So what is the Camino de Santiago?
It is the way of Saint James, and all Camino routes lead to Santiago de Compostela where the remains of the saint are buried and were discovered in the ninth century. The remains of St James the Great, one of Christ’s apostles were brought to Santiago all the way from Jerusalem by boat in the ninth century.
The first day
I must admit, I felt like a bit of a fraud after arriving in Santiago and dropping off our cases at a rather nice hotel before being driven to our starting point. It didn’t seem right that I had already caught a glimpse of the cathedral before starting our journey. Anyway it gave us a chance to catch up on some sleep in the back of the taxi. We were all looking forward to an early night.
The next morning I was feeling very apprehensive as I had already picked up a few injuries in training. This coupled with the fact I had left my makeup in Santiago and was for the first time going bare-faced.
Anyway, I began our journey in good spirits and relative ignorance. Thank goodness I had no idea just how long I would be walking!