Saturday, May 30, 2009

Many days of walking

We walked through rain and sun with only a few internet cafes, some that didn´t work. As a group we don´t get going on the path until around 9 or 9:30am after breakfast and cafe con leche. We tend to walk until 7 or 8pm at night. Last night as we arrived into town and as we passed the full municipal albergue, the pilgrims waved throught the window at us like we were some kind of a parade... some even took photo´s of us. I suspect we are a bit of a novelty on the Camino telegraph. We are laughing at everything. Take many breaks. We sleep in and walk at our own pace, behind everyone else!!

Paul has really bad blisters. Vanda has a couple of small ones. We did blister surgery this morning and they seem to be fine. Wendy is using a purple umbrella to keep the sun off her. Sarah tends to dress in green so she´s easy to find on the path. Linda is almost always last although Paul is just ahead of her. This is an amazing group of people to walk with. I´m loving it!!!

We only have 52kms to Santiago now. Just finished lunch in Melide. Had pulpo (octapus) Wow.
Will try to write more soon.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Day 1 on the Camino

Yesterday, I read a the final draft of the screenplay version of My Camino that I´ve co-written with another special pilgrim in my life, Bruce Pirrie, so it´s fitting that I find myself on the path again. This time I´m travelling with a group of ´virgin´pilgrims who truly amazing individuals who have no idea what they´ve got themselves into!

Linda, the person who got me started on taking another group to Spain, is from a small town near London called Mitchell and has left Janet at home to fill her days playing golf. Wendy and Paul are a couple from Toronto. At this moment they are driving a rental car from Madrid to meet us in time for dinner. Paul was feeling a little anxious about driving in Europe. Hope they make it safely. Vanda, our Portuguese pilgrim has also left her hubby at home in Toronto. Finally we have an American pilgrim walking with us and her name is Sarah from Colorado.

There is one other pilgrim walking virtually. She is one of the stars of the documentary film Las Peregrinas and her name is Anita Shuper. She´s going to try to walk the same distances we walk everyday on the Camino, only she´ll be trekking around her neighbourhood in Toronto. Buen Camino, Anita!

We are staying at the Hostal Boccalino. Vanda and Linda have gone out walking..already. We are waiting for Sarah to arrive by train and of course the happy couple who are driving. Later will be joined at dinner by another one of my favourite pilgrims, Cathy Gower who´s visiting friends in Spain. Can´t wait to have a real cafe con leche! I´m doing a Vipassan meditation course called a Satipattana after the Camino and I have agreed to the precept to have no alchohol from the date of registration, so I won´t be sampling the Spanish wine. Oh well.
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Till later my friends.