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!
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Waiting for the bus
A special moment in a different way, a day I couldn’t step on my foot, I’ll post about the story in another post. But boy did many people take the bus with me that day, and the 6 hours since getting kicked out of the hostel, till I took the bus were so much fun!
10 Km non stop
This day I started walking all alone in the morning while it was still dark. I can also make a whole post about this day, but in short, I walked 10km non stop to this town. The moment in this picture was special because if I had to walk 10 more minutes without having a break I would’ve started crying haha. I couldn’t wait any longer to have a break!
A very special night that happened by total chance, thanks to the weird weather, it was the night before Elin was waiting for us in Foncebadon!
Also that pizza was weird, I don’t know if that hammer was just to cut it, or to throw it at the cook in case you don’t like it! It was funny. And the whole night was nice with band, the dancing, the drinking, and then drunk karaoke 😀
El Camino Duro, the top
It was us, the slow group, who decided to walk el Camino Duro. When the camino took 2 different directions, one easy beside the highway, and the other one longer, steeper up and down above some mountains, we took the Duro (Hard) one. This was a very special moment on top of it. It was the same day we stole the dog of the only pilgrim we met on that part of the Camino. (And gave it back later:D)
Chris the King
First of all you have to know how we met Chris. How he is always coming up with weird things at weird moments. And always funny! Here, though, there is not much to say except that we haven’t done laundry in a couple of days, until our backpacks were full of dirty clothes. So there he is, wearing his sleeping bag!
I, behind the camera, was wearing swimming shorts and a jacket. No clean t-shirts. And later on, they were going out for dinner and I couldn’t walk with them so I stayed, and Elin took my jacket from me because she was washing hers 😀 she gave me a girly top in return, saying it’s ok, there are no other people at the hostel so no one cares if I wear a girls’ top that is too short for me 😀
Which means 4 days left of walking to Santiago de Compostela. New guide books say, however, that this sign is not correctly placed, and that at this point, 106.5 Km are actually left. Bite me! It’s a happy moment whether they like it or not!
Beer Power hour
Remember the mover Beer fest? This was something similar. An American, a Swedish girl, Germans, lots of them (I was happy drinking my wine). Everyone lost, no one completed the hour. But last man standing was Johannes! Germans and beer. No question 😀
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA!!
This moment speaks to itself! We are here. The slow group. The fearless Children of B****es made it all the way across Spain!
Getting drunk after the Camino
In Santiago de Compostela. I have a post about this evening scheduled for sometime later. But let me just say that this night was really one of the best nights all over the camino. So much drinking. So much singing in the streets. Music playing. Laughing. Eating. And more drinking. It is just indescribable!
In the second picture, out of nowhere, Bernardo was there, while we haven’t met him in days because he was walking ahead of us, we find him strawling down the street alone. He just came back from finisterre! What a happy coincidence!
Drunk Smiles, with Jean-Claude
This is Jean-Claude. I met Jean-Claude in the first days of walking, I think in Pamplona or one day before Pamplona. He’s a very nice Canadian, who spoke very wisely and gave great advice J It was a pleasure meeting him. We stopped meeting, however, in Hontanas, because the following day we walked only 13Km and he continued to walk normal lengths. Re-united in Santiago de Compostela though, it was a very happy moment to see him once more!
A ride home
Being slow, having swollen legs, and a couple of blisters is one thing. Being drunk is another thing. Both of them together means not being able to walk from the bar back home. And that was Robert came in with an offer to carry me back to the hostel.
No words to say. No words can explain what this place means to a pilgrim who has started walking from the Eastern borders of Spain, and reached the Atlantic Ocean, “The end of the world”, the most western point in Europe (thought so in the older ages, now they discovered it is not 😀 what a bubble burster!)
It is a pilgrim’s ritual, that when they reach Finisterre, they burn their clothes. That is a picture of the most special moments during burning our clothes, burning my boxers. Fire was green, and there was some popping sounds too. Toxic stuff! Haha
It is the last picture of that post, it was the last picture taken on my Camino. It was right before getting in the car that will take me to the airport to go to Barcelona. One of the saddest moments, yet I’ll always remember it, and everyone with a smile.
Now the “Special Moments” pictures have ended, but this is by no chance all the special moments I have encountered on my Camino. The Camino was very special, every single moment of it. Many of the very special moments were not captured on pictures. And those are only the pictures that could be shown. Some special moments with pictures can not be posted in public 😀
Anyway, I am just thanking everyone I have met on the Camino for making it very special. This post, while it might not be very interesting to many people, I have promised myself to do it as a tribute to the amazing people I met. Thank you all 🙂
There will be other post in the series “Camino in Photos”. More to come soon about land scapes and un-miss able spots and landmarks (or camino marks)
Stay posted 🙂
Have you walked el Camino? Share your stories of how it was very special!