#NADINES CAMINO VOL. 2
// I am going back on the Camino Portuguese
★ I am going back to Portugal to hike, walk, or pilgrimage another 600 km / 373 miles.
WHY? TO FIND INNER PEACE.⠀
This time I am going to do the Camino Portuguese Central, starting in Lisbon and also ending in Santiago de Compostela / Spain.
Just two months ago I did the coastal route of the Camino Portuguese, as well as the Camino Finisterra in Spain.
WHY AM I GOING BACK ON THE CAMINO?
The answer is as simple as unspectacular: my inner voice told me to do so. So in the first place, it’s a purely instinct-driven decision that literally happened overnight.
By thinking about it, it becomes apparent that I still have a lot on my plate to look back on, to digest and accept regarding my sick-years, and my current life situation.
My soul needs space and time to heal so that it can finally come to peace.
And a long-distance hiking trail is a perfect place to do this. It will be just me, my backpack, and the Camino itself. And that for two months. What a gift!
I CANCELLED MY ORIGINAL PLANS OVERNIGHT
Initially, I had planned to spend some time in the USA, as I did last year in autumn.
I already had bought a Broadway ticket for my birthdays night (Sept. 10th), everyone has been informed, and the whole trip was more or less thoroughly planned. I just needed to make the final bookings.
But for some reason, I am not supposed to be in the USA this fall but in Portugal (again). And since I have relearned to listen to my intuition blindly, I have canceled the USA trip instantly and have booked a flight to Lisbon instead to NYC.
During the past 11.5 months, it has been immensely important to me to be in NYC on my birthday again.
I wanted to celebrate the great health achievements I made throughout 2019 in that lively and vibrant city of New York.
Just one year ago, I was in a completely different place health-wise compared to today.
Last year, I have spent my birthday alone in my hotel room in Manhatten because I just felt too shitty to step outside.
MY BIRTHDAY IS ALSO MY SICKAVERSARY
Since my birthday is also my sickaversary (I got sick 6 years ago on Sept. 10th, 2013), being on the Camino feels like a complete new start for me.
I mean, I have been housebound for years and even bedridden periodically due to a severe neuro-immune disease called ME/CFS. And now I am going to hike my second (!) Camino this year.
HOW BOLD DREAMS CAN BECOME REALITY
2019 is truly a year of new beginnings for me.
I did a lot of things for the first time in years in 2019.
Only one year ago, all of these things were just bold dreams. Two years ago, even dreaming about it seemed ridiculous. Three years ago, I was too sick to even dream about suchlike things…
Long story short: I keep walking forward into my new life and into full recovery.
Much love and blessing, Nadine