CAMINO – THE WAY

It didn’t matter to me.

Without my dear husband,

I would have forgotten.

I had read about it, but

Had put it in the

Unnecessary-to-remember-drawer

Of my brain

Which was already overloaded by then

From all the packing lists

And guide books

And other books on the subject.

Friends who had done this thing before

Showed it to us proudly, but –

Honestly –

I didn’t think much of it.

But –

You will need it

As evidence.

Evidence?

Who do I need to give evidence to?

People who know me will believe

What I have achieved.

If, and only if I succeed

in the end.

I might ….

………..

…………..

……..

Some people do this for spiritual reasons,

Some people need to get over their burnout

Some people try to get their life back in order

Some people do it for fun.

FUN ?

You can’t be serious.

Nobody can call this fun.

Blisters.

Knee pain.

Hurting shoulders.

Sweating.

And sleeping in a dormitory.

Using the same liquid soap for

Showering

Shampooing

Conditioning

AND

Washing!

No, not to brush your teeth.

You buy the miniature tube for that.

And the mini toothbrush.

The one you can fold.

You get them on the plane.

Hand washing

One of the only two

Sets of cloths you carry with you

Every night –

You’ve got to be joking.

With shampoo/showergel or liquid soap

Same diff.

You are supposed to

Wear two pairs of socks

On top of each other.

To avoid blisters

AND

You are supposed to

Wash your socks only

Every three days

Pwehh!

To avoid blisters.

At least that shortens the washing ritual.

Didn’t work for me

Still got the blisters.

However  –

I don’t do it for religious reasons

Or to get my life in order

I do it because

I want to prove to myself

I    CAN    DO    THIS

In the end

I     DID     IT

AND

it was FUN!

Arriving in Santiago

I had to open

The drawer in my brain

To get out

The book

The one my dear husband

Reminded me of

Every day

To collect

All the stamps

On the way

To get

THE CERTIFICATE

To have evidence

That I did it:

I walked

266 km

And completed the

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO PORTUGUESE

So proud of myself.

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