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Monday, September 10, 2007

Camino de Santiago: Lesson One

Lesson one, hard learned as I dig into the provisioning, gathering the 12 lbs I shall honor with a long ride on my back (note to self: please let me keep it to 12 lbs), demanding weights of shopkeepers and webstores, lifting each and every item that comes within a foot of the rapidly filling pack....and doing one heck of an impression of a two pan balance, if I do say so myself.

The lesson? Hard-learned, but true.

Everything weighs something.

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8 Comments:

  • You are doing the Camino??? Where are you starting? when? how long? I'm sooo envious!

    I've been wanting to do it for about 5 years now... I have promised to myself that I'll do it when I finish my thesis.

    Keep us informed of your choice of gear and your plans. I'm super interested!

    PS: I'm also aiming for 12lb bag...

    By Anonymous Alexandra, at 8:50 PM  

  • YES I AM!!

    How cool is that? I'm floating on air, I am. Okay, I'm sure I'll be aching before it's done, but I'n floating now.

    It's partly why I haven't been round the blog. I'm working double time to get my clients all set, but I start the 23rd of September. I haven't quite cemented where....I'd like to start with the Camino Aragonés I think, just because it's quieter, and starts higher in the Pyrenees - a little more east, at Somport. But its first day is a doozy and I'm wondering it it's a good first day for me, we'll see. I hope to end with the walk from Santiago to Finisterre, so I've left 5 weeks ( 5 WEEKS ALEX!! WALKING ACROSS SPAIN!) in all.

    yahoo me.
    ;)
    I shall gather all the Camino wisdom I can for you.

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 9:43 PM  

  • Have just stumbled across your blog and am looking forward to following your footsteps across Spain as well as in Salamanca.

    How does one wish someone a good pilgrimage? Don't break a leg? In any case, rock on!

    By Blogger La Gatita Gringa, at 5:04 PM  

  • Good luck with the Camino.
    In January, when I went to France with Didier, we stayed at a hotel near Cahors which was a stage on the Camino. It was the first time I'd heard of it.
    Very interesting!

    By Blogger Cream, at 10:44 AM  

  • Good luck on your journey! We'll have a toast to you for good luck, sound and healthy feet, and that you may enjoy many toasts along with fellow peregrinos on your journey!

    By Anonymous Diane-Steve, at 8:58 PM  

  • 5 weeks!! wow, I'm sooooo envious! I'm sure you'll have a blast and come back with endless tales. Will you attempt to keep the blog going while on the camino? It would be great if you did.

    The camino aragonês sounds very nice. I thought of doing the bit from Somport until the point where it joins the Camino Frances during my year in Spain, but were not ready then. I think I need to have my mind free of concerns about research, school, jobs, etc before I can set foot on that path... That's why I promised myself I would do it only after I finished my dissertation.

    Ultreya! Buen camino!

    By Anonymous Alexandra, at 5:51 AM  

  • Welcome, Gatita, took me a minute to realize you were the Gatita formerly known as Cat from Rabat, we share mutual friends, you know... Thanks for the visit, and welcome to Spain!
    Yep, Alex, I'm with you on the mind free of concerns. Part of what makes this my moment is that --- no work worries while I go, no mortgage, just me at a crossroads and a nice blank page. :)
    I hope to blog now and then- That said, as you can see I'm having trouble getting here already, with the work-finishing and mochila provisioning....

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 3:29 PM  

  • Thanks Diane and Steve!! I've used every bit of your good advice on what to bring...

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 3:44 PM  

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