02.10.2013 - 02.10.2013
As we had done a long walk yesterday we knew today would be a short walk (only 20 kilometers), so we decided to wake up half an hour later and leave closer to 8am. Today is the seventh day, we have been on the Way for a week, and what have I learned?
I have learned that the blisters on my feet are painful; to carry a backpack can create red marks on my hips; everything that I put in my backpack I have to carry and it has weight, it can be minimal but it has a weight that adds up; I have a new best friend “my backpack”; I do not need too much to survive and can carry less; the experience has been amazing; Spain and the south of France have stunning landscapes; every day the landscape changes and is another magical day; I can walk for six days at around 25 kilometers a day; it is better to start the days early; the last walking hour is the worst time of the day for me; my body tells me when it is enough and needs to stop to recover; I can always ask Simon to carry things for me, but he starts to suffer too and …. complain later.
It has been a wonderful and painful experience, we have met incredible people, each of them with different reasons for undertaking the Camino. Some of them are doing the walk in stages, five days this year, another five next year; … but for us we are going to arrive at Santiago in around 24 days (oh God).
The day was “short” but for me today was quite hard. I am not sure if it was the wine I drank last night, or if it was the weather – it was a really sunny day. Simon walked like a rabbit and I was walking like a turtle. He waited for me two or three time for a long time so I could catch up, but I was so tired. My blisters are better, but I got a new blister on one of my toes, ha ha ha.
The first three hours was between desserts and dry areas, with some great scenery. The other half of the day was between cities; it was probably a reason why I did not enjoy today so much, with all the noise and cars. Our arrival in Logrono took forever, but finally we got there around 1pm.
Logrono is a big city, with an old city inside it and a beautiful cathedral and a street to try the best tapas and wine. We were absolutely blessed to stay with a lovely Spanish family. They were incredible people and they looked after us completely. Lunch and dinner were delicious, we could wash our clothes, and re-organize the weight in our backpacks. They were Spanish angels and they gave us an abundance of energy to carry on our Way.
Unfortunately when we arrived at the house in Logrono we found a message on Facebook from Natalia who said she had been in the hospital last night and her feet were swelling and she had blisters on her legs. I had a hope to meet up with her again on our Way but I never thought it might be in these circumstances. We saw her and she is fine, she just needs a couple of recovery days, and she will probably need to take buses crossing some of the stages to save time and still arrive in Santiago.
It was a really hard decision for me to leave her in Logrono, but I also knew I couldn’t do much. Thank God the family that we stayed with is going with her to see the doctor again tomorrow, and I am sure they will help her to make the best decision about how to continue. Impressive how the body tells us when we are tired and how this expression is different for each of us.
I have been complained about my blisters and hips every day, but it made me realize the blessed persons Simon and I are. Each day when we arrive to hostels or during the day, we have seen how worse some people are compared to us. Some of them have enormous blisters, other have to stop walking for days, weeks or even for longer, some have had serious problems as colds, flu, tummy bugs, etc. Another lesson in this experience for me.