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Finished the Camino!!

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Finished the Camino!!

Day 29: Hit the 100km (60 miles) to go mark today!!! I don’t want it to end. First thing this morning I saw John. I was starting to think he was a fake and didn’t exist. He is in my Camino Facebook group and started the day before me and we were in the same area. I finally found him. I taught him my recently slowed down way of stopping in every village for a drink or food, talking to anyone that would listen, and being in no rush to end the day walking. I think he enjoyed the slowed pace because he has some tendinitis in his foot....

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Week 4 on the Camino

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Week 4 on the Camino

Day 22: I walked like mad today. Anger is a catalyst for change. At least for me and it has been that way my entire life. Probably why I am prone to it. If I am going to walk 2 more weeks, I need to enjoy my time and change my mindset. Sure my body hurts and my feet pretty much hate me. I don’t have anything wrong that keeps me from walking. So that is what I did today. Mad at the world, sick of playing victim so I walked with purpose. Guess what? I caught up to Eric and Ramon even though they started 3 miles ahead at the same time. I...

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Week 3 on the Camino

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Week 3 on the Camino

Day 15: The weather today was great so we knew we needed to take advantage of it and cover some distance. We stopped by an outdoor bar that Eric told us about because he stopped the day before. The bar owner was friendly and gave us watermelon which was delish. The walk was uneventful but I did start a new book called Rejection Proof. I thought it was appropriate learning the recent disappointment of getting the full time job. Very easy book and interesting. That is a whole new bag of issues I get to process and sort through. Do I stay and...

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Week 2 on the Camino

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Week 2 on the Camino

Day 8: I broke down on so many levels today. I was up before anyone this morning and all I could think about is how Matty was doing back home. I am waiting to hear about a full time position and it isn’t looking good. On top of that we have to move in May and again in July. It is all fine with me but Matty is struggling. It breaks me down. I want to take action and find a new apartment and email to find out about the jobs. In other words, I want to fix his anxiety. As I mentioned before I started this is I need to let go of the guilt of...

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Week 1 on the Camino

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Week 1 on the Camino

Day 1: So today started out at 7am. At least the walking. I started by myself but quickly had someone on my heels. He stayed there till I sat to switch shoes. A German guy who asked if everything was ok. I started out in hiking shoes today and about 1 hour in, realized I needed to switch to runners. I skipped breakfast where I was staying because it was bread and jam. My attempt to be “healthy”. So I stopped at the first store and grabbed and apple, cheese, and corn-nuts. The last two items I never did eat. Yet. As I came out of...

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Packing List for Camino

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Packing List for Camino

I leave tomorrow morning for the Camino! I am nervous and excited. Mostly nervous because of the weather forecast. I have typed out a packing list with some photos. Also added a 2 minute vlog. Backpack weight: 16lb My starting weight: 166lbs Bags 1-40L Gonex Backpack (with laptop sleeve) 1- Passport/wallet body sling 1- Sleeping Bag 3- Mesh bags 1- Day pack compressed 20L     Electronics 1- Lenovo Yoga (with power cord) 1- Huawei Mate9 (Phone/Camera/Wallet) 1- Samsung S5 (Music/Audiobooks/GPS) 1- Battery pack 1- Phone Charger 1-...

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I Don’t Have the Answers

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I Don’t Have the Answers

Well… I leave in a week for my 500 mile journey. The unknown is terrifying and we want to control so many aspects of our life. If there is one thing I have learned it is that life is uncontrollable. This trip is about focusing on life. I recently was back in the US and received the questions “why? why would you want to travel that far and leave the comfort of home?”,¬† “if you’re not religious, why would you do it?” and “what are your expectations for it?” I wasn’t really prepared to answer...

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The Way – Camino de Santiago

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The Way – Camino de Santiago

It is a pilgrimage that I plan to take in exactly 1 month from today. A trip of 500 miles across the north of Spain. The Way is known as the Camino de Santiago. It is a walk that will take me around 30 days. There are no rules about how far I must walk every day or at what pace I must go. The trail is well marked and will be directing me to my physical destination. It is also well supported as more than 300,000 people do this annually. So I will take each day as it comes. The only thing I have planned is my flight there and when I need to be...

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Summer Travel 2017

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Summer Travel 2017

Over the summer, Matty and I traveled to a number of places including: Romania, Macedonia, Kenya, Malta, and Greece. I hope that my travels inspire others to explore the world. With all the “bad” the media exposes us too, I think it is important to see the beauty. Travel broadens my mind. I get to share new experiences with others. I get to see how the people of the world live. To see the similarity and the differences of the culture that I was born in. The logistics is always an experience. Where do you get money? What is the...

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Friends & Family Come to Italy

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Friends & Family Come to Italy

Matty and I invited our friends and family to come to Italy. We rented the villa and transportation and I planned out the activities. We had 17 people total over 16 days in 4 places. First we were in Venice where we toured the canals. We then went to Tuscany where we learned to cook Italian food, rode Vespas, visited Cinque Terre, Leaning tower, Florence and went swimming. Next stop was Rome where the temperatures reached 106. We toured around the city and celebrated birthdays. After Rome, we spent 3 nights sailing around Capri. Then we spent...

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