Monday, June 1, 2009

Santiago

We arrived at about 1:30pm this afternoon. It´s hot and sunny here so it was a more difficult day than we had imagined. We thought we only had 15kms to go but they always leave out the extra 2kms it takes to walk through the city.

Everyone is in good shape. Paul walked slowly because of the horrible blisters mostly on his pinky toes, though he kept up with the group the entire way. Linda was a real trooper. She took each step with intention and a big smile, sending lots of love to everyone she met along the way. Don´t know what we would have done without Vanda to translate. (Well there´s always my englo-span-french dialect complete with hand motions and a big smile!) Even though she had some blisters, they didn´t stop her from putting one foot in front of the other and always being aware of needs of the people around her and ready to help in any way. Wendy never complained about anything. Carried her purple umbrella with style to keep the sun off her and it seemed to work. She always had something funny to say when we least expected to find a laugh. Sarah wore green again and kept a big smile on her face the entire way. This was truly an amazing group of pilgrims who I would walk with again, any time.

We had to take a taxi yesterday. Yes. We walked past the exit to Arca and 4.2kms out of our way. There was no accomodation for another 8kms. A kind woman in a house nearby called for a taxi. We ate and stayed overnight at the Ultreya private albergue (Linda calls them Albequerque´s!) and taxi´d back to the same spot this morning.

We are meeting for tapas in 15 mins so I´ve got to run.
Ultreya! (onward)

Sue

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Many days of walking

We walked through rain and sun with only a few internet cafes, some that didn´t work. As a group we don´t get going on the path until around 9 or 9:30am after breakfast and cafe con leche. We tend to walk until 7 or 8pm at night. Last night as we arrived into town and as we passed the full municipal albergue, the pilgrims waved throught the window at us like we were some kind of a parade... some even took photo´s of us. I suspect we are a bit of a novelty on the Camino telegraph. We are laughing at everything. Take many breaks. We sleep in and walk at our own pace, behind everyone else!!

Paul has really bad blisters. Vanda has a couple of small ones. We did blister surgery this morning and they seem to be fine. Wendy is using a purple umbrella to keep the sun off her. Sarah tends to dress in green so she´s easy to find on the path. Linda is almost always last although Paul is just ahead of her. This is an amazing group of people to walk with. I´m loving it!!!

We only have 52kms to Santiago now. Just finished lunch in Melide. Had pulpo (octapus) Wow.
Will try to write more soon.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Day 1 on the Camino

Yesterday, I read a the final draft of the screenplay version of My Camino that I´ve co-written with another special pilgrim in my life, Bruce Pirrie, so it´s fitting that I find myself on the path again. This time I´m travelling with a group of ´virgin´pilgrims who truly amazing individuals who have no idea what they´ve got themselves into!

Linda, the person who got me started on taking another group to Spain, is from a small town near London called Mitchell and has left Janet at home to fill her days playing golf. Wendy and Paul are a couple from Toronto. At this moment they are driving a rental car from Madrid to meet us in time for dinner. Paul was feeling a little anxious about driving in Europe. Hope they make it safely. Vanda, our Portuguese pilgrim has also left her hubby at home in Toronto. Finally we have an American pilgrim walking with us and her name is Sarah from Colorado.

There is one other pilgrim walking virtually. She is one of the stars of the documentary film Las Peregrinas and her name is Anita Shuper. She´s going to try to walk the same distances we walk everyday on the Camino, only she´ll be trekking around her neighbourhood in Toronto. Buen Camino, Anita!

We are staying at the Hostal Boccalino. Vanda and Linda have gone out walking..already. We are waiting for Sarah to arrive by train and of course the happy couple who are driving. Later will be joined at dinner by another one of my favourite pilgrims, Cathy Gower who´s visiting friends in Spain. Can´t wait to have a real cafe con leche! I´m doing a Vipassan meditation course called a Satipattana after the Camino and I have agreed to the precept to have no alchohol from the date of registration, so I won´t be sampling the Spanish wine. Oh well.
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Till later my friends.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The beginning of My Camino

My name is Sue Kenney and I am a pilgrim. I walked 780 kilometers on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela for the first time in 2001. After being suddenly downsized from my corporate telecom career I decided to go for a long walk to figure out my life purpose. The Camino is a medieval pilgrimage route in Spain. I walked for 29 days and went alone in the winter. I followed yellow arrows on a path that had been walked by millions of pilgrims before me. It was a profound life altering experience.

Through the art of walking, I discovered that my life work is to use my voice to tell stories to inspire others on their life journey. When I returned home I became a storyteller. I went to schools, libraries, church groups, networking groups, businesses and anywhere people would listen to my stories. Many who heard me said I should write a book. I told them I wasn't a writer. As I told more stories, more people said I should write a book. I decided to record a storytelling CD because I thought they wanted to take something home with them after they heard the stories. It's called Stone by Stone and in the first 6 months of its release I sold and gave away 1000 copies. People wrote back to me and said I should write a book. Ahhhh. One morning I woke up and it all became clear to me. I understood that this wasn't all about me. It wasn't a question of whether I could write or not, these stories were given to me as a gift from God. If I didn't share them, then I would be doing a dis-service to the universe and not fulfilling my obligation to living my life purpose. At Word on the Street literary festival I found a publisher. He told me that I must have a minimum of 200 pages. That's 50,000 words. My plan was to have the book out in the summer of 2005. In that case, he told me I needed to have a manuscript to him in 2 months. I assured him that if I wrote 1000 words a day for 2 months I could have the book written. So I did it. If I had known it was impossible, I wouldn't have done it. The book is called Sue Kenney's My Camino and it's a Canadian national best seller.
www.suekenney.ca