Date: 3 weeks ago   Category: Travel

Yakov's way: lessons, but not tourism. Quarter thousands of kilometers on foot


Kiev resident Irina Kisil for one and a half weeks became a pilgrim and has passed on foot a quarter thousands of kilometers on roads of Portugal and Spain. As it becomes, she has told the Correspondent. I have passed on foot 251 km on the way of Yakov — from the city of Porto (Portugal), along the ocean, to Spanish Santiago de Compostela. Still such Way call Camino de Santiago — literally "the road to Santiago". My Kamino Portugez is one of piligrimsky routes to the Spanish Galicia, there are Saint Yakov's relics, Irina Kisil writes to Correspondent Magazine No. 15. As earlier pilgrims went to Monastery, so in Spain pilgrims went to Santiago, to relics of the apostle. Over time except the religious reasons to pass a long journey were added "spiritual", "tourist". In 2017 along Camino's routes there have passed 300 thousand pilgrims. From them 20% — aged people of 60 years. Routes are used different. Besides Portuguese, beautiful and difficult Kamino Norte and also Kamino Fransez who is considered in the first and original Way are popular. I have wanted to go Portuguese coastal as Northern has seemed to me difficult, but there were a wish to be about the ocean. The route is chosen to themselves on the level of complexity, geography and a lyudnost and also according to number of days which can take away on such travel. Anyway all routes of Camino meet in городеСантьяго - Kompostela. By the beginning! The road on all routes is shown by yellow arrows and shells. A shell — because Saint Jacob is represented with a shell. The one who draws all these arrows and shells — the gold person. On my way everything has been so carefully marked that I used maps in phone only for reinsurance. Indexes on the road are placed wonderfully. In the first days I began to worry, where to go further as soon as the possible fork in the distance was outlined. Often it turned out that it at all and not a fork, but a glade, and it is necessary to go in the same direction, as earlier. Here I have learned not to worry ahead of time and to trust where naturally conduct legs. Among pilgrims there is an expression "Camino's lessons". They precisely exist. Everyone will learn in Camino that it is necessary for him. I walked 11 days. In day I passed 20-30 km. I planned loading thus: there is a wish to go slowly — I am slowed down, there is a wish to fly — I gather speed. Happened that you go and you cry, so knees hurt, but you pass the city — there a holiday on the square, music, and said only yesterday: "As there is a wish to dance". And where there those knees — a backpack on a floor, a glass of wine, I dance with all, I am happy. These pedestrian loadings on forces if to listen to itself and to travel to joy. Someone goes Camino on 800 km. And some (for example, Spanish natives) can pass the next 40 km for days off, then come back home, fulfill week at office and next Saturday to start with a backpack from that point where have finished last Sunday. These are kaminovets of the day off. It is considered that you have passed Camino if has overcome the last 100 km before Santiago. It pro-believing

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