Five More Sleeps: Last-Minute Thoughts and Camino Lingo

Departure day is quickly approaching. Just five days remain until Judi and I start our journey! Both of us have been furiously busy – Judi was in California last weekend for her daughter’s wedding;  I’ve been in Maine and visiting with my mum and my sister Peggy and her husband (who are here from Florida).

Today I’m in Candia, meeting some folks for lunch, picking up Euros from the bank, and rechecking my packing list. To restart at square one, this morning I emptied my fully packed backpack and re-examined the contents.  How did twelve shirts get in there? What on earth was I thinking? No wonder the backpack weighed sixteen pounds, instead of something less than thirteen.  I must remember, “To walk far, carry less.”

Last-minute quandaries:

  • Do I bring pajamas?
  • I hate hats….do I bring a hat?
  • What if my fountain pen leaks in the pressurized cabin of the plane?
  • What if my pack doesn’t fit in the overhead bin?

After the trip is over, I’m sure I will laugh at my fretting over such inconsequential things.

Albergue –  basic overnight facilities with dormitory-type sleeping arrangements, usually bunkbeds; synonyms: hostel, refugio.

Compostela – Literally, field of stars, the Milky Way. Also, a document in Latin which each pilgrim can earn by walking at least the last 100 kilometers or biking the last 200 kilometers of the Camino.

Credential – a small document (see picture above) in which the pilgrim authenticates his or her progress by obtaining stamps (sellos) along the way.

Yellow scallop shells and blazes – Markers to show the way to travel.

Finally, and most important, the phrase Buen Camino, which is the universal greeting along the way: “Have a good walk!”

Thank you, dear friends, for all of your positive wishes. We love you, and buen camino, wherever you go.

– Barb

8 thoughts on “Five More Sleeps: Last-Minute Thoughts and Camino Lingo”

  1. Are you factoring in the weight of food snacks and water? That can easily be 5 lbs.

    At the hostels on the AT, electrical plugs were limited. Unlikely every guest could get 2 plugs overnight. Given that you have phone and iPads that could be a challenge. What most hikers did was carry an Anker 1500 recharge battery. Charge that overnight and then in your pack during the day you can charge multiple devices

    1. You’re right, Tim. We haven’t factored in food and water. And about the charging issue: Thanks to my son, who is my tech advisor extraordinaire, I did buy an Anker recharge battery. I appreciate your feedback! Barb

  2. 12 shirts is a crazy large number of shirts to travel with (as you know). I don’t recall ever seeing pajamas on the camino. I think most people sleep in a t shirt and underwear. But if you want to bring pajamas and then find they’re not needed you can ditch them along the way.


    1. Too funny Dad!!!! How are you faring now that you have total control of the house, the food and the TV remote?? Many hugs to you and Ziva.

  3. Loving the chapters andthe comments. Glad to see that Jim and Jesse will provide comic relief since I’m so late to the party!

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