Things you think about when you’re walking

Things you think about when you’re walking 18 kilometers in one day:

Sounds: I can hear my friends’ poles ticking in the gravel, my feet crunching there too, birdsong, and distant church bells.

Sights: Is this too much sun? Should I put on more sunblock? I can see how far we’ve come. I think I can see the next town. I look at flowers along the path and try to idenitfy them. I scan the sky for clouds.

Sensations: I’m hungry. I’m thirsty. I’m hot. I think I feel a new blister. My backpack is to tight/loose. My underwear is creeping up.

Tastes: Pure water from the mountains. Bocadillos with egg and cheese and ham. Vino tinto. Fresh bread and sheep’s milk cheese.

Smells: Cow pasture, city busses, mountain thyme, rapeseed flowers (fields of them!), mud, my own body after a day of sweating in the sun.

Thoughts: How much I think depends on how rough the terrain is. Believe it or not, descent from a mountain is harder than you think and requires tremendous concentration on loose gravel. Other times, I’m surprised by songs I haven’t heard in years or long-lost memories from childhood. I think about the people I love and those who sponsored be (often both) I have two great traveling companions and our conversations are amusing, thoughtful and there’s also lots of amicable silence.

This trip is changing me into a more observant, peaceful person. I´m learning to be peaceful with every step.

If you think of me, send a prayer. I promise, I’m already doing the same with you.

So much love,
Jen

7 thoughts on “Things you think about when you’re walking

  1. Thinking of you every day, many times a day…so good to see this post and know you are well. Love to you!

  2. Thank you for your description of sights and sounds, Jen. Yumilicious in all ways because so present and full of gorgeous details, whether or not they’re pleasant! Agree about the descent being more difficult in some ways than the climb. Surprising until you’ve done it!

    So delighted that you’ve found wonderful travel companions to offer both conversation and silence.
    Thanks for sharing your experience. Appreciated
    but makes me cry, both in missing you and in missing something like this in my own life!

  3. It sounds like you’re having some changes that we will see when you return. I pretty much thought you were perfect….

  4. You could do this, Christine. Or something equally courageous. I have no doubt. ❤ Sending lots of love and gratitude to you, dear one!

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