I just returned home from another relatively short Camino. Two travel days, one night in Rabanal, one night in Ponferrada, ten days of walking, and two days in Santiago.
I was craving a less crowded walk, so decided to do the Camino Invierno, aka Winter Way, from Ponferrada. This is definitely a less-trodden Camino, but little did I know that I wouldn’t see a pilgrim until the third day! This was by far the most challenging Camino for me because some of the stages were very long, and a few days there were no places to stop. But, I walked through incredibly beautiful landscapes, connected with some locals, and survived some unforeseen challenges. In short, it was a Camino of solitude at the beginning, a test of my fortitude in the middle, but throughout it all, left me with a feeling of extreme gratitude. I will write more about it later. I did some posts on Instagram and Facebook if you want a sneak preview of my adventures and a few pilgrim hacks, see:
Thanks to all those who purchased patches while I was away! I am back to my usual fast turnaround of mailing them within 3-5 business days. As promised, I made a donation to Egeria house from the sales of patches while I was on the Camino. I visited Sybille Yates and met more of the volunteers from the Camino Chaplaincy. I wholeheartedly support what they do, so if you are looking for some Camino camaraderie while you’re in Santiago, or a good cause to donate to, check out Egeria.House
Hasta muy pronto!