I completed my first Camino on 10th Sept from Sarria to Santiago and I can say with all honesty it was one of the best experiences of my life. I was apprehensive before leaving and even thinking of changing routes after reading a lot of negative opinions on this last 100km of the Camino Frances. So this is just my experience for those walking their first and are put off. And before I offend anyone, now I’ve walked my first, I absolutely understand why any veterans wouldn’t want to do that route again. But as a first timer with time constraints it ain’t so bad.
Personally I loved every minute. I met some fantastic people. The scenery in this section is beautiful. It is busy yes, but that can be avoided by leaving later in the day if that is what you prefer. I enjoyed the people. And the friendliness and the fact that (as cheesy as it sounds) in a world were people have become distant to one another, everyone came together, everyone could speak to one another if they wished. The willingness for people to help others was unreal. Basically the real world should take a leaf out of the Camino book. It’s an experience I will never forget.
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