So the adventure is over. Liz and I followed the Way of St James from St Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, tramped 780 kms.
I have been home 6 months, my blisters are well and truly healed and my toes have grown new toe nails quite nicely. My body, which succumbed to a cold the week I got back and insisted I lie in bed and watch iView on my iPad for a few days, eventually returned to normal. Even so, I was surprised how much time it did take to recover; I had thought I would return home and bounce right back into life. But as my doctor very nicely put it whenI sat miserably in his office, “What do you expect, you’re 60 years old and you’ve just walked 800km?” Thanks, well what I expected was to carry on just as I had before I left. What I hadn’t expected was the hole in my life now that my dream had actually become a reality. That dream of walking the Camino had been there for so long, a little voice in my heart that sometimes lay quietly, and sometimes screamed out, demanding attention, until I did something about it. And now what?
Yes, I am proud of myself for what I achieved and I hope that I inspired someone out there to take that first step on their own adventure. But I have inexplicably been left with a sadness and longing. On a recent trip to Melbourne I packed my back pack, lifted it up and settled it onto my back and it felt so good, so right, so much a part of me that I just wanted to set off again, start walking, rediscover that feeling of rightness. This is what my body was meant to do.
I know another adventure, another dream lies ahead. Liz is heading off to trek the 1300km Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage in Japan this year. I would love to do that, but it is something she wants to do on her own. It is amazing where her Camino has taken her and I am so proud of her.
A few years ago I did the Everest Base Camp trek with Jess, Liz’s sister , and Nepal is calling me again, the Annapurna trek.I loved writing Baguettes & Vegemite and became used to looking at the world through bloggers eyes. So while Baguettes & Vegemite Does Annapurna lies quietly in my heart, nudging me gently, I am going to continue with Baguettes & Vegemite. As regular readers know, food is an important part of my life, so I am going down a new path, Baguettes & Vegmite – My Food Thoughts & Inspirations.
I am not really sure where it is going to take me, I think I will just start walking and see where the path goes. I would love you to come along with me and see what inspires me to cook. I hope it will inspire you to get out of your cooking rut, try new foods, look for ways to add some zing to those old recipes, be adventurous!! And if you have time I would love you to share with me your inspirations , your recipes and your food memories. Press the Follow button and we can take this journey together.