I am in Palas de Rei just 45 miles from Santiago de Compostela.
It’s amazing to be here and that I have have come so far.
I have walked through all kinds of terrain,
all very physically and mentally challenging.
We have had rain, cold and now very hot days.
The last few days have been 86* and we have climbed up more mountains then I ever have, even above the clouds!
I have had two flu/bad colds, bed bug bites all over, unrecognizable feet, shooting pain in my feet and strained tendons, infected blisters, filthy showers, bathrooms with no toilet seat, toilet paper, soap or a towel and I have been treated rudely by many Spaniards.
And yet, the people I have met on the Camino have been amazing. Each person telling a story the touches my heart, their grief, smiles and courage.
The volunteer who drive me to the clinic for my monster blister and then came back to get me!
The unexpected joy from a stranger, the beautiful 1000 year old homes I have stayed in, the Pilgrims mass I read at far outweigh everything else.
I can’t forget to mention the many languages of the Camino that I have mastered all by a SMILE!
Like everything in life joy doesn’t come without some pain and suffering.
I’m so blessed to have a wonderful husband who has encouraged me everyday and every step of The Way and my beautiful son who has also encouraged me with calls and text telling me, “you got this mom”!
My dear friend Kim who has been digging deep with me!
In three days I will be in Santiago and have completed my journey.
I can’t think of what could possibly happen between today and then, but I do know, like everything else out here on the Camino, if it hasn’t happened to you before, it will on the Camino!