

    Fascinating and amazing!! I profoundly admire not only what you were able to accomplish but also your insightful way of describing it — always and invariably conscious of the kindness of others. Very humbling.

  24. dearrosie says:

    Hi Dinah,
    I really value your insight and deeply appreciate the thoughtfulness of your response. Thank you.

  25. Kathy says:

    Congratulations, Rosie! This is no small accomplishment. You will inspire many who read this to undertake our own pilgrimages. You will remember this all your life.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Kathy,
      I’m really happy that you feel inspired from reading about my trip.
      You’re quite right that I will treasure the memories of the walk my whole life.

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  27. Jo says:

    Welcome back!
    This was the email I’d sent to you….

    Dearest Rosie,
    Have been getting the updates from Mr F about your wonderful, fulfilling journey.
    I’m SO proud of you and SO thrilled that it has turned out to be such an amazing experience, plus so much more.
    Thinking of you constantly as you begin the last leg of your journey.
    It was fortuitous that I saw “The Way” with you so I can, at least, picture you in that beautiful Cathedral.
    Your face is glowing!!

    Have a safe trip home.
    Can’t wait to read your first book!!

    MUcho xxx’s
    Jo

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Jo
      Thanks for including the missing email in your message.

      It was after I saw the movie with you last year in Santa Barbara that I realized I had to walk the Camino, and sooner than later. Thank you for the inspiration.

      First book eh?

  28. Olga from Barcelona says:

    Dear Rosie…..thankyou very much for remember me in your blog, guauuu!!! It was a pleasure for me meting you. I remember I was walking with two austrian men who I just met, they ask me for my name and you hear it…..later on ….in an other village you called me from my name and we did not even met officially
    thanyks a lot
    next 2july …I will be 40!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hola Olga
      I’m delighted to welcome you here. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment.
      I’ll never forget your face that day when I said “Hola Olga from Barcelona” even though we’d never officially met :-) You turned to me with a raised eyebrow and a “Do I know you?” look on your face!

      I send you many Happy Birthday greetings for 2nd July! I will drink a glass of wine in your honour that evening.

  29. heather says:

    Beautiful!! Thank you!! I loved the first two and last photos best!
    What a wonderful experience – I want to do it TOO Mom!!! ;)

    • dearrosie says:

      Hello Heather,
      I thank you too for taking the time to write a comment and let me know you were here.
      Walking the Camino was a life-changing experience and I’m so grateful I was able to go. You too will go when the time is right – I had to wait almost two decades. Remember to keep your dream alive.

      You make me laugh that you remembered our Mom joke! heh heh

      I never walked alone because my shadow kept me company and I’m glad I could share it with you and that you liked the photo. I also – even if I say so myself – am pleased with the last one.

  30. aFrankAngle says:

    Congratulations … and I’m sure more is on the way.

  31. So many great comments, and I’m obviously reading BACKWARDS through my emails, since I read this after your latest — but I think it’s so interesting when we astonish ourselves with our determination and sheer grit, like you felt after your homecoming. What do you think makes us reach beyond our perceived abilities and do something so intense.. like walking such a loooonnnngg way?? I love that you are both a pilgrim and pioneer… AND photographer!! My favorite is your shadow… I just love that!!

    • dearrosie says:

      Dear Betty,
      It’s always a pleasure to welcome you to my humble home and I don’t think it makes that much difference if you read #2 before #1 because they are explaining different aspects of the same thing.

      I’m honored that a photographer like yourself likes one of my photos. Muchas gracias.

      Why did I reach beyond my perceived abilities and do something so intense? You ask an interesting question. Many people are constantly pushing themselves to climb Mount Everest, or sail solo round the world, but I don’t belong to that group. I can’t explain why, but when I heard about the Camino about twenty years ago, I just knew I too had to walk it.

      As Sue Kenney explains in her book “My Camino”:
      “It is said that pilgrims have been chosen to walk without a clear understanding of why they are there, often guided by a higher source.”

  32. I, too, am working my way backwards through your blog posts, Rosie. This was an utterly amazing peak experience for you and I’m savoring every word and picture you have used to describe it. Wonderful things happen when we face our fears, doubts and reservations and follow cherished dreams forward. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hello Barbara,
      Thank you for taking the time to leave me this very thoughtful comment. You have no idea how happy I felt to hear that my enthusiasm is so contagious, that you’re enjoying reading my words and seeing my pictures.

      I’ve never pushed myself out of my comfort zone like this before. It’s such a thrill to discover I’ve not only landed on both feet at the other side but I feel so much stronger from the experience.

  33. munchow says:

    Like I said in the next post (I am reading them the wrong way), you did an amazing trip, and you pictures bring the experience to the viewers. Again it’s the pictures that surprise me that I get stuck with, like the one with the shadow and the one with all the happy faces. Congratulations with the accomplishment!

  34. dearrosie says:

    Hello dear Otto,
    You’re so kind to tell me that my pictures bring the experiences of the Camino to the viewers,

    but it’s this line that I must remember:
    “It’s the pictures that surprise me…”

    Thank you, and for pointing out which are your favorite photos.

  35. I must say Rosie, that the first picture of you the “peregrina” in shadow reminds me of wooden carvings of Don Quijote, or Picasso’s black and white silhouette of DQ. What a perfect photograph to begin telling of this marvelous experience, dearrosie — er, Doña Quijote.
    I said it before and I will say it again, you do inspire one to consider such a journey.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Georgette,
      Welcome back after your travels. When one does something it feels good to know that others are inspired by it.

      I love my new name Doña Quijote. Muchas gracias.
      I didn’t remember Picasso’s black and white silhouette of DQ and had to look for it. It’s beautiful. I never thought that my shadow would be compared to a Picasso painting. Wow. :-)

      Here’s a link to the Picasso image:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote_%28Picasso%29

      Thank you for your lovely comment.

  36. I’m glad you found the drawing. Yes, with your elongated figure looking forward…and on your head I see the helmet of Mambrino definitely making you doña Quijote. :)

  37. Arindam says:

    How I could I miss this post. It was inspiring. Congrats… I dare to say that, not many of us have that courage in us to try and achieve something like this. And the pictures are simply beautiful. :)

  38. Michelle says:

    What an awesome trip to take! You will never forget what you saw, who you met and what achievments you made!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Michelle,
      Always a pleasure to welcome someone new to my blog. Thank you for taking the time to write me a comment.

      It’s so true that walking the Camino was something I’ll never forget. I’m so grateful I was able to do it.

  39. Congratulations. This is one amazing walk and journey with friends. The joy in your heart shows in your smile and the images you had taken. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing .

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi IT,
      It makes me very happy to know that you came to check out this post – and enjoyed reading it – and that you saw the joy in my heart. Thank you.
      I hope you have a nice weekend.

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  42. What an inspiring experience! And what strength and persistence it took! remarkable!

  43. sandypics says:

    i am so thrilled to know someone who has done this pilgrimage…i hope one day to walk this route…been influenced by paulo coelho and shirley maclaine’s stories about the camino…congrats rose…

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Sandy,
      I love getting such an enthusiastic comment about my pilgrimage on the Camino. Thank you Sandy. I waited a long time before I was able to get to Spain and believe you’ll also go when the time is right for you.
      I also read Paulo Coelho and Shirley Maclaine’s books before I went and found them both so inspiring.
      When you do go I’ll be very happy to answer any questions you may have.

  44. restlessjo says:

    It’s always seemed the kind of venture I’d enjoy, both for the majestic scenery and for the sense of achievement, Rosie. How long did it take overall- about 3 weeks? I’ll have a quick look at the other Camino posts.

    • dearrosie says:

      You need at least 4-6 weeks to walk the entire Camino Francaise (750 km). As I only get 3 weeks leave I joined a group doing the last 250 km – which we did in 11 days. I stayed in Spain for 3 weeks – spent 5 days each in Madrid and Santiago.

  45. Sartenada says:

    Congratulations! My hat off! You made it which we have many times been dreaming. Well, maybe someday…

    • dearrosie says:

      Thank you Sartenada. It was a great personal accomplishment to complete the walk.
      If you really want to do it, keep your dream alive and you’ll go one day.

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