I’m so looking forward to walking the Portuguese Camino. I have been doing some walking in preparation. Not too much – I don’t want to peak too soon.
I don’t mind hills but long stretches of flat are sooo boring. Each day I try and take a different route but the very nature of walking from home means that I always return home.
Bill amazes me. He has a training route he enjoys. He walks that same route over and over again. He only varies that route to walk up Mount Misery.
But I try and find a different path each time, turn a corner I’ve never been around or up a laneway I didn’t know was there. Anything so I’m not going over the same ground.
I’m really looking forward to going for a walk in Porto and not ending up in Porto but ending up in Santiago!
And I’m looking forward to walking in the Spring when everything is new and fresh. The Spring flowers will be coming out. The bulbs that I must plant before we leave will be blooming there. Amazing!
And I’m also really looking forward to eating Portuguese tarts.
I know I will walk past lots of pastry shops because Portugal has so many and I’ll just have to go in and have a sit down and try something I’ve never had before! Yummy!
Then there’s the lace museum in Vila do Conde. I’m training hard so that I’ll be capable of going for a walk at the end of the day (after 24kms or something!) so that I can find this museum. That’s how much I love lace!
But what I’m really looking forward to is experiencing the extraordinary energy line that is the Camino Portugues. Pilgrims and others have been walking on this energy line for thousands of years.
At some point St James himself walked this route and legend has it that he preached at O Porrino.
I love legends. Legends are energy gatherers. Lots and lots of people down through the ages have placed their thought and their faith in St James.
He travelled the way we will go both when he was alive and after his death.
And I’m looking forward to making new friends.
Having someone to walk with and have a chat with and learn new things. To have a shared time, a shared history with others. Having an adventure on my own is never as much fun as with someone else.
I’m having such a lovely time thinking about what I do on the Camino that I’ve set up a Pinterest account. I have a board called Camino Portugues and I’m starting new boards for each day. You can have a look at –
For those of you coming on the tour, I’m so looking forward to meeting you all in person!!