Just a quick update with some pictures as I haven’t had a chance to get on for a few days again but don’t have an awful lot of time right now as we are going to go out to eat. I just wanted to quickly write something now though incase I don’t get a chance to later.
The last few days Christian and I have stayed together, walking sometimes in silence with our own thoughts and other times in complete hysterics, laughing for miles and miles! We usually start with coffee and breakfast but sometimes we must walk around 5kms first to find somewhere that is open. The nearer we get to Santiago, the more real the fact that all this is going to end becomes. We are now in a town called Arzúa, around 40kms away from Santiago, so two days left of walking. I’m not going to stop there though, I’m going to continue on to Muxia, and then to Finisterre which I think will take me another week or so to walk.
It’s hard to imagine stopping. For the last month my daily routine has been exactly the same. Wake, get dressed, eat, walk, eat, walk, stop, shower, laundry, eat, sleep. Then it begins again the next day….
During the early days of my Camino I was looking for some sort of ‘change’ or miracle or some other kind of significant development. I didn’t see one, and soon stopped looking for it. But now, when I actually stop and look at myself, how I am each day, how I get on with things, there has been a big change. When I think back to that dreaded day at the airport, and now, here I am, completely at ease on my bunk bed in a room full of strangers. I eat with strangers, talk with them, walk with them, and sometimes wash my clothes with them. But I no longer feel the anxiety that has held me back for so long… I feel free. Perhaps it is still going to be there in some situations, but it has certainly improved more in one month than it did I the last 12 years! A Camino miracle? Who am I to say that it is or isn’t…