Updated: Jan 29, 2019
Have you ever considered collecting blisters as a hobby? Have you ever considered to trade in your contoured visage for a look that resembled a lobster wearing blush? Or perhaps drifting off to sleep to the melodic tones of porcine snores is higher up on your bucket list? Well seven Ros Geal girls thought that this sounded like a plan…
Aoife, Kathleen, Lauren, Mairead, Mo, Paula and Chloe decided to take on the challenge of Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. With a spirit of adventure, a dollop of enthusiasm and a good sprinkling of craziness we decided to plan our trip, book our flights and reserve our albergues.
Excitement bubbled over in RG as our plans became a reality but a sudden pause was called when we had yet to pack our bags with all the essentials and live out of a rucksack for 10 days!!!
The laughs, the moments of insight and sheer joy brought us closer together and will stay with us forever. To all those out there tempted by adventure: ‘Buon Camino!’
Essentials of course being different for each one but somehow we managed to rationalise a hairdryer, a Swiss army knife and enough makeup to provide for all the models at London Fashion Week! After months of planning, anticipation and a morsel of training the end of May finally arrived and us chicas were off to Santiago.
After a day of travelling including an early rise and shine, a pit stop in London and as much coffee as we could muster we arrived in Spain. We started our walk from Sarria, a small town nestled in the Spanish countryside.
We spread our challenge over five days and planned an extra three day city break in Santander to round off our adventure. 108 kilometres, 14 wrecked shoes, 10 Camino passport stamps (we had some eager beavers that surpassed the stamp quota), 7 bursting rucksacks, 5 days and 1 birthday celebration later we arrived in Santiago. A city which offered architectural gems along its meandering streets. After a day spent exploring this magnificent city, marvelling at the Cathedral and attending mass with the other peregrinos we tucked into a delicious Spanish feast; including devouring what felt like a croquette for every kilometre walked and a tortilla for every song sung all washed down with some fruity Sangria.
A nights rest was had and then it was off to Santander for our bonus trip. We arrived in Santander realising that maybe the hobbit look that we had acquired needed to be ousted as we strolled the streets of this elegant city that oozed with Spanish sophistication.
Emergency shopping trips were the order of the day for some while others snapped some top class pics or soaked up the sun. Three relaxing days ticked by as we became familiar with this chic city.
After 10 days our trip came to an end but our friendships continue to grow. The laughs, the moments of insight and sheer joy brought us closer together and will stay with us forever. To all those out there tempted by adventure: ‘Buon Camino!’