Well, I went to the doctor yesterday and it was exactly what I feared – achilles tendinitis. He said no walking at all for 2-4 days and suggested I take a bus to Santiago. Between my bad spanish and his bad english I was pretty sure he was telling me my camino was over. Yesterday was filled with lots of tears. I felt totally hopeless. But friends and family and lots of total strangers came together and lifted me up and now I am resting at a family friend´s house on a balcony overlooking beautiful San Sebastian with my feet up and iced and the sweetest dog I´ve ever met at my side. It´s a long story how I got here but the important thing is that I´m okay and feeling much better.
This past week I´ve met a lot of amazing people and have heard a lot of talk about your camino. They say you do the camino however you can – whether its by foot or bike or horse or bus, whether its 30 km a day or 3, whether you carry your own pack or not, whether you walk every little step or just the last few, whether you stay in the albuergues or in 5 star hotels – you do the camino however you can, and that is your camino. That is the right way to do it.
I´ve come to terms now with the fact that my camino will not be exactly how I thought it would be. But it will still be my camino and it will be exactly how it should be. After a few days of rest I will go back to Estella and start where I left off. But this time I will go slow and aim for 10-20 kms a day instead of 20-30. Maybe I will try and lighten my pack. The important thing is that I will not give up. I will continue this journey and get to Santiago – one way or another. And it will be the way that is right for me.
4 thoughts on “My Camino”
Nana, I just want you to know how very proud I am of you. You are a very remarkable young women and I am so lucky to be able to call you my Granddaughter. Take good care of yourself.
You are as brave and enlightened as you are a beautiful spirit, inside and out. You have the unique ability to appreciate the experience in spite of its rigors, and you are a role model for us all. Peace be with you, as you continue your journey.
You know how close I’ve been to your Camino. I Can’t stand a minut without thinking of you…but still I feel that you have to learn something alse…you HAVE TO GIVE UP YOUR MICHILA Let it travel with the others pilgrims in the truck! You will find it every night!…and will travel your camino witout that aditional heavy lot….