In this final blog post about the Camino de Santiago, I’m just going to cover a few things that didn’t fit neatly in the first two blog posts. This is more of a hodgepodge of interesting details that I wanted to share about the walk and things experienced that are still in my mind.
One of the most defining experiences on the Camino is the dormitory living. At many stops along the way, there are dormitories just for the pilgrims. The prices average around 10 euro a night and many times they are in the old city center next to the cathedral. Incredible locations at incredible prices! While the accommodations vary from 6 person dorm rooms to open bays for 200 people, it was always an interesting experience, especially when you had a heavy snorer sleeping right next to you! Here a few of the different dorms that I stayed in.
When walking the Camino, it was important to keep the mind distracted from the painful feet and sometimes flat wheat fields. This was done by talking with other walkers but sometimes you wanted more. And the Camino delivered by having various signs, markings and inspirational messages, throughout the 800km.
In addition to the signs on the Camino, there were many memorials and relics. Here are a few.
I’ll just wrap up this blog post with a few pictures of some of the animals that we encountered during the Camino. Nothing exotic but they still provided entertainment and a nice diversion!
That’s all regarding the Camino walk. I highly recommend to give it a try. I know that not everyone can afford to take 5-6 weeks off but even if you can do it in stages of a couple weeks at a time (which several people I’ve met have done). It’s been 6 weeks since I completed it but it’s still very much on my mind.
Buen Camino everyone!!