The Rhythm of the Camino
One of the interesting things about the Camino is the strong rhythm that one finds themselves immersed in when you do the Camino. This is do to the nature of how it is put together. Each day is simply a repeat from the day before.
You arise before dawn each day usually at 5:30am. You have showered the day before so you do a basic wash of the face and brush teeth and pack up your things and you are off. We typically are out the door of the Albergue by 6:30 or 7:00am. Then you begin walking with your headlamps. Before too long you are trying to locate that cafe con leche and something to eat (usually some sort of pastry or fruit).
We have enjoyed a dawn breaking and the sun rising each morning when there were no clouds which has been almost every morning so far. Then it is walk, walk, walk all day with stops at different villages for more cafe con leche or a bocadillo. Typically we have tried to be complete with our day’s walk by early afternoon. Once we check into our Albergue we begin our evening routine.
Get a shower (now there is a whole blog; just our different shower experiences), wash your clothes and hang to dry, then head out for dinner and hopefully you have some time left to blog or write in your journal. Then off to sleep (lights go out at 10pm) and hope you can sleep on the bed you have that night. Then, … repeat it all over again the next day.
It really is quite simple in its make up, this “Camino Rhythm”, but it does settle you over time into the very basics of life. Eat, walk, sleep and enjoy the company of a lot of wonderful people from all over the world!
John and Terri