- Year of past OR future Camino
Home to Reims 2007
Reims to Limoges 2008
Camino Ingles 2009
Limoges to Gernica 2009
Gernica to San Vicente de la Barquera 2010
San Vicente to La Isla 2012
La Isla to Santiago Sept/Oct 2014
Oh yes, the other things I purchased in Spain that I fell in love with and that made the walk more pleasant:
Compeed! They do not have it in Oregon, or at least I've never seen it. But it is WONDERFUL! Buy it ahead of time and slap it on any hotspots you have on your feet as soon as you notice them, BEFORE they become blisters. It's amazing -- stays on for days -- even in the shower. And keeps you from getting blisters.
We also found these weird little tubes. They were part gauze-like and part jell-like. You cut it and slipped it over your toes to keep them from rubbing together. We got both the Compeed and the tubing at the Pharmacia (look for the GREEN CROSS) for reasonable prices.
I have been meaning to use a painting of St James from the wonderful church in Chaource (north of Vezelay, south of Tonnerre) as an avatar - reading Annie's advice about feet reminded me as the artist had obviously used the painter's equivalent of 'Method acting' to explore and identify with his subject and the effects on the body of pilgrimage.
Either that, or he / she was rotten at doing feet.
Whichever, St James' feet look awfully uncomfortable and I think he might have benefited from a visit to a Spanish pharmacia or chiropodist. See below for the whole painting.
Also Annie has added a lovely avatar of scallop shells - where from, Annie? - so, inspired, I have managed to resize the picture and add it as my avatar.
What is the source/meaning/story behind others' avatars?