Hola everyone, I am still alive and still walking. It’s now day 21 and I only have 202km left. The last ten days have being magical, mystical, mysterious, beautiful and adventurous. In 21 days I have tried 21 different showers, slept in 21 different beds and visited at least 50 different bathrooms (outdoor included), seen over 100 different villages with 7 major cities, tried all the different crossoints/pastries possible, being full from bread way too many times, drank all types of vino and climbed and trekked the most beautiful regions of North Spain. I have also seen more churches in 21 days then I have in 26 years. Spain do truly have the most unique churches in the world. Also, I have walked by many medieval towns that are all made from stone and still have the castle standing.
In Leon, I came across my favourite architecture (Gaudi’s) building and visited one of the most famous Cathedrals in Spain. Walking into the Gothic Cathedral I was taken back by all the colours and thousands of stained glass which had paintings from the 12th century. Then came Astorga, my favourite town/city so far. After walking in the farm fields, we came across this huge cross on the top of the mountain which overlooked this gorgeous city. Astorga is famous for it also having a spectacular castle created by Gaudi AND it’s the chocolate capital of Spain – with it’s own chocolate museum! After Astorga it just got even more beautiful because we climbed the highest mountain of the Camino which was over 1,500 meters. When we got over 1,100 meters we stayed in the cute village of Foncebadon. Here with my lovely Finnish and very funny amiga I have met Maria, we purchased a bottle of wine, olives and sat looking at one of the most incredible views I have seen on the Camino. I got to write in our book some more and loved every single bit! I am truly in love with our book and hope you all have as much fun as I am! After the bottle of wine and sharing some beers with some great friends Ive met I slept like a baby and the next morning got even better when we went to the very top of the mountain and watched the sunrise which turned the snow cap mountains this purple lavender colour.
Ahhh there is so much more to tell. I wish I could blog everyday, because the most random, funny, hilarious stuff is always happening. However, I can tell you that life is absolutely amazing and it’s nice to be living a life of a pilgrim which is just living on the basics, no luxuries just you and your two feet taking me across the country. It’s crazy to think about it like that, but it’s true. I feel as free as a bird and my body after walking over 580km feels absolutely amazing. No blisters, no pain! It’s incredible how your body adapts to the environment and to the physical endurance. This trek is truly beautiful, everyday something happens out of the ordinary. However, all the people and their incredible stories are definitely the favourite part.