On My Way to the Camino de Santiago

Cruising the hillside

Hiking in Andalusia. Looking forward to some more spectacular views in Spain!

It’s close!!

So close that in a few hours, I’ll be departing my house for the next several weeks. In less than a day, I’ll be relaxing Paris and eat plenty of pan au chocolat before making my way to St. Jean Pied de Port to start the Camino de Santiago.  The range of emotions that I’m experiencing right now is overwhelming; I’m on my own personal emotional roller coaster. Excited, nervous, exhilarated, overwhelmed, ecstatic, scared…

I’ve realized in the last few days that I a lot of anxiety for this trip stems from our failed Camino trip.  Exactly five years ago, we planned this trip. We got as close as prepping our bags, training and coordinating every last details. Ultimately we cancelled the trip the night before we departed. It was necessary decision. It was hard decision. It was a lesson in being a responsible adult. That was because we couldn’t, in good conscience, leave when there was so much going on at work.

It is said that you are called to the Camino. I agree wholeheartedly with this statement but I also think that you have to be ready for the lessons you will learn along the way. Part of our lesson was not being selfish and managing our obligations. I think we chose properly and in turn, we were offered another opportunity to make this dream a reality. We realize that this is not the norm and we intend to fully enjoy it. It’s a bit of a homecoming to Spain for us!

So with that my friends, I’m off. I will be disconnecting a bit. A social media detox is needed. I will be walking, meeting new friends, and socializing along the trail. Hopefully making memories that will last a lifetime! It’s not that I forgot you; I’m just doing what the Camino has asked of me.

I won’t be updating my blog much during my time away. I will however be dropping in via Facebook so please make your way to my page and “like” it to get updates of the trail, photos along the way, and more.

Buen Camino!
Courtney

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