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Well, the time has come. Tomorrow I fly to Spain to begin a massive adventure. From Barcelona I'll make my way up to St Jean Pied de Port, where my long awaited (6 years) camino starts. I've read so much on this forum, I almost feel like I've done it, yet I know it'll still be nothing like I imagined. I hope I've prepared enough, but like childbirth, when the time comes, you have no choice but to go through with it, and I've had that experience 3 times!

Thank you so much to all those who have contributed words of wisdom, humour and encouragement on this forum. One recent thread tells me I need to buy an Altus raincoat-poncho in Spain. Would I find one in Barcelona? Thanks also to Ivar, I hope to meet up one day in Santiago.

Buen camino to all those other travellers,

Brenda (from Ballarat, Australia)
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Coming from Ballarat you should find the weather in Spain at this time of year almost tropical!
Don't forget ear plugs.Good luck.


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Thanks everyone, I'm off in a few hours. Looking forward to the "tropical" warmth, we had hail last week. The earplugs are packed!

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Brenda and Amy, watch for me. I have a pilgrim forum badge on my blue mochilla and should be hooking up to the Frances about the time you reach Puente la Reina.

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Annie, Amy and Brenda I have no doubts that I will probably run into each of you on the trail. Like Amy, I've got a purple backpack.

Till I catch up, Buen Camino to all

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