Eight days of walking the Camino de Santiago from St Jean teaches you one clear thing, it teaches you that 8 days is not enough. The entire trail will take around 33 days, we planned to do it section by section, one year at a time but at the end of stage one you are left wishing you, like all the others you have met on the route, are continuing to the end.
The views, the tranquility and the companionship you experience whilst walking is uplifting. In these modern times we move at such a pace and every detail of our lives feels disproportionally important. When you walk the Camino everything falls back into perspective. For the next 6 or 7 hours you will walk at your own pace, you will interact with those who pass you or those you pass. Some will be sharing a simple dorm with you tonight, some you will see on the road tomorrow – but you are all travelling together, in the same direction.
Refreshed and fired up by the experience I can’t wait to tackle the rest of the walk, but I suspect that the perfect weather did help to keep my attitude positive. Big tip: avoid the rainy season!
Lake Como in the spring sunshine; the key essentials are to travel up the lake to Bellagio for lunch, climb to the top of the lighthouse over looking the lake and, of course, drink wine in the Piazza whilst watching the sun set.
Cambodia’s story is one of extremes; horror and atrocities blended with the peace and tranquility of Buddhism, a care free attitude to transport and life with few rules and little frustrations, solitude and friendships, and of course – life on the river with its food source and its pollution. Hopefully each of these photos, paired with the one next to it, tells you a story.
The simplicity and relaxed nature of the the lives along the banks of the river mask the poverty and lack of basic necessities in which they live. However I do not think I have met a more content and welcoming nation.