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Watching an Italian drink a coffee is mystifying. Blink and you will miss it. The Italians have a lovely saying that embraces a philosophy close to my own heart: ‘Il dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. They are famous for the idea of slowing things down. This applies to all things except for drinking coffee.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you will know how much I love being by the sea. And hiking.
So spending my birthday weekend with a few friends by the coast hiking the Cape to Cape Track in the South West of Western Australia seemed like one of my better ideas.
Plans were made, tents were hauled out of storage, supply lists were drawn up….we were good to go!
The weather, however, had other ideas.
Since the release and unexpected success of the film The Way, it seems that walking the Camino de Santiago is on everyone’s travel bucket list. When I first walked the Camino back in 2003 it was little known to travellers outside of Europe and we felt quite the intrepid adventurers revealing our plans to walk across Spain.
I remember it well: the first hour of the first day of walking the Camino de Santiago in 2003. It began perfectly. I was super excited, full of energy (mostly from adrenalin, and the French pastry I’d eaten for breakfast) and ready to begin the trek into the French Pyrenees.