Putting our words to practice…

Where do we go post-Camino to have a break and relax? We go to Paris, where else? And moreover, we are hoping that the lessons we have learnt on the Camino have stuck, and where else to practice than a city with 2.2 million people and where 27 million tourists come to visit a year.

Yes, culture shock straight away but this time, we see this city in a completely different light to what we did pre-Camino! Our biggest thrill was getting to eat something that wasn’t “Menu del dia” (i.e. Menu of the Day). We had lots of choice now gastronomically 🙂

We took a day trip to Versailles & you could describe it as a day riddled with challenges that normally we would’ve acted differently. But with only less than a week since completing our Camino, maybe we have faced our first chance to practice what we learnt!

Today we got rained upon, we got blown away, we had to line up for over 2 hours, we were surrounded by hundreds of people squeezing through tiny doorways and we had our train cancelled and needed to find another way back to the hotel.

Not once did we lose our cool and not once did we utter a negative comment and not once did we resent the situation we were in. Hopefully, we are beginning to realise that the negative reactions creates nothing else but pain for ourselves. And why would we choose to do that?

All the while, we accepted the situation we were in and carried on. We saw lots of other emotions in our fellow travellers and we just knew which ones we wanted to be – the happy and carefree ones that don’t let these type of things spoil their experience. Because until we can learn that this is part of the experience, we will never really be happy.


apothecary for the soul

One of the world’s oldest libraries, the library of the Abbey of St Gallen in Switzerland, which we visited today has inscribed in Greek over the entry: “apothecary for the soul”.

Is that suggesting that knowledge heals the soul?

Or that reading provides comfort?

Or that books can make spiritual health better?

Regardless, seeing those words reinforces to us that life doesn’t need to be rushed and that we should make the time to read.

We love reading and it makes us happy but sometimes we make excuses that we are too busy. Not anymore… we should do what makes us happy 🙂

Mahatma Gandhi: a few quotes

Today we drove past Ariana Park in Geneva and saw a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.


Here are some of his rather memorable quotes that will help keep us on track with the project!

Hope you find them as enlightening and enriching as we do:

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words, 
Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, 
Your habits become your values, 
Your values become your destiny.”

So remember to slow down and enjoy your day.

It is only as good or as great as you make it to be!