Back on the road

Trip Start May 11, 2005
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Monday, July 3, 2006

Chelise here. So as you've seen from our many photos how amazing our walk has been. It's actually really hard to convey as we moved to a different place everyday and met so many new people and saw so many festivals and beautiful things. There was one constant though and that was the damn bocadillos. I have tried to compile a couple of lists of things I did and didn't like on the trail.

Pros:
Spanish Lessons from Amber
Beautiful Scenery
Bonding With New People
A Cloudy Day
A Cool Breeze
Cute Old Spanish People
Simple Foods we Don't Get to eat
Arriving in a Town & Already Knowing People
Internet That Works
Eroski (free groceries)
A Good Night Sleep (no snorers)
Random Acts of Kindness That Mean More on the Camino
Being Able to Use My Spanish to Communicate Successfully
Getting to the Top of a Hill
Being Faster than Almost Everyone
Reaching Finisterre

Cons:
Rashes (butt rash)
Clicky Hips (which I still have)
Wet Clothes
Sore Calves
Sore Feet From too Much Weight
Stoney Roads
Sunburn & Heat Rash (bloody hurts)
Lack of Sleep (locals yelling at night below albergue window)
Skidding in Mud All Day
Grumpy Spaniards
Sore Arms From Hiking Poles
Eating Boccadillos, Tortillas Constantly
No Clouds in the Sky
Fricken Europeans who Insist on Closing the Windows on a Hot Night

We also met some interesting characters:
.A guy with one arm hiking 40km everyday
.A guy who had walked from Munich
.A really huge, fat lady who could still walk pretty fast and wasn't sure she would make it all the way, but she did
.Loads of Italians who were all quite flirtatious and nice
.Japanese guy who was running the Camino (see picture in next entry)
.Old English guy who decided to do the Camino from his doorstep in England during winter after his son died of cancer. He raised money and awareness along the way (legend)
.A man who did the pilgimage 7 years ago and was the mascot for that holy year who now comes everyday to the same place to give food and walking sticks
.A 6 year old girl whose done the Camino twice with her dad
.A German guy who had escaped from East Germany years ago and swum to freedom
.Of course all our friends many of which are in our photos
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