So here I am walking on the Camino Santiago. So far so good. The weather has been very good for the first two days and also getting to the start was pleasant. I flew into Barcelona, spend a night in an airbnb, then the next day I took the train to Pamplona and the bus to the traditional start of the Camino: St Jean Pied de Port. Every day between 300 and 400 pilgrims start from there. My first evening meal opposite my hostel was fun. I shared the table with a young man from France and a Basque couple. Next day up at 6:30 am, quick breakfast and then 27 km and 1200 metres up a pass over the Pyrenees. So happy when we finally arrived at the old monastery in Roncesvalle. Impressive organization and logistics to get 300 people a bed (in compartments of 4) and sell tickets for the pilgrims menu. Beautiful meal at a long table with fellow pilgrims. We had paella and trout and a dessert. Pilgrims eat well it seems.
Today I walked ca. 20km mostly downhill to a little town called Zubiri. Found a small hostel and am sharing my room with 3 pilgrims from Korea.
Yesterdays climb I can still feel in my legs. My new shoes are not as comfortable as I would like them to be. I have a blister under my foot. And I find my backpack too heavy. Still dealing with wanting/needing some luxury stuff … have to let go some more.
Not much heaven and earth practice yet as my feet and legs were hurting. I did practice the Padmasambhava mantra though to get me up and down the hill. Works really well and some friendly chats with new friends on the way.