My journey on the Camino de Santiago started in September 2017. At the time I wrote blogged entries with pictures whenever I could. Now, almost a year later I am re-posting the entries with a few updates. Enjoy.
The Camino has begun
The church bells are ringing announcing that it is 6 o’clock. In an hour it will be the Pilgrim’s Mass at Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont XIV. The service would be in French and it would conclude with a Pilgrims’ Blessing. The Camino has begun.
A few Challenges
I arrived yesterday amid a few challenges. First an onboard computer of the KLM plane decided not to work. I was a little nervous hearing that from the captain. However, I made it to Amsterdam without any further challenges.
After a 40 minute wait to clear passport control, I searched for my next departure gate. As the hour approached, I looked and lo-and-behold the flight was delayed by 30 min! I wondered if I would make the next connection in Paris because there was only 60 minutes to get to the next plane, which was in a different terminal. It was amazing to see so many people running through airport corridors when we landed. I made the next flight with a few minutes to spare to go to the washroom. After a few bumps in the air the plane landed, I almost green, and my suitcase was the 2nd one on the belt.
St. Jean Pied de Port
The drive to St. Jean Pied de Port from the airport was interesting – rush hour and many traffic circles. I have never seen a traffic circle on a highway before either, but the French knew what to do.
After I arrived, the hotel owner informed me that there was trouble with the room and she has booked me into another hotel. Today, the room was ready.
Most of the morning was spend exploring St. Jean Pied de Port. It was from this town that the French Priest Aymeric Picard travelled the pilgrim road and wrote a detailed guide why back in the 12th Century.
Tomorrow morning the walking starts and 26 km awaits.