Day 43 Santiago – UK

My last night in Santiago included a nice surprise. I had been speaking with two amazing people via the forum since before I began my Camino and I finally got to meet them (sort of). Irene had been following me a couple of days behind for most of my trip and finally caught up to say hello. I was sat having a goodbye drink with Ama and got a message from Irene, she and her fella Bindy were close by and we could meet at last, it also turns out that Carmen (Irene’s buddy) had just started her Camino so we did a video call from the end of the trail to the start and I got to say hello to her as well, I can’t explain. How envious I am of the fun she’s about to experience!

So it ended up that I shared my last evening with Randy, Ama and the Irene bunch. As always the conversation was about feet, food and albergues with rubber pillows. We compared tales of crazy people we’d met, hills we’d nearly died on (although that was pretty much just me) and wether any of us had plans to do something like this again.. the strange thing is that I found myself saying I would. Before I set off I had a feeling it would be a once and once only deal.. it appears not!

Randy and I got back to the room and then the phone rang, Jessie was calling to say hello to Randy and I before we parted ways. Obviously she was missing our world-class witty humour and no doubt our dashing good looks.. it seemed only fitting that it was selfie time!

The last night was behind me, I woke early and Randy and I popped out for a coffee before I hopped on my bus to the airport. I literally couldn’t have asked for a better buddy to walk the Camino with. From staggering up the first hill in St Jean to saying goodbye at the bus stop. The guy is a legend.. I’m trying to talk him into a Randy & Andy tour of somewhere else.. I think it would be crazy not to have another adventure and I’m sure it would make a good blog … R&A tackle Machu Picchu?? R&A do Europe on a 50cc scooter?? The possibilities are endless (suggestions welcome!) .. who knows, maybe more of team tortoise will sign up for the madness.

Well it’s time to jump on the plane, I’ve loaded up on nicotine, my rucksack is no longer strapped to my aching shoulders and England is a couple of hours away. I guess I’ll have to stop calling myself Andy pilgrim Extraodinaire and just be plain old Andy. I hope there’s a burger king in the airport so I can grab a bacon whopper to wipe away the tears.

It’s been a blast!

Andy.

21 thoughts on “Day 43 Santiago – UK

  1. Hi Andy,
    Thanks for all the entertainment you’ve provided over the past few months, and congratulations on completing the mammoth walk. Your posts were very amusing and I always looked forward to reading them. I’d love to do the same trip but have a dog – did you see anyone walking with a dog? I guess there are problems with accommodation along the way. Have a good trip home, and good luck in re-adjusting to life back in the UK. Looking forward to hearing about your next trip.
    Best regards
    Kevin

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    1. Yes there were a few people with dogs.. I guess you’d have to be a bit more on the ball when it came to arranging albergue accommodation but it’s definitely possible.

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    2. When I did my camino in 2015, we saw a few people with dogs. The only thing you have to be mindful of, is if the albergues will take dogs. Most we met camped outside the albergues with their pups, so it’s totally doable!

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  2. Cheers! Have truly enjoyed your blog, as we were often in similar situations along the way. You made it entertaining! Here’s hoping you figure out what that next adventure will be…

    We are toying with a pub crawl/ walk across England. Perhaps we’ll find you along the way…

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    1. So much for html from my phone! Walking England, one pub at a time…

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  3. Adios Andy I too have enjoyed your blog
    A Buen camino to you always!
    Regards Roger from downunder!

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  4. It seems you are no longer a “non-walker”. Same thing happened to me. I went from loathing walking because it was not distracting enough and I would think in circles to finding its rhythms incredibly soothing, and the activity a balm for my general health. I’m now a 70k per week walker year-round in a place where winter is -35C and snowy. My rucksack became my briefcase, and I went from wearing suits and fancy shoes to lecture in to wearing my hikers and sports-wear. I’ve now sent two students on Camino… Spouse is heading out for his first one August 2nd, and I’m meeting him half way in Sahagún on the 20th. It gets in your bones somehow….
    Ultreia et susseia!
    Thanks for the laughs… I hope you may write a little bit about your “re-entry experience”.

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  5. Hi Andy

    You were great. We are one day past Leon and have been following you for several months. I have a photo to send you but have been trying for an hour to insert it into the comment section.

    I appreciated your wit and comfortable way of presenting your stories.

    All the best. Let Mary Katherine and I (David) know if you form a new team tortoise in the future. Best from Canada.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the journey.. can you send it via the contact option on my blog? It would go straight to my email
      Andy

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  6. I’m not at all surprised to read that you’re thinking you’d do another Camino. It is hard to explain how it gets in your blood. Safe travels back home.

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  7. A wonderful read, Andy, and there are far more adventures around the world..not the least the appalachian trail if you like that sort of thing, and if you do, get in touch with me.

    Meanwhile, keep in mind there is no “plain old Andy” in there. Only that humorous “chubby” and now very fit fellow with the warm eyes and smile!
    Buen the next adventure!

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  8. So glad to hear Jessie contacted you! Team tortoise had a happy ending. Happy landings. And as has been said so many times, thanks for rising above the blisters, the weary bones, the sore heads… and making it such fun.

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  9. Here is another reason to return to Spain: a pilgrimage to the future Burger King in a historic “hospital” in Plasencia.
    http://www.lavanguardia.com/comer/al-dia/20180530/443949328585/burger-king-hospital-sepulcro-plasencia.html

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  10. Congratulations on finishing your first Camino. I am really sad now – I have adored your stories each morning! Enjoy including the camino lessons into your every day life.

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  11. Rock on, Andy. Like many of us, you may well find walking becomes addictive!

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  12. You will be back on the way again I’m sure. It was a one-off for me too last year but I’m starting again August 26th. Good luck. Keep blogging

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  13. Nathan Bissonette Jun 1, 2018 — 11:59 pm

    I told my wife I was going on a religious pilgrimage but the local churches always seemed to be closed so to get my daily quota of stamps, I had to go to the bars. The Greater Britain Pub Crawl idea sounds brilliant. Take good care, Andy.

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  14. Congratulations for your Camino!
    I liked your blog very much… I missed it the last 2 weeks when I was on holidays and had only a very bad internet connection.

    What do you think now?
    Any after-camino-blues?
    Or so many new plans that you do not have time for anything else?

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  15. How are you? Are you resting up and relaxing after your triumph?

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  16. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Andy! And congratulations! I think you have the camino bug! I would also do it again, and, even though there’s lots to choose from, I would likely do Frances again, time permitting.

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  17. Hello Andy,
    Hope this finds you well, your feet rested, and back to the familiar kebabs! I am wondering what post-camino feel like to you.
    Jackie Duda

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