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15 lessons learnt on the Camino Portugués

On my way: Feeling like Don Quijote.

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It’s been three months since I returned from my camino adventure and I still think about it often. Being out in the nature, accompanied by the wind, the soothing sound of the sea and simply being on the move, changing beds and landscapes on a daily basis have helped me get my head and thoughts sorted. Stepping out of the daily routine made me see crystal clear and gain new insights on topics that I seemed a little stuck with in the first place. Here are some simple but important lessons I learnt on the Camino Portugués, throughout the thirteen days I spent walking from Porto (Portugal) all the way up north to Santiago de Compostela (Spain):

  1. Getting up early pays off.
  2. Take any opportunity to use the toilet because you don’t know how long it will take you to find the next suitable “pee place”.
  3. Get to know your boundaries and listen to your body.
  4. Walk your own pace.
  5. Once you set yourself a goal, you can endure much hardship.
  6. Take good care of your feet.
  7. Enjoy your own company.
  8. Sometimes all you need is a hot shower to fix things.
  9. It’s advisable to bring a sleeping bag since they don’t always provide sheets at the hostels.
  10. Appreciate the simple things.
  11. Humans may turn a house into a home.
  12. People’s paths keep intertwining all along the Camino.
  13. Enjoy the way ― you will reach the final destination soon enough.
  14. Be spontaneous and follow your heart.
  15. The actual journey starts at the end of the journey.

How about YOU? What lessons have you learnt on a recent journey? I’d love to read about your experiences.

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