Starting our Van Life....

Ok, so my boyfriend and I decided to do something crazy. Something so out there and far from the norm that I thought it would be cool to write it down and look back on when I'm old and wrinkly. We have decided to declutter our lives and pack up only the essentials, our pups, and venture out in his trusty ProBros van and see the world. That's right folks, we are going to embark on the Van Life. This is something that we have been talking about for over a year now and we just got tired of waiting for the "perfect" circumstances to make that first leap.

Ever since being back from my Camino de Santiago hike and walking almost 500 miles across northern Spain, we have really changed our goals and mindsets and we have decided to opt for experiences and quality of life over material possessions.

 

Taking that walk was life changing.                                                                           Logroño, Spain.   

Taking that walk was life changing.                                                                           Logroño, Spain.   

Thus, we set the D-Day to June 6, 2017 and although that is still 6 months out, I think that gives us enough time to find someone to rent our house to, arrange our van for sleeping and living (stay tuned for that) and save up as much money as possible till then. We are going to have this blog and a video blog keeping record of every step of the way and all our adventures thru this vast country and maybe even Central and South America. 

 Stay tuned and if you wanna follow and see how we do, like us!

A dream come true. Walking Spain's camino Santiago de Compostela, week 3

Pro Bros very own globetrotter Samantha Gonzalez is on a 450 mile hike across nothern Spain walking the Camino De Santiago, also known asSt. James Way of Compostela.  She is on her third week and more than half way done with her trek.

day 1 of my walk at the top of "la loma del perdon" just outside Puente de reina, Spain

day 1 of my walk at the top of "la loma del perdon" just outside Puente de reina, Spain

This has been an amazing and challenging trip. I have always been an outdoorsy kinda girl and took solace in the fact that no matter how extreme the situation was that I got myself into, I always felt that I concoured it. Whether it was an 11 day silent meditadion retreat into the deepths of my mind while sitting in lotus for 3 hrs without moving, or emersing myself in a 28 day yoga bootcamp-like YTT in Thailand where I would basically be doing yoga for 10 hrs a day, I have never understaken something as massive and exhausting as The Camino.

It is monster all on its own. Blisters, aches and pains become your faithful companions and massaging, rubbing ointments on wounds or sores, and sharing battle scars become a nightly ritual. But as many hardships that the camino might give, the blessings are tripled.

The experiences the camino offers are boundless and run deep. Each one intimately personal while at the same time incredibly impersonal.

I feel extremely blessed and fortunate to have not just the time and funds to do the camino, but have the support group that I have at home and also to have had the hard and not so pleasant life experiences in my past that have led me here where I am today.

A storm's a brewing in Sahagun.

A storm's a brewing in Sahagun.

Loving the sunrises and sunsets on this walk. So many beautiful and different landscapes with incredible views. 

 

Google maps image of the two travel points. Pamplona Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

Google maps image of the two travel points. Pamplona Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

 These are the two points that Samantha will be walking over the course of 5 weeks, making it a hike of over 450 miles. 

Sahagun's Sunset

Sahagun's Sunset

The skies here are truly something special on the camino. Everyday is a celestial masterpiece and the artist seems to spare no expense in showcasing his genius. So breathtaking, that trying to capture such beauty and majesty with a picture is kinda silly. But non the less, I try, jaja.

Burgo's cathedral

Burgo's cathedral

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos.