“It’s 800 km long!! Are you out of your fr**king mind?!” Pardon my French. But that was my first response when my cell group mate suggested end of last year that I embark on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Northern Spain when I was pondering where in Europe should I go for my annual long haul trip in 2013. Being a big city person (read: New York, London, Vegas, Manchester, et al) , the countryside has never excited me but as I continued to do research for the renowned Camino trek aka The Way of St James, I was intrigued by the history and background and the fact that there will be fascinating architectural sights such as churches and museums – which I like – to be seen along the various scallop-shelled lined routes to the city of Santiago de Compostela where the majestic Cathedral of St James stands.
Thankfully, I found that you need not travel the entire 800km – the longest route which starts from France and arguably requires a good two months to walk. (Other starting points includes from England, north of Spain, Portugal, etc). And you actually need not walk either – you can cycle, ride a horse or donkey, but I’m settled on the “minimum” 100km trek that entitles you to get a certificate of accomplishment, with a guide plus a bus to carry my luggage from village to village. I’m not fit to backpack – although I have been going for 5km walks every weekend in the past 5 months – so I thank God I could comfortably afford a decent tour with good supports to embark on this one-of-its-kind journey.
My 8-day trek starts on Saturday in Sarria, and I pray the good Lord to give me strength and stamina to endure the 15-25 km walks throughout the journey. And that the weather be perfectly fine (it supposed to be air-con weather during autumn). Looking forward to the trip and I hope to blog about something on each day of the trek, so do join me here as I leave my tracks on the Way of St James… 🙂