April 30, 2018
Three years ago today, I packed my backpack and got my passport stamped for my first trip ever outside of the US for the Camino de Santiago.
Over the next 32 days it took us to walk 500 miles across Spain, we met the most amazing people along the way. I found a love for chocolate croissants, Bueno Bars, cows and typically ended my days with a cold Coca-Cola and Chips Ahoy.
Our first day consisted of feeling completely out of shape, 15 miles, pouring rain, wind that made you feel like you’d be thrown off the mountain, sleeping in a shipping container box and fish for dinner that looked like it came straight off the hook. Whattttttt da heck was I doing?!
We somehow managed to walk across all of Spain only following yellow arrows. Crazy. I learned how to sleep in a room with dozens and dozens of people snoring, used socks at gloves, learned how to wash my underwear and socks when I showered and use community bathrooms with men and women. Most days consisted of 15 miles, but we had a few 25 mile days when the town we planned to stay in had no room.
If you need to add something big to the bucket list, The Camino de Santiago was one of the coolest experiences I’ve EVER had. I’d be happy to help if anyone has any questions about it! DO IT.
*All pictures taken on whatever cool iPhone was out in 2015..