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“Stuck” in Bali, dreaming of the Camino

truenorthpilgrim

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Yep, that’s right I’ve been in Bali (with the exception of 3 days in Singapore and 2 weeks in Vietnam) since I left Santiago late November. Back then (which seems like a lifetime ago) I couldn’t imagine walking one more step in soggy, wet Galicia. I walked from Le Puy to Santiago and I was DONE by the end of my journey. I couldn’t handle another night at municipal albergues; the snoring, wet clothes stinking up the dorms at 2am, lack of personal space.
Now, guess what? All I can think about is walking, personal space be damned. I’m a introvert who recharges in my personal space and well, let’s just say right now I’ve got a wealth of personal space. I’ve deeply enjoyed parts of this experience; slowing down, eating nourishing food, reading books...which has helped heal 8 years of chronic stress. But of course, like the Camino does so well, it creeps back in the back of my brain, whispering “come back”. I’ll never take humanity for granted ever again. Give me all the communal dinners, the bunks beds, the aching Achilles heels, sore muscles and enormous, carb-laden meals. Oh and the vino tinto.

So this month I’m learning Indonesian because I need a focus and going crazy without a purpose. And crossing my fingers I can squeeze a Camino in sooner or later. Watching Efren Gonzales’ new YouTube series on the Norte is getting me through these strange times

Bali is built and runs on 80% tourism. Most of the tourists have left, leaving most locals out of a job and starving. Many valiant efforts are being spearheaded in the way of food drives and free meals from restaurants. People don’t hoard here, as many have no savings. Anyone who has visited Bali knows a thing or two about the locals-they are some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. By the way, if anyone is interested in donating a small amount of money to feed a family for 2 weeks, drop me a line-I can make a recommendation. (This post is by no means a bid to solicit donations! No pressure).

Sampai jumpa di Camino (see you later on the Camino). Hang in there, and blessings to all.
🌺🌴
 
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Dan_Hiker

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Year of past OR future Camino
Was Apr 1, "2020" now fall "2020"
Yep, that’s right I’ve been in Bali (with the exception of 3 days in Singapore and 2 weeks in Vietnam) since I left Santiago late November. Back then (which seems like a lifetime ago) I couldn’t imagine walking one more step in soggy, wet Galicia. I walked from Le Puy to Santiago and I was DONE by the end of my journey. I couldn’t handle another night at municipal albergues; the snoring, wet clothes stinking up the dorms at 2am, lack of personal space.
Now, guess what? All I can think about is walking, personal space be damned. I’m a introvert who recharges in my personal space and well, let’s just say right now I’ve got a wealth of personal space. I’ve deeply enjoyed parts of this experience; slowing down, eating nourishing food, reading books...which has helped heal 8 years of chronic stress. But of course, like the Camino does so well, it creeps back in the back of my brain, whispering “come back”. I’ll never take humanity for granted ever again. Give me all the communal dinners, the bunks beds, the aching Achilles heels, sore muscles and enormous, carb-laden meals. Oh and the vino tinto.

So this month I’m learning Indonesian because I need a focus and going crazy without a purpose. And crossing my fingers I can squeeze a Camino in sooner or later. Watching Efren Gonzales’ new YouTube series on the Norte is getting me through these strange times

Bali is built and runs on 80% tourism. Most of the tourists have left, leaving most locals out of a job and starving. Many valiant efforts are being spearheaded in the way of food drives and free meals from restaurants. People don’t hoard here, as many have no savings. Anyone who has visited Bali knows a thing or two about the locals-they are some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. By the way, if anyone is interested in donating a small amount of money to feed a family for 2 weeks, drop me a line-I can make a recommendation. (This post is by no means a bid to solicit donations! No pressure).

Sampai jumpa di Camino (see you later on the Camino). Hang in there, and blessings to all.
🌺🌴
Bali?? It must be so rough walking around in shorts and delicious drinks in hand. At least you found, in my opinion, the best vloger out there, Efrin. I have watched all his videos that he has posted. He has a unique personality, funny and serious. I love his drone shots. Wish other people would use drones in their videos.
 

Galuh

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
mei 2016
Yep, that’s right I’ve been in Bali (with the exception of 3 days in Singapore and 2 weeks in Vietnam) since I left Santiago late November. Back then (which seems like a lifetime ago) I couldn’t imagine walking one more step in soggy, wet Galicia. I walked from Le Puy to Santiago and I was DONE by the end of my journey. I couldn’t handle another night at municipal albergues; the snoring, wet clothes stinking up the dorms at 2am, lack of personal space.
Now, guess what? All I can think about is walking, personal space be damned. I’m a introvert who recharges in my personal space and well, let’s just say right now I’ve got a wealth of personal space. I’ve deeply enjoyed parts of this experience; slowing down, eating nourishing food, reading books...which has helped heal 8 years of chronic stress. But of course, like the Camino does so well, it creeps back in the back of my brain, whispering “come back”. I’ll never take humanity for granted ever again. Give me all the communal dinners, the bunks beds, the aching Achilles heels, sore muscles and enormous, carb-laden meals. Oh and the vino tinto.

So this month I’m learning Indonesian because I need a focus and going crazy without a purpose. And crossing my fingers I can squeeze a Camino in sooner or later. Watching Efren Gonzales’ new YouTube series on the Norte is getting me through these strange times

Bali is built and runs on 80% tourism. Most of the tourists have left, leaving most locals out of a job and starving. Many valiant efforts are being spearheaded in the way of food drives and free meals from restaurants. People don’t hoard here, as many have no savings. Anyone who has visited Bali knows a thing or two about the locals-they are some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. By the way, if anyone is interested in donating a small amount of money to feed a family for 2 weeks, drop me a line-I can make a recommendation. (This post is by no means a bid to solicit donations! No pressure).

Sampai jumpa di Camino (see you later on the Camino). Hang in there, and blessings to all.
🌺🌴
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Bali?? It must be so rough walking around in shorts and delicious drinks in hand. At least you found, in my opinion, the best vloger out there, Efrin. I have watched all his videos that he has posted. He has a unique personality, funny and serious. I love his drone shots. Wish other people would use drones in their videos.
I too, love Efran's videos! I have only watched his Norte series and a couple of short ones on the trolley he used on the Via, and his packing list...can't wait to keep watching them!
 

Dan_Hiker

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Was Apr 1, "2020" now fall "2020"
Hi Chrissy,
I'm glad you found Efrén González videos. If you watch the first ones he made to the last one you can actually see how he has improved, matured, doing the presentations. I believe he has schooling in the video/photography area. I tried to do a donation to him but it had been closed down. He and Sara Dhooma videos has brought many smiles before I go to sleep. I thank them both. The Camino for some reason has gotten a hold on me I can't shake it off. I will get to Santiago either standing, crawling, or in an urn on my way back home. Thus my name I picked. This September should be the most interesting month of my life. Take care.
 

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