The first step on the way ..... and starting most days with a stunning sunrise... (How many of us, in our busy lives, see a sunrise every day?)
Yellow arrows and shell markers that lead the way ... you rely heavily on these and once back in your own suburb or city, you find yourself still searching for arrows and your heart misses a beat when you glimpse a yellow blotch on a street. Crosses are found all along the camino - they are a testament to the passion of those who went before and even though I am not religious, I find crosses to be a comfort symbol - a warding off of evil spirits perhaps! Breathing in fresh mountain air ..... no pollution, traffic, billowing chimneys, just clean air.
Spectacular wildflowers in the spring
and deep blue skies with white jet stream trails
Quaint villages and tiny pueblos with straw and mud buildings
Romanesque churches and ancient monuments
Singing for your supper in a renovated church Caring hospitaleros at the pilgrim refuges
Approaching the last village of the day as though you have come home
The freedom of walking every day, leaving yesterday behind, no concern for tomorrow.
The simplicity of a physically strenuous but uncomplicated lifestyle
Stepping off the treadmill of our ‘real’ life, with no television, telephones, newspapers, meetings, deadlines or bills to pay.
Watching a shepherd leading his sheep
Simple crosses in a wire mesh fence
Witnessing the daily progression of dawn to dusk
Walking through history every day
The charm of going back to basics - no en suite bathroom, no electricty, no running water