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Lessons from the Camino Via de la Plata a 1000+km journey from Seville to Santiago de Compostela


Embarking on the Via de la Plata, a 1000+km journey from Seville to Santiago de Compostela, marked my fourth Camino adventure.


Walking through the breathtaking landscapes of Spain in April and early May was nothing short of enchanting, with vibrant wildflowers adorning the path and majestic mountain vistas unfolding before me. Yet, amidst the beauty, I encountered my fair share of challenges.


Battling blisters proved to be an unexpected hurdle, temporarily slowing my pace. However, with a new pair of trainers, some painkillers, and a resilient spirit, I pressed on.


The weather, too, defied my expectations, with rain showers dampening my days more often than I had anticipated. While I relish the Spanish sunshine, I learned to adapt, donning my trusty waterproof gear and persevering through the downpours.


Reflecting on my journey, I've gleaned valuable insights, particularly regarding the importance of avoiding burnout. Balancing a demanding schedule of adventures and podcasting duties took its toll midway through the Camino.


Recognising the signs of exhaustion, I paused to reassess my priorities and recalibrate my plans, opting for smaller-scale UK walks to restore balance to my life.


Additionally, the unexpected reach of my social media posts during the Camino underscored the power of community and connection. Engaging with fellow pilgrims online, sharing experiences, and offering support enriched my journey in ways I hadn't anticipated.


Through my digital storytelling, I strive to offer an authentic portrayal of the pilgrimage experience, warts and all.


While social media often showcases the highlights, I believe in depicting the full spectrum of challenges and triumphs that accompany outdoor adventures. From blistered feet to unexpected downpours, each obstacle offers an opportunity for growth and resilience.


The Via de la Plata presents its own set of unique challenges, from longer distances between services to quieter trails. Yet, with careful planning and a flexible mindset, these obstacles are surmountable. Whether walking solo or with companions, at your own pace or pushing your limits, the Camino is yours to tailor to your preferences and needs.


As I continue to explore the world, I encourage you to embark on your own pilgrimage, be it along the Via de la Plata or another inspiring Camino route. 


May your journey be filled with discovery, growth, and moments of profound connection with both yourself and the world around you.



 

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Buen Camino!




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