Category: Francine

Little baby goat feet

There is nothing more frustrating than being at odds with yourself. We are staying at the hotel here in Villafranca Montes de Oca because… While it is sunny, it is also black. While there are rainbows, there is rain. And…

The bells of Viana

       The church bells are ringing at Santa Maria down the street. I’m in the Hostal with my foot up listening through the window to their chimes. It is not a sound you hear in the States. There are…

Listen, listen!

  Some lessons of the Camino have to be pounded into your brain.  The first word of the Rule of St Benedict is “Listen”. It’s a rule I struggle to internalize. Listening has never been my strong suit. I could never…

Listen, listen!

Some lessons of the Camino have to be pounded into your brain.  Listening has never been my strong suit. I could never wait for instructions or for people to even finish a sentence. I’m off in another direction by the…

A good rain

ManThis morning we are on our way to Estella. My alarm went off at 6 and again at 6:15. I wandered off to the bathroom to have my customary chat with Raine, via Facebook then came back to wake up…

Itchy feet…

We were supposed to rest today. That did NOT happen. And that’s ok. We had a plan up to Pamplona and now we are just winging it.    Because we moved forward a bit more, instead of staying in one…

… The agony of the feet 

Sometime in February I went too far on my feet and set off a cascade of fascia problems from my Achilles to my plantar muscles. It has been a very challenging road to recovery and my feet are still not…

French sheep say “beh”

We are in France!  After yesterday’s mad dash through Barajas and Atocha to catch our train to Pampona we met our hosts Isvan and Barbara who drove us to their albuergue near Roncesvalles. After rousing dinner conversation and a delicious…

The mad dash and a nap on the train – this is how we go 

Flight delays. More flight delays an that left less than an hour to get from departing out last flight at Barajas to our connecting train in Atocha. Decisions made before we left (regarding checking trekking poles and knives) allowed us…

The Stick-ing Point – Walking Poles and Sticks

To pole or not to pole? How to pole? Do you pole? Pole to Pole? Staff. Hook. Crozier. Stave. Cane. Scepter. Caduceus.   I like my walking sticks. They’re made by Easton and telescope to different sizes. They have rock-lock on them which makes…