Well after a 6 hour transit in Singapore, which became a vegetarian investigation – alert if you are a pedantic vegetarian terminal 2 is the only place in Changi airport you can buy pure vegetarian food with Kaveri providing the best vegetarian Indian outside of India being my favorite we got food! Then after an epic 12 hour flight, which seemed to last forever we made our way to the Hilton at Stansted to be reunited with the Beanster and Andy for the beginning of our journey to Santiago.
There is nothing like a reunion to put a tear in your eye and make you realize how important friendships are and how every encounter counts. We sat for a few hours with a few beers and discussed everything possible to cover the two years since we last saw each other. We discussed our hopes for the walk in a holistic way, so physical, emotional, spiritual and frivolital (not a word but it is now) The people we meet in life are always important, never forget that, whether they are for a season, a reason or forever. Our lives are enriched by those who we share with, we each prepared one another for those moments that will be a challenge and the fencing moments that will arise from the simple fact we have walking poles, yes that is the real purpose of walking poles, the simple ability to have pretend sword fights.
Mr Revthreads and myself are still somewhat jet lagged,I feel like I have a backpack under each eye before I even consider putting my pack on my back but today we will load up and head off on The Way of Saint James. The anticipation of what we will encounter bubbles ever so slightly under the surface along with the mantra, “make the walk your own!” Our journey started in Brisbane and so far has brought us to London, but today the big steel bird will take us to Santiago where we will catch our transfer to Sarria and an old monastery for another night of fun and sleep before our walking boots hit the path and carry us forward. Stay tuned and Bueno Camino friends.