Pre-Camino thoughts.

I’m freaking out. Estoy flipando.

Ok, sure. I’m all packed. By the time this publishes on Thursday, I will be walking to Santiago (in what looks like a rainy day). It may not have all the stuff I’m supposed to have, but it has some changes of clothes, including a nice outfit for any off days, my hiking sticks, sunscreen galore, a poncho, a poncho for my backpack, a sleeping bag liner, a first-aid kit, a towel, and toiletries. I will have my travel journal (for recording thoughts that will eventually become blogs here), I have my credentials. I have the first few days taken care of reservation wise, since I hear it is packed, and I think I know what I want to do past that. Still…I feel super  unready. Vale, tengo la mochila hecha. Cuando esta entrada de blog se publique jueves, ya estaré caminando a Santiago (en un día que parece que va a llover). Igual la mochila no tiene todo que debería tener, pero tiene unos cambios de ropa que incluye ropa para algún día libre de Caminar, mis bastones, mucha crema solar, un chubasquero, otro para la mochila, un interior de saco de dormir, un botiquín, una toalla, y neceseres. Tendré mi diario de viajar (para recordar pensamientos que un día serán entradas de blog aquí). Tengo los credenciales. Tengo reservas para los primeros días, como me están diciendo que va lleno de gente este año. Creo que sé que voy a hacer después.  Pero…no me siento nada preparado. 

Am I really doing this? Will my money last? Five years of reading accounts and stories of the Camino…could I prepare more? I am unsure which are the best albergues, if I can do several days of  20 plus kilometre hiking (or more)…my hopes are to last 10 days between Santander and Oviedo. People have made it further. I hike on a regular basis.  ¿En serio? ¿Voy a hacer el Camino de Santiago? ¿Durará el dinero? Cinco años de leer historias de otros peregrinos…¿podría prepararme más? No sé cuales son los mejores albergues. No sé si puedo hacer muchos días seguidos de más que unos 20 kilometros de caminar….espero llegar a Oviedo desde Santander. Muchos han hecho más. Hago senderismo mucho. 

Still…what lies ahead? Pero…¿que pasará?

Let’s find out. ¡A por ello!

Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @setmeravelles, and in September the full story will be posted here.  Puedes seguireme en Instagram y Twitter @setmeravelles y en septiembre ya escribiré la historia completa aquí. 

peregrino

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18 thoughts on “Pre-Camino thoughts.

  1. Ahh, Buen Camino!! I know that you’ve already completed a few days, and I hope so much it’s been a good experience. How are the crowds? I can’t wait to hear about it!!

    • It is amazing. Not that crowded at all. Most of the time I am alone, maybe will see 4-5 other peregrinos…albergues are always full but haven’t had a problem with finding a bed. I am in Pendueles right now…in the one you stayed at I think! How is Scotland?

  2. “What lies ahead” is the question that drives most of us pilgrims forward. Whatever today brought, tomorrow will be something entirely new. Buen Camino!

  3. I am visiting South America for a few months next week and am terrified that I am woefully underprepared! I expect that any amount of preparation will not be enough. Good luck!!

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