Day 30 – Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

So it has happened! Le has her first blister!! And it was SELF-INFLICTED! How you ask?

She was putting on a Compeed to protect a tender part of her toe but didn’t apply the plaster smoothly. The crease in the plaster ended up causing the friction and therefore the blister… GRRRRR!!

Oh well, we can still smile so it can’t all be that bad! Today was a 21km or so walk which seemingly doesn’t appear far compared to our longer days but it technically is still physically hard. We had gradual inclines, which are getting easier so we MUST be getting fitter 🙂

We have run into a few people that we have met earlier in the trip so it’s comforting to know we are still running into people we know. But we are meeting people who started on Sept 14 which is 9 days after we did – shows how slow we are going.

But we have an excuse, we are taking our time and we are stopping to smell the roses (well, we might literally will if we ever come across any). We are making sure we say hello to everyone we pass and we want to ensure that the upbeat energy we started off with is maintained – and naturally it has 🙂

Today once again was a beautiful day on the road. Different yet again from anything we have seen.

Different flowers, different trees, different scenery… and each time we think how beautiful it is.

We think of all the wonderful people we meet – everyone on the Camino is sweaty, tired, sunburnt or dusty. No one walking the Camino looks glamorous but no one cares! Beauty means a completely different thing on the Camino. Beauty is what is around us – beauty is what is within all the fabulous people we have befriended!

In a society where we place such importance on appearance, everyone should come on the Camino and walk 20+ km willingly and see whether looks matter anymore after that .

We need to learn to look beyond what we see – it is quite easy to make things look pretty. A pretty house can get a new fresh coat of paint, a garden can have already-blooming flowers planted – but if we looked inside the house, and there is no furniture or walls are cracking and if we looked closely at the garden and it is really full of weeds. Are those things pretty anymore? Probably not because things can look appealing from the surface but deep down be in a lot of trouble or carry a negative energy.

But if we look at that house closely we may find something more… like the fact it has character! Or that the garden just hasn’t been well-maintained but in fact has a lot of beautiful flowers that have been covered by the weeds.

We need to dig deeper and not take everything for face value. We need to rid ourselves of thinking appearance is important and is what makes the world go round. We need to not pass judgement purely on appearance! Search to find the beauty because it is out there in everyone and everything!





6 thoughts on “Day 30 – Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

  1. Melinda Lusmore says:

    Glad you are sticking with your own pace and resisting any pressure (probably from yourselves) to speed it up. Lots of people have much less time away from work and no option but to finish in a certain number of days. But that’s not you – so enjoy taking the time you’ve got.
    Another lesson perhaps in not comparing our own progress with everyone’s elses. Perhaps they fall into bed each night wishing they were on your schedule 🙂
    Good luck with the blister Le, hope it heals soon.


    • Thanks Melinda! Yes, we certainly learnt that lesson in the first few days -Day 3 in fact about not comparing ourselves 🙂 and another one on Day 9 about everyone is at different stages….. and that is natural 🙂
      Blister is looking pretty good this morning!!

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  2. D says:

    Interesting journey in spite of the blisters and all the other pains along the way but like you said you can still smile so it means the desire to achieve greatness has not falter yet or will never will till the end.
    Take your time, I am enjoying reading and looking at your photos it’s like I am traveling with you day in day out.
    I pray for your success beautiful people 🙂


    • Wow – what a touching comment. Thank you so much for taking the time to share these lovely words. It is very kind of you to say what you have. And our journey on the Camino is almost coming to an end. Can’t believe that we have only about 10 or so days left to walk. Incredible how time is flying yet stands still if that makes any sense 🙂

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