First of all, I am not by any chance a pro photographer, nor do I own a good camera (and on the Camino de Santiago specifically I was using an old phone’s camera).
Second thing I have to mention about this post before you go through is that those picture are mostly of people, friends I’ve made on the Camino, so while the post in general might not be very interesting for most of you, each one picture of those holds a great memory in it, and always brings a smile to my face!
Cooking in Zubiri
I have mentioned this story before, this was the day I started making friends on the Camino, and started talking and interacting with people, and found out there are many interesting people walking with me. It was Jenny who took the first step in inviting everyone to eat together, she cooks 😀
After dinner gathering
It was the same day we cooked dinner in Zubiri, everyone was talking with all, plus some wine to break the ice between all the solo walkers. It was also in that gathering I met Ismael, the great Camino advisor.
Lunch above the mountains
Crossing the second set of mountains in Spain, We had a stop on top of them for sandwiches. I had learned while crossing the first mountains to eat good for energy. These are some of the best friends I made on the Camino, and this was one chilli tuna sandwich! Damn those Mexicans! Haha
Cooking in Estrella
This time, Yannik was a little bit more creative than our everyday pasta with meatballs, instead we had fish. He’s a very good cook, and this was a very nice meal, with loads of people eating together (also you have to remember, the more people eating, the cheaper it gets!)
Rest before Torres del Rio
This day is very special for me because of the mood I was in, I was feeling very good, very positive, and willing to walk more and more, spreading that energy to others who were walking with me at that day (Linda and Chabelo, from the lunch above the mountains 2 pictures ago:D). At that specific moment though, I was really thirsty. Luckily, I didn’t have to suck on pebbles because a friend was just filling the bottles inside a nearby bar
(Notice how dirty the shoes are, with the yellow arrow in the background. I love this picture)
Dinner at Torres del Rio
This was the first time to get actually drunk on the Camino, Bernardo borrowed a guitar from the owner of the restaurant and started playing, and Chabelo sang (he’s not good, he doesn’t know it yet:D). This was a very fun afternoon, with a very good atmosphere, and a while later all the tables at the restaurant of this small town joined us singing a clapping along
This was the first Donativo dinner I had, for free, at the pilgrim house in Logrono, well it was for a donation, so not totally free, but you are free to donate or not 🙂 It had a very nice spirit to it, which made me love the Donation houses (besides being cheap I mean, they really have a nice atmosphere, always)
Blister popping by the magic river
Someone told us this river is known to have magic effects on pilgrims’ feet, magic water. Well we enjoyed a break there, some of us soaking their feet in the magic river, others (Bernardo) getting someone to pop their blisters for them! And yes every pilgrim gets their fair share of blisters along the Camino, you can say it is a part of the experience 🙂
Post Card to Germany
This is Linda’s postcard, to her mother. When she didn’t know what exactly to write about how she’s doing, she decided to include Chabelo’s “wise words” instead.
There is only one Religion: Love
There is only one Language: the Language of the Heart
There is only one Race: Humans
There is only one God: He is Everywhere
It was funny, and I’m sure her mother was proud, seeing her daughter is becoming very spiritual!
(Translations of the rest is always welcomed, unless you figured out it is really personal. I have no idea!)
Healthy Dinner on the Camino
This was in a nun’s pilgrim house I remember, everyone was sick of the daily meal: Pasta and meat balls, so we decided to have some healthy food instead, Tuna Salad! It was nice, but everyone was still hungry after the meal (or was it just me?)
Happy evening gatherings
This was one of many gatherings in the evening, just chatting and drinking some wine or beers, relaxing after the day’s walk. It was always fun, and it was always one of the times I’d look forward to through the day.
This day was really funny, we started walking before the sun came out, and Johannes was all the time complaining and saying that we were getting lost! “Oh man..No shell?? No arrow?? Chabelo! Have you seen an arrow?? Oh man!! I think we should go back and wait till the sun is out” It was really funny walking with him this time!
581 Km A Santiago
This moment was special because of the day, first of all the sign indicated that we have already walked over 200Kms, which was quite an accomplishment. Second of all, that day I got to meet some new friends which made the following couple of days really special! Just like Gastone who was willing to walk back a distance of 10km to find me
First Coffee Break with the Slow Group
This is one of the most special moments on the camino, it’s the formation of our slow group, right here. This is our first coffee break! Me, Kerstin and Leo! To walk together till the end of the Camino, and also increase in number with some other “slow additions, and even more slow additions.
PS this was also a donativo bar, drink whatever and pay whatever.
Lunch in Fromista
Just another lunch/dinner, in fromista, it was a very tiring to walk there (first day walking with the slow group!) and it was the day I visited the doctor for free, thanks to Bernardo and whatever he said to the doctor in Spanish that I didn’t understand. Probably something like “He is a poor pilgrim from Egypt” haha 😀 I was supposed to pay around 73 Euros or something!
Those were some of my favourite moments on the Camino de Santiago. They do not even compare to the real number of amazing and very special moments that I experienced.
Part II of this post will have more pictures, more special moments, and some very specially funny pictures 😀
What are the most special moments you had on your Camino? or while traveling in general? There are always very unforgettable moments! Share them with us 🙂