After

Obviously, my journey is over -at least in the normal sense of the word. I honestly don’t think the Camino can ever be over, but now is not the time for that kind of discussion.

Like I wrote in my last post, I ended it in Pamplona. It was sad, yes, but it was also the best thing I could do. I had a serious injury and I do think that my health is more important than finishing something in pain. It also turned out that ending in Pamplona was a very good idea, for it was there that I found myself thinking freely for the first time in ages. I will walk the Camino -all of it- in the future, but for now, I am satisfied. I crossed the mountains, which was what I longed to do, and I found the answer I’ve been looking for. It was a short walk, but it was a hell of an experience.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading this, and I’ll see you again some day. Perhaps my next blog will be called elcamino2012 or elcamino2013? Time will tell..

Love,

Linda

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So.. yeah.

I’m ending the Camino here, in Pamplona. I’ve thought about what the doctor said and I’ve spoken to my friends and family, and I’m sure my health is more important. I will however have to travel around half of Europe (including Paris -my favourite city!) in order to get to Sweden, so I have no idea when I will get home. My knee hurts like hell. I hope it will get better so I can visit my favourit place in Paris (Jardin des Tuilleries), but right now I can hardly walk at all. I am really glad I didn’t keep walking; there is no way I would have made it; not even an hour more.

Jag avbryter El Camino har i Pamplona. Jag kommer dock behova resa over halva Europa for att komma hem, inklusive Paris -min favoritstad! Jag hoppas att mitt kna blir battre sa jag kan besoka min favoritplats i Paris (Tuilerierna) men just nu kan jag knappt ga. Jag ar glad att jag inte fortsatte vandra; det finns inte en chans att jag klarat ens en timme till.

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Hurt

I’m hurt. At first I thought it was my foot, but it turned out my knee is in even worse shape. I tried to walk the remaining ten kilometers to reach today’s goal, but I couldn’t even walk 500 meter. I took a taxi into Pamplona and met a fellow pilgrim who is also a doctor, and he said I shouldn’t walk the rest of the Camino.

Honestly, it’s sad, but I’m still proud. I crossed the mountains, which is what I’ve been longing to do, and even if I have to go home now I am still happy I did this. I do want to continue, but I don’t think it’s worth ruining my knee for.. oh we’ll see. Right now I am at the train station in Pamplona, trying to figure out what to do.

Jag ar skadad och har riktigt ont i knat. En lakare jag traffade pa sa att jag inte borde ga resten av El Camino. Jag tog en taxi till Pamplona och sitter nu pa tagstationen har och forsoker fundera ut vad jag ska gora. Aven om jag maste aka hem ar jag dock stolt -jag har korsat bergen till fots och det var det jag langtade mest efter.

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St Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles

I am.. exhausted. My feet hurt, I am cold due to massive rain attacks for the past six hours and I am staying at a hostel where the rooms have no doors. But the most intense feeling is pride and “wow, omg”. I have actually crossed the mountains! I have walked 27 kilometers, of which 22 was just uphill (and no small hills either!), and the worst is now behind me. This has without a doubt been the toughest walk ever, but the scenary.. wow. That’s what makes me go “omg”. I have taken hundreds of pictures, and erased most of them. There is no pictures in the world that could do justice to what I’ve seen. It was foggy and rainy the whole day, and it was still more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I don’t really know what to say except.. wow.

Other than that, due to the rain it was really slippery up in the mountains. I fell and scraped my hand against barbed wire -aow! And yes, I did clean it right away. I now have a mark across my palm, but I think it will go away in time. Right now though, I can’t stand thinking of time. I just want to sleep. Goodnight!

Jag ar helt slut. Mina fotter gor ont, jag fryser och jag bor pa ett hostel dar det inte finns nagra dorrar. Den starkaste kanslan ar dock “wow”. Jag har korsat berg till fots! Jag har gatt 22 km, varav 22 var uppforsbackar (och inga sma sadana heller!) och det varsta ligger nu bakom mig. Det har har utan tvekan varit det tuffaste jag gjort rent fysiskt, men utsikten var helt otrolig. Jag har tagit massa bilder och sedan raderat de flesta, for det finns inga bilder i varlden som kan gora rattvisa at det fantastiska scenario som legat framfor mig. Det har varit dimmigt och regnigt hela dagen, och det var anda vackrare an jag kunde forestalla mig.

Forutom det kan jag meddela att det var valdigt halt i bergen och att jag foll och skrapade upp min hand pa staltrad. Ja, det gjorde ont och ja, jag tvattade saret med desinfektionsmedel. Jag har nu ett stort marke tvars over handflatan, men jag tror att det forsvinner med tiden. Just nu orkar jag dock inte tanka pa tid, jag vill bara sova. Godnatt!

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Tomorrow is the day!

(English summary below)

Känslor av overklighet och nervositet kombineras och smyger sig på mig. Allt är inhandlat och nedpackat, och ikväll åker jag till Skavsta för att tillbringa natten där innan jag flyger till Biarritz imorgon bitti. Just nu är planen att ta mig till St. Jean Pied de Port så fort som möjligt och ha en lugn eftermiddag och kväll för mig själv. Jag vill hinna njuta av mitt älskade Frankrike innan jag lämnar det! På fredag ska jag börja vandra, och sedan.. ja, det får tiden utvisa. Jag vet inte hur länge jag kommer vara borta, vad jag kommer göra och se, vilka jag kommer möta eller hur det kommer kännas. Jag vet inte mer än jag måste för att överleva -och jag skulle inte vilja ha det på något annat sätt. Jag behöver den här tiden för att koppla av och inte planera allt hela tiden. Kontroll i all ära, men om jag inte tvingar mig själv att släppa den ibland kommer jag driva mig själv till vansinne.

Jag vet alltså inte heller när jag kommer ha tillgång till internet, men det märks nog. Jag kommer medvetet försöka undvika kontakt med människor utanför El Camino, vilket alltså innebär att min mobil kommer vara avstängd ganska ofta och att jag inte kommer utnyttja internet vid varje ledigt tillfälle. Däremot ska jag försöka blogga ett par gånger, och om någon behöver nå mig är sms det överlägset bästa sättet. 

Vi hörs!

I’m nervous. I’ve packed everything and will  fly to Biarritz tomorrow. I’ll be spending tomorrow afternoon in St. Jean Pied de Port and enjoy France before Friday, when I’ll start walking. I don’t know when I’ll be able to update the blog, and my cell phone will be switched off, but people can always text me if they feel the need to do so. I’ll try to write something at least a few times, but I’ll have to see what happens.. enjoying the Camino is more important than writing about it :)

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One week!

Reality is catching up on me, and the past few days has been filled with thoughts like “what have I gotten myself into” and “I decided to do WHAT now?“, and I’m freaking out a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited, but.. walking 780 kilometers in Spain, in the middle of summer? It makes me sound crazy. But crazy is good sometimes.. and honestly, if I’m gonna have a summer of poverty, I might  as well make sure I have fun along the way ;)

My flight arrives at Biarritz airport at 11.00, which means that I’ll be in France by this time next week.. I really don’t think I can believe it until I’m actually there, but I’m getting nervous now. And excited. And nervous again. But mostly excited ;)

I’ll be walking along the red trail, and I borrowed the picture from google as usual :)

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18 days

I feel really disoriented right now. School is keeping me busy, the financial issues are huge and extremely worrying and everything around me is just weird. And in the middle of this, I keep counting the days until I get to see my beloved France again. 95% of the Camino is in Spain, but I’ll start in France and I can hardly wait. I love traveling and seeing new things, but except for Paris, I’ve never been to the rest of France. I’m really looking forward to seeing St. Jean Pied de Port!

Mountains surrounding St. Jean. Beautiful, isn’t it?

(picture borrowed from google)

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One month left!

Today is the ninth of May, which means it’s only one month left until I leave! I can’t even begin to describe the feelings I have. It’s so unreal.. but amazing. These days, I just walk around smiling all the time because it’s so close.. and it’s actually happening. I was kind of afraid to talk about it too much, in case something would happen, but in the same time I knew I had to push myself by talking to people about it -hence the start of this blog. And now, here we are, in the beginning of May.. with just a month left. I can’t wait!

Picture from google, as usual, and it’s taken somewhere along the Camino. It looks like a painting, doesn’t it? It’s so beautiful!

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Shoes -and a spork!

I bought the shoes a few days ago, and they feel great! They’re grey with pink details though, and my backpack is red/grey.. well, matching colors will have to wait until I get back. I suppose the shoes will get dirty anyway, probably even the first day since I’ll be walking in the mountains a lot..

Anyway. When I was out shopping, I found this:

It’s called a spork! I think that’s kind of hilarious.. I didn’t actually buy one, but I’m considering it. They were cheap, and it’s like a fork, knife and spoon in one.. haha, I might as well go all out and make sure I feel like a camping 10 year-old :P

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June 9..

.. is the day. Yep, that’s right -I bought a flight ticket, and a cheap one as well! I’ll be flying from Skavsta (outside Swedish capital Stockholm) directly to Biarritz, France, where I’ll arrive at 11.00. From Biarritz, I will have to travel by bus to Bayonne, and then find a train to St Jean Pied de Port. I’ll probably be staying in St Jean until the next day and rest before I start walking :)

This feels so unreal.. I can’t even begin to describe it. It feels wonderful too, but still.. so unreal. So not like something I would do. So much like everything I would do. If there’s anyone who would do something crazy like this -walk through a country with not nearly enough money- it’s definitely me. I’m kind of wondering what I’ve gotten myself into, but there’s no turning back. I’m gonna do this, and even though I know it’s gonna be terrible, it’s also going to be amazing. It just feels.. right.

Six weeks and six days left!

(picture borrowed from google)

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