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Flashbacks

Past OR future Camino
From Porto, Portugal, through Tui, Spain, in 2015.
Northern route in August/September 2017
Every now and then, there’s a moment when I’m overwhelmed by the emotions of my Caminos. Sometimes it happens because of music. I didn’t listen to music while I walked. Only when I was resting. And yet, one of my pilgrimage playlists rips me right back to my time in Spain.

Sometime is it has to do with food that tastes of something of the Basque country, or of the beautiful fabadas of Asturias.

Sometimes I’m pulled in by a book that I’m reading that calls to mind a moment with people, or alone, or in a restaurant on the Way, and I’m ripped right back.

Sometimes it’s while I’m doing a practice walk, preparing for the next Camino, and I’m struck by a view of the lovely hills here in Camarillo that remind me so much of Spain. Or, perhaps, a random thought occurs, and I’m swept right back to the Way.

I’ve learned so many important life lessons from the Camino, but the greatest blessings are the flashbacks that take me home again, and remind me that I am always, everywhere, a pilgrim. Do you feel what I’m saying here? Does it connect with you at all?
 
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Roland49

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Past OR future Camino
CF2019, CP2022?
Me, too, "suffer" from flashbacks from time to time.

As I planned to walk the CP from Porto on Easter-break this year, postponed it to fall this year the flashbacks are getting stronger. Due to C19 and my medical conditions I'm not vaccinated yet, so I postponed it again.

I did a hike in the Harz last weekend and some of the views reminded me of the Sierra after Portomarin.
I sighed and walked on.
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Happily there still are flashbacks!

I finished my tenth CF in December 2014 but every day since there have been flashbacks often based on the weather. For example today here in rural France there is heavy fog and thus in my mind I "see" ie. recall similar fogs across the years on the Camino.

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Since 2009 sharing and participating in this unique Forum is part of my daily life. Providing information about the Camino almost always based on a flashback has become a particular pleasure whether responding to another pilgrim or writing for unknown readers.

Now at 82 and unable to walk long distances I regularly look forward to the next time to recall; may such flashbacks continue as long as I.
 
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Wmonk2071

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (Sarria to SdC)
Camino Portugues
I do after my first camino (Sarria to SDC) in Sep of this year, that I decided Im going to recreate the "camino" experience and spirit of adventure in my daily life, while still waiting for the actual next camino portugues which I plan to do spring next year if all goes well.

Right now what I started to do is take long walks on weekend around Madrid green zones and parks to keep fit while trying to recreate the Camino experience and whenever I can, I try to keep up with the blogs here to maintain the that sense of community and adventure with other pilgrims.

All the best,
AC
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
When I encounter someone here at home who has walked a Camino (which happened on a local trail last month). That instant camaraderie...
So true for me too. I have experienced that same thing and that instant camaraderie is a welcome feeling because they "get it" even when some of our close friends or family do not.
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
I have just started (3 months ago) a series of oil paintings(6) reflecting my Caminos and sometimes my heart just aches to be there. Next year Norte Camino.
Sweetbaboo,
Your Meseta painting is such a wonderful way for you to remember; each brushstroke must be laden.
Thank you for sharing this personal memento.
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have just started (3 months ago) a series of oil paintings(6) reflecting my Caminos and sometimes my heart just aches to be there. Next year Norte Camino.
This is such a perfect painting and is hard to distinguish it from the real thing.
Thank you!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
When I see a whole bunch of eucalyptus trees I also think of @peregrina2000, because she dislikes them so much
I dislike them, too. They are so messy and an invasive species brought in from Australia. On the other hand, I don't think the Caminos would be quite the same without tromping through a few forests of eucalyptus.
 
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Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Past OR future Camino
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
With me, it is the sensory perceptions that hit me bringing me back to the Camino...
A noise of a mobile phone clamouring in the dark, rustling of sb getting up next to you, flickering light and the taste in your mouth of long, deep sleep and the inadverdently sour taste of wanting breakfast really hard, but then at the same time remembering that you clean forgot to save some apple or banana, a youghurt or some bisquits for emergency breakfast before you reach the next town, which is....which is......what the hell is the next village, and where am I ??

This is when, back to reality, that I realise it is my hardworking homebirthing midwife spouse being called on the horn in the darkness of night, and I can go back to sleep... and now thanking my self that due to switching to an intermitting fasting and keto diet, I am not due to any breakfast soon, not until 10 o´clock anyhow....

You can do it pilgrim, so many times you walked 10 K before a breakkie !!!
 
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TaraWalks

Peregrina without a skateboard
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2016 & 2018, planning for Le Puy 2019/2020ish and for some shorter Caminos stacked
I dislike them, too. They are so messy and an invasive species brought in from Australia. On the other hand, I don't think the Caminos would be quite the same without tromping through a few forests of eucalyptus.
For me they eucalypts signify that my camino is nearly over and I’ll be back on a flight to Sydney soon enough. They mean home to me and don’t really remind me of being on camino, but dark, wet streets first thing in the morning certainly do!
 

Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
Past OR future Camino
2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
I dislike them, too. They are so messy and an invasive species brought in from Australia. On the other hand, I don't think the Caminos would be quite the same without tromping through a few forests of eucalyptus.
So many reasons to dislike this non-native plant I agree…otoh eucalyptus groves are where the monarchs prefer to winter in California.
 

Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
Past OR future Camino
2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
I live on a hill, and some hundred year old oaks were cut down for homes below (😢). I planted some manzanitas to block that view except a cluster of white houses in one spot…on some mornings the sun and fog can make me almost believe it’s Roncesvalles
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
1989
Every now and then, there’s a moment when I’m overwhelmed by the emotions of my Caminos. Sometimes it happens because of music. I didn’t listen to music while I walked. Only when I was resting. And yet, one of my pilgrimage playlists rips me right back to my time in Spain.

Sometime is it has to do with food that tastes of something of the Basque country, or of the beautiful fabadas of Asturias.

Sometimes I’m pulled in by a book that I’m reading that calls to mind a moment with people, or alone, or in a restaurant on the Way, and I’m ripped right back.

Sometimes it’s while I’m doing a practice walk, preparing for the next Camino, and I’m struck by a view of the lovely hills here in Camarillo that remind me so much of Spain. Or, perhaps, a random thought occurs, and I’m swept right back to the Way.

I’ve learned so many important life lessons from the Camino, but the greatest blessings are the flashbacks that take me home again, and remind me that I am always, everywhere, a pilgrim. Do you feel what I’m saying here? Does it connect with you at all?
Sometimes it has to do with seeing my shadow stretched out in front of me....
 

Phoenix

Generic member
Past OR future Camino
2022
the greatest blessings are the flashbacks that take me home again, and remind me that I am always, everywhere, a pilgrim. Do you feel what I’m saying here? Does it connect with you at all?
I did this today... purposefully. I downloaded a couple tracks of ocean waves and beach sounds before heading out for my walk this morning; at least for that hour, I was once again walking the litoral/coastal route from Porto.
 
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Past OR future Camino
CF 2016, CP 2017, Jakobsweg Ulm-Constance 2017-2018, Via Jacobi 2018, (Via Gebennensis 2019)
Yes, every time I see the yellow shell on the blue background. I live in a town that has a Jakobsweg going through it so I get a lot of flashbacks.
 

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