Follow the entire Camino in under one second per kilometer (without any blisters or sore muscles). Turn up the volume, prepare yourself for lots of walking and join me on this wild ride that will stay in my heart forever. Hope you guys enjoy it!
Back home. What a difference a month makes. For years I had this idea of walking the Camino in the back of my head - now the time was right. Out of a thirst for adventure, the feeling of freedom, and the challenge to travel with minimal equipment - this journey turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I like the highly optimistic, positive me I have become. Over 900 km, wonderful new friendships, so many precious memories, and the hope that my new mindset will stand the test of time and reality. Buen Camino!
Nobody wants to leave the Camino adventure but real life is calling: In the morning, I board a plane back home and look back on Santiago de Compostela one more time. True to the name of my hostel, last night I got "The Last Stamp" and my Camino passport ("La Credencial") is now filled with an impressive array of stamps. Aren't there some real gems in here? 🙂
This beach at Cape Finisterre must be the one with the highest shell density I've ever seen - one pilgrim mussel next to the other. That should fulfill my souvenir duty ;). Here we spend another beautiful day relaxing in the sun before I have to say farewell and head back to Santiago de Compostela in the evening. By bus I might add, enough is enough ;).
We officially end our Camino at Cape Finisterre with a beautiful, lazy day on the spectacular beach and a stunning sunset at the rocks that once symbolized the end of the world. And at night we readily join in on the traditional ritual of burning some clothes to celebrate this truly special and sentimental moment. - Who needs a second pair of socks anyway? 😉
It's time to say goodbye - for many of my friends the Camino ends in Santiago. I'm so grateful for the wonderful time we shared - thank you all! Some of us continue - Jörg, Kathi, Martha, and I take the bus to Cee to walk the final 16 km to Cape Finisterre together. My second arrival at the end of the world finally feels right: Surrounded by friends :).
After arriving at Cape Finisterre last night, I lose no time and head back to Santiago by bus. My glucose sensors sent from home are waiting there. In the previous days, I managed to survive with only three measurements a day ... a lot of guesswork compared to the 12+ at the beginning of my journey - other diabetics will understand. And on an equally happy note: I'm with my friends again!! Felix, Ferry, Ines, Jörg, Kathi, Martha, Matthias, Nina and Torsten arrived in Santiago in the meantime - what a wonderful evening together! 🙂
The end of the world. At least that's what people standing here thought a couple of hundred years ago. It wasn't planned, but after another 61 km I reach Cape Finisterre :). Seeing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time after walking across Spain felt absolutely amazing! I finally reach the lighthouse with the 0.00 km mark at 10:45 p.m. :). Nevertheless, arriving alone doesn't feel right and something tells me that this still might not be the end of my journey...
Can you get addicted to walking the Camino? Gosh, it feels great to be on the road again! While most pilgrims stop in Santiago, I want my journey to finish at the "end of the world", and embark on another 100 km to Cape Finisterre. These feet are made for walking... and today it's a leisurely stroll to Vilaserío, 36 km from Santiago, with long breaks and interesting new acquaintances :).
Santiago de Compostela - I did it! 🙂 The silent and sentimental atmosphere is gone once you are in front of this iconic cathedral. Pilgrims are cheering and celebrating everywhere, and the queue to pick up "La Compostela! - the official certificate - is long. With 800 km behind me and lots of experiences richer, I already have plans for tomorrow: Santiago is not the end of my journey, I am going to continue to the ocean, to Cape Finisterre - the end of the world :).