Certainly THE highlight of 2017 for me was walking The Way…..the Portuguese Camino from Tui to Santiago. Joining my wife Marg, along with friends Penny and Sue in Tui Spain, after they had already walked 500km, my 117km walk to Santiago de Compestella was probably “a walk in the park” for them but like climbing Everest to me! I am in my 60’s, not that fit and a bit overweight. I honestly thought I couldn’t do it but the day I started I became “the little engine that could”……and I did! A Camino miracle! It wasn’t always easy, especially when I got some nasty blisters, but joining this wandering international community, walking through some beautiful country towns/cities, the “spirit of the Camino” got me and it became an enjoyable and inspiring experience. The Camino gives pilgrms a time to think, reflect, pray (and eat and drink). It gives you a chance to enjoy relationships, both old and new. It reminds you your needs are very simple. The Camino is certainly a physical challenge but it is more, much much more.

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