- The camaraderie that developed in this group of "pilgrims"- not at all religious I might add, the shared picnic lunches and the beautiful scenery. Also the food in the restaurants we went to with the experience of our leader "Nacho".
He literally went twice the distance, shepherding the group, understanding its varying abilities, smoothing the way and instilling confidence whilst generously imparting his vast knowledge of and conveying his understanding of and respect for his country. He has been on the Camino many, many times but still exhibits boundless enthusiasm.
You need to know that some of the distances are quite serious. This isn't an amble or a walk in the park. There is one long downhill stretch - my walking pole was handy here. I was glad of the swimming, pilates and walking I did as training and of my trusty boots and socks as I had no aches and pains or blisters. Some members of the group (September/October trip) were bitten a lot.
Spanish cooks are not used to accommodating vegetarians but, if you are one, I expect you know that. One of the group chose a salad from a menu that said it was vegetarian and it came with ham on it.
Published on: 26 October 2015