Joined June 2021 Message
  • Day26

    Murias de Rechivaldo

    July 24 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

    I walked 14 miles on Day 23, after 2 resting days. I walked slow and took MANY breaks. Intentionality and staying present were of key importance. I practiced mindfulness walking and noticed so many things I would otherwise neglect.

    I had a tri-lingual conversation that makes me giggle. As I walked through a town, an older woman was outside sweeping her porch, a very common site in the mornings. She looked so excited to see me and waved, “Buen dia peregrino!” I greeted her in Spanish and she asked where I was going. Our conversation continued in Spanish. At one point I think I accidentally told her I was from France. 😯 Excitedly she switched to French and we continued our talk in French as we marveled at the beautiful and steep Pyrenees. In French she asked how many days I’d been traveling and in English I said “23”. She stared at me and I repeated it in French. Then she sent me on my way in Spanish again. It was AMAZING! Also let’s just pretend I’m from Paris from now on…..au revoir!
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    Kristi Murphy

    So happy to hear you had a beautiful, relaxed walk! And, what a gift to have the opportunity to communicate with that lovely woman in not one, but two languages!! And, how lovely to discover that you are from Paris! I really must come visit. : )

    7/26/21Reply
    My Camino

    Hahaha. It was one of my top 10 favorite experiences!

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  • Day24

    Recuperating in León

    July 22 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Mantras
    Don’t give up
    Be proud of how far you’ve come!
    Learn the language
    Absorb the culture
    Elevate the sausage foot!
    “Resting is strength” -Lisa❤️

    Sooooo I took a day to rest my leg in the gorgeous city of León. I love it here. I could live here forever. For two days I’ve rested, iced, elevated, contemplated, cried, pouted, thrown pity parties, and visited the hospital. My ligaments are very unhappy that I walked 290 miles in 20 days. Ok, I get that. I asked too much of my 44 yo somewhat lumpy body. I spent time making amends with my body and showing the respect it deserved.

    I am separated from my Camino family now and that has also been an unexpected sadness. When planning a solo trip, I had no idea how important the connections would be with other peregrinos. We hold hope and love and laughter for each other along the way. We may not see each other all day or sometimes for a few days but we eat together in the evenings when we can and we walk with each other when someone needs support. I feel alone, together…and it’s been magical.

    The other night, I KNEW THE MOST SPANISH at the dinner table!!! It felt amazing. In previous trips,to the more touristy places in Europe, there has always been a plethora of people who speak English. Here, that is not the case. It’s respectful to try to speak as much Spanish as possible. At the beginning of this journey, it felt a bit helpless to not be able to communicate but today, I navigated by myself and asked for help in Spanish several times along the way. I made it to my bus.

    Yes, I’m on a bus today. I decided to modify my journey in order to make peace with my body. I am taking a bus 30k (19 mi) forward. I will stay at a Buddhist-like, zen albergue surrounded by gardens, yoga, wonderful food, dogs, cats, and other peregrinos. Tomorrow I will return to the Camino and modify my days to under 20k and at a much slower pace, until I feel healed. This pace/rate may mean another bus ride in the future and I will consider that when the time comes.

    The Camino. The way.
    Every peregrino who travels the Camino does it there own way. That’s what makes it THEIR Camino. I am finally understanding this and I am proud of MY Camino. I have 305km (190 mi) of magic and beauty ahead of me and I will treasure every fucking precious moment of it!!

    PS if I don’t stop shoving my face with bread, pastries, and fried tapas, I will certainly be a bit lumpier upon my return!! I ate healthy cereal today…I’m such an adult. The end.
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    Naila Lundstrom

    What a journey you are on! So proud and inspired by you always! 💞

    7/22/21Reply
    Kerry Bear

    Yay for the bus!

    7/22/21Reply

    Wow. A badass with a shitload of wisdom - you fucking rock! [Tessa]

    7/23/21Reply
    DAVID CHRISTENSEN

    Beautiful city!

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  • Day14

    20 miles Tardajos

    July 12 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    Mantras
    Start now, there may not be a tomorrow

    Last night, I tried to invite another pilgrim to dinner with our Camino family.
    Me: hola, hungry? (Gesturing with my hand towards my mouth)
    Her: yes
    Me: Come! (Gesturing with a “come here” hand motion then wait upstairs for her to arrive)
    Her: no thank you for food. I thought you asked if I was from Hungary.
    Me: oh, no. Where are you from?
    Her: Hungary
    Me: 🤦🏼‍♀️

    I had a long day today again, at 9 hours. Over 30km in the cold and then the heat. I’ve got something weird happening to my feet! They are so swollen, feel bruised, and have rashes that creep up my legs. Gross! Not sure what is happening. Trying new things tomorrow to hopefully fix it.

    Exhausted. Going to bed.

    PS I ordered breaded chicken breast for dinner. Not sure what I actually got. Made me giggle.
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    Kerry Bear

    https://www.caminocomfort.com/pilgrim-needs-camino-de-santiago/blisters-and-other-discomforts/rash/

    7/13/21Reply
    My Camino

    Thank you Kerry! I think the rash is a hikers rash! It’s gone this morning. Now I have bad swelling on the top of my foot! Sprained tendon maybe? Yikes! I’ll rest later. Ha

    7/14/21Reply
    Kerry Bear

    Love your photos and tales from the journey.

    7/13/21Reply
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  • Day14

    Atapuerca 19miles

    July 12 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Mantras
    Continue to process forgiveness
    Look up!
    Even on rainy days, the light is present
    Show compassion and patience to myself and others.
    Breathe.

    Today was a BEAUTIFUL walk through dense forests and scenery reminiscent of a Monet painting. I had the privilege to walk through these canvas paintings all day and it was so peaceful.

    I can feel my body getting stronger and more healthy. It’s encouraging and exciting. My feet are almost blister free and only a tiny bit sore.

    I attempted to process forgiveness today but found it too raw to continue. Unexpected tears were a sign of pending trauma and as I accepted the pain, I also acknowledge the work that still needs to be done….whatever that may look like.

    Throughout the day I kept remembering the feeling of laughter and singing from the previous night and it would bring a smile to my face. I feel good here. I feel strong. I feel hopeful. I am alone and also a part of a Camino community. I have arrived.
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    Kerry Bear

    Blister-free and fabulous!

    7/12/21Reply
    Samantha Canfield

    So proud of you. Miss Tanja and I are seriously talking about doing it together!

    7/13/21Reply
     
  • Day13

    Belorado 9 miles

    July 11 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Mantras
    Patience
    Look up
    I will listen to my body
    I am grateful to my body for carrying me on this journey

    Every step I take is somewhere I’ve never beenI love this. Tonight after the walk, a shower and a nap, was HOURS of singing and dancing with fellow pilgrims! It was a much needed celebration in the spirit of the Camino. I am living my best life right now and I don’t want it to end!!Read more

    Such gorgeous scenery. Love the wildflowers. BTW, you're glowing in your selfies. The Camino is definitely agreeing with you! Hugs to you! [David Christensen]

    7/12/21Reply
    My Camino

    Thank you Dave!!

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  • Day12

    Grañón 18 miles

    July 10 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

    Got Mantras ?
    Enter them here. I’m mantra-less today. Feeling like naming any was too much for me this morning. I didn’t sleep well, despite the awkward kindness shown from my roommate “Kirk.” It was a challenging and long day yesterday and I think today started with a deficit of mental energy.

    Today someone asked me what my Camino journey would be called if it were a movie. I loved this question. The answer for now would be “Staying Found” but it may change as I continue on. I have spent the last 8 years developing and understand my identity outside of being a mom. I like where I’m at, who I am, and where I still need to grow. This trip was not conceived from a place of feeling lost, rather a celebration of being found. It’s one thing to find yourself, and another to maintain it.

    PS I called ahead to the next town and in Spanish, I reserved four beds for my Camino family for tomorrow. I’m so totally bi-lingual now. Ha. Adios.

    PSS this guy is literally carrying a cross across Spain. Whoa! I thought my extra underwear were heavy…

    Total: 137 miles
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    Kerry Bear

    "Feel the ______ and do it anyway." (Fear is the missing word, but you don't seem scared, so choose the word that works.) Keep going, goddess!

    7/10/21Reply
    Wendy Micheau

    You got this, Kris!! My personal fav mantras are: "I am enough" and "All is well." They both help me stay centered and grounded. However, I found this one and it seemed like it might be a good fit for you on the trail: "I create my own path and walk it with joy."

    7/10/21Reply
    DAVID CHRISTENSEN

    Each new day you are becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. Embrace the journey.

    7/10/21Reply
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  • Day10

    Najera 19 mi

    July 8 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    Mantras
    Get out of your own way Kristy Lynn.
    Let go and Hold on.
    Trust yourself.
    Be open.
    Poop BEFORE you start your walk.

    Today was LONG and HOT. I walked with Amelia, my Texan Camino family member. At just 19, she is wise, positive, compassionate, and supported me through the last few rough km’s.

    It’s time for a long nap and shower! Tomorrow will be another long day.
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    "Today it's decided I love myself." I love this <3 [David Christensen]

    7/10/21Reply

    What is the significance of the cloth strips? [David Christensen]

    7/10/21Reply

    Love it! [David Christensen]

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  • Day10

    Logroños 12 miles (100 total!)

    July 8 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Mantras
    Listen to my body.
    Let go.
    Hold on.
    Feel safe to be vulnerable. Be vulnerable to feel safe.
    Keep on moving

    Today was “Serene Solace” as my dad called it. As I left the tiny village this morning, I felt a bit uncomfortable in my body but soon shook the pain.

    I love this journey and the excitement of the unknown, just steps ahead of me. Every turn, every new Camino arrow showing me the way, heading west with the sun at my back….pure happiness. 🌞⬅️

    Today is a TREAT YO SELF day. I’m staying in a private room with a fancy shower and BIG bed with a beautiful balcony looking out over the busy town. Tomorrow will be about 17 miles and I’m ready for it!

    Also I ate 2 donuts, a bag of strange Doritos, 3 café con leches, and a double scoop ice cream cone. #adulting #iburn2000caloriesaday #treatyoself
    #selflove

    PS I hit 100miles today!! 400 to go!
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    Danielle Shaw

    I love your smile here. You are glowing!

    7/8/21Reply
    Naila Lundstrom

    Ahhh! Treat your self day must have felt so nice!! 😍❤️🎉

    7/9/21Reply
    DAVID CHRISTENSEN

    You look so happy, at peace, and rested! The adventure is definitely agreeing with you. Hugs!

    7/10/21Reply
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