I woke early this morning to take my last shower in the luxury of my own home and was wallowing in the delight of piping hot spray when it started to cool down and I had to rush to wash the conditioner from my hair before it turned freezing. The gas bottle had run out – no such luxury as mains gas in these parts. So that was that! Shower abruptly over. After dressing, the last few items were ticked off my packing list as I placed them in my backpack, and I was ready to go.
I have spent the last couple of weeks touching base with family in the UK over Easter and then meeting friends in Competa for a fabulous mountain hike, various farewell lunches and dinners, and yesterday was spent at our beautiful riverside location of La Fabrica for a Chi Kung class with my women’s group, followed by a picnic. So my energy should be well centred, ready for my walk. David wished me a fond farewell at the station and I have received some lovely messages from friends. I am very lucky to have so many loved ones to say goodbye to.
So here I am, sitting on the AVE high speed train at María Zambrano station in Málaga, awaiting my 10:55 departure. The station is very well organised and spotlessly clean and I am very excited to be about to have my first experience of the AVE. The train was waiting when I arrived 30 minutes early, we were allowed to board and the seats are very comfortable with oodles of leg space. And now that we have left the station there is a film show – ‘I, Daniel Blake’ – a fabulous and moving film that I have already seen, but well worth a re-run.
And now a new adventure begins. I will meet up with three of my camino pals this afternoon, and two more tomorrow. We are quite an international band, including two Brits, two Germans, an Australian and a South African. Who knows how we will all get along or how long we will stay together. Three I have walked with on past caminos and one I feel I know from all the correspondence we have shared.
Here is a story waiting to be told…stay tuned.