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The beginning (St. Etienne – Santiago de Compostela)

Posted on | June 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

[Briefing]

Original date of post | February 3, 2009

Every big story starts with small things. And every long journey starts with the first step…

Florian, Myriam and Andrej (me), 3 crazy people, decided to go nuts, and left society to travel into the middle of no-where

This journey started in St. Etienne, a little town in France, maybe 60 km away from the more known “Lyon” and there was only 1 rule: The journey is to be done on foot only!

The idea was not just to travel… The idea was to travel and to have amazing, adventurous, dramatic, physical, psychological and mystical challenges; To reach the limits and find out what lies beyond them; To meet the unmeetable, to do the undoable,  find the unfindable… whatever it was.

At this point I will just fly over the first  1.500 incredible km of walk, which were full of happiness, sadness, nervous breakdowns, physical breakdowns, unbelievable people, tears, laughs, enlightenments, walking, hitch-hiking, bus-taking, dancing, swimming, climbing, and much, much more. Those were the experience on the “Way Of St James”, also known as “Camino De Santiago” through France and Spain. I hope you do not resent me browsing it. … Who would buy my books if everything was written here? See my point? :p

Anyway, when we arrived in Le Puy En Valey, my good friend Florian chose a different way, which later lead him to Ireland, new experiences and challenges. Me and Myriam followed the GR 65 signs which led us through the Camino De Santiago towards Spain. We had encounters with wonderful people, places, situations; But also pain, cold, hunger and thirst. In Figeac, Julia (who I was sharing a flat with before we started this travel) joined us and we were 3 again. And the walk continued through mountains, valleys, forests and streets.

I ve learned a lot in France. I ve learned to have veneration of the human mind, manifestation of your thoughts, to receive and to let go. At this point I was already thinking I have learned my lectures. But indeed it was not even a percent of the lectures which were still waiting for me.

In Montcuq Rea (also my ex-flatmate) joined us. The four of us walked to Moissac (Someone who knows French will fall of his chair now laughing about the names of the cities), the town in which Julia left us again. Together with Rea and Myriam we continued to St. Jean Pied De Port, the beginning of the Spanish Camino De Santiago. Together with Myriam, Rea we met Toni and Andi (two other cool walkers) and walked through the Pyrenees-mountains until we reached Pamplona, where everything changed; Where I continued my walk without my friends,… and without a cent in my pocket.

Some might ask: “So how did you do it without money?”, but lets keep browsing for now…

What kept me alive and healthy were wonderful people and wonderful nature. Hospitality and miracles. But of course also (the boring, natural part): little mini-jobs in small villages such as Calzadilla de la Cueza or La Faba, where I was fruit-picker or hostel-receptionist. Everything fell into place until I reached Santiago De Compostella. But from this point on I d like to let the pictures talk:

I need to apologize for the awful quality. The original pictures got deleted and I just have the midget resolution.



The beginning of the journey

The beginning of the journey

With Florian on the way to Aurec Sur Loire

With Florian on the way to Aurec Sur Loire

Giving foot-massages on the streets of Spain

Giving foot-massages on the streets of Spain

Fields of Navarra

Fields of Navarra

In the Pyranees

In the Pyrenees

Myriam in the Pyrenees

Myriam in the Pyrenees

Rea in the Pyrenees

Rea in the Pyrenees

Rea and Julia. Rea giving a little Piano concert in a restaurant of Louzert

Rea and Julia. Rea giving a little Piano concert in a restaurant of Louzert

In the mountains of France

In the mountains of France

Julia exploring a French River

Julia exploring a French River

In the cathedral garden of Le Puy

In the cathedral garden of Le Puy

On top of a mountain in Spain

On top of a mountain in Spain

Cruz Del Ferro - The Iron Cross

Cruz Del Ferro - The Iron Cross

 

 

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One Response to “The beginning (St. Etienne – Santiago de Compostela)”

  1. Florian S.
    June 13th, 2011 @ %I:%M %p

    Nice to see that your website is on the air again! Too bad that the original pictures got deleted, but let’s be thankful that we got at least these left.

    Maybe we should connect our blogs somehow, because I’m going to be on the road again in July… ;)

    So, you’re going to “walk on”? :)

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