So we got back from Hawaii, I succumbed to a cold after doing an all-nighter with 3 planes, a van and a long car ride, slept the better part of 2 days, and then went to a Hawaiian themed dance party at a local joint last night! There was a great band and we had so much fun!
Hawaii was really a great start to my trip for many reasons, one being that living with my Mother in a small, somewhat isolated cabin reminded me how used to living alone I have gotten. My Mom is wonderful and it has been so good to spend this time with her, but of course, living in close quarters with ANYONE things start to get on your nerves. A wood-fired Japanese hot tub helped relieve some of the tension, and without a doubt it was good to work on my patience before setting out on a trip that will see me to sharing hostel rooms with 6, 10, who knows how many people!
It has also been wonderful to walk on the beach, hair flowing in the breeze, toenails painted, cute sunglasses, embracing my feminine. Not to mention the gift of time spent with some amazing women, snorkeling, hiking, sunsets on the beach, going to ridiculous yoga classes… I’m so done done done with carhartts and steel-toed boots for a long time!
I’ve started making day by day plans for my walking pilgrimage across France and Spain, which will start on March 26! I connected with a british woman on a Camino de Santiago forum (the internet is amazing) who speaks fluent French and we’re going to walk together for the first couple of weeks, walking from Auch, in the Languedoc region of France which produces one third of their wine grapes (did you know there is a 1.7 billion wine bottle surplus in Europe every year called the “wine lake”?), walking west, south through the Pyrenees, and then to Pamplona where we will meet up with the “Camino Frances,” which is the most popular route to Santiago de Compostela that most of the books and movies are about. Then I’ll walk “by myself” (meaning with however many other pilgrims are on the same daily stage as me) west across Spain to the coast.