From Leon to Villafranca

Hello my lovelies. I bid you all a good morning from the comfort of my cozy bunkbed as I prepare to sleep before tomorrow's new adventure. Since the last time I checked in, so much has happened. So much has changed. The camino had taught me that it is ever winding and you shouldn't get used to really anything because that's when it shall switch it up on you. From yellow, flat hay fields that stretch out out far as the eye can see, to pine covered mountain tops and lush green trails that seem to touch the sky. The spanish weather is every bit tempered as any latin woman because it switches from one extreme to another quicker than the drop of a hat. During the day, the sun burns and beams down relentlessly for the better part of the whole day. By evening, the winds will have you running to search for that jacket or windblazer that you have to fight the enveloping chill that hits the city by sun down. And just when you feel safe from the horror stories of the night blood suckers that emerge from  the depths of your "prestine" bedding, they strike! I had made it 24 days without incident but, as fate would have it, the camino thought it wouldn't be an authentic camino without running into these little critters at one point or another. My group got ambushed in the town of Villafranca de Bierzo at the most charming of albergues. It couldn't be a more perfect place get hit with bed bugs. The family that owned the albergue was so understanding and accommodating. We felt so comfortable and well taken care of, that it turned out to be one of the best days of the trip. 

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.