Hogar Dulce Hogar: Back in Madrid but Camino bound

It’s good to be back in España! I’m pumped for another year of exploring this amazing country, starting with THE CAMINO. More on that in a bit.

First, allow me to gush about how supremely happy I am to NOT be looking for an apartment right now.

Since we signed for a second year on our place before we left in June, Taylor and I had our cozy little home waiting for us when we landed in Madrid last Wednesday. Ugh, I can’t tell you how grateful I am not to be dealing with the insane piso hunt this year. Several people on the Auxiliares’ Facebook page said they’ve been looking since the beginning of September without any luck.

Yep, paying two months rent during the summer was definitely worth it. I’ve just barely recovered from apartment hunting last fall.

You probably think I’m crazy to keep going back tho this, but it was for real the worst. The awfulness of piso hunting in Madrid cannot be overstated, in my humble opinion.

Can you see La Almudena in the distance? The Cathedral is our next door neighbor.
Can you see La Almudena in the distance? The Cathedral is our next door neighbor.

Speaking of things that are the actual worst, let’s talk about jet lag and how much it sucks.

Those two months in another time zone really did a number on me. The past couple of nights, I haven’t fallen asleep until 3 a.m. Today, I didn’t wake up until just after noon.

Stranger Things hasn’t helped. We’ve been watching a few episodes before bed, and although it’s totally amazing, it doesn’t really put me in the relaxing mindset necessary for a restful night’s sleep.

Whatever.

Celebrating being back in Madrid with drinks at the Dry Bar. My Gin Fizz is on the right. Taylor got an Old Fashioned.
Celebrating being back in Madrid with drinks at the Dry Bar. My Gin Fizz is on the right. Taylor got an Old Fashioned.

 

Even though it seems like we just got here, tomorrow is our last day in Madrid before Taylor and I fly north for a 10-day vacation!

Okay maybe *vacation* isn’t the right word…

We’re going to be hiking for eight days on the Camino de Santiago!

What is the Camino de Santiago?

The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James, is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe. All the routes lead to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where it is believed the remains of the saint are buried.

During the Middle Ages, the Camino was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in the world. Christians came from all across Europe to see the final resting place of the Apostle Saint James, who was beheaded in Jerusalem in 42 AD.

The Camino is still pretty darn popular today. In 2015, over 262,000 pilgrims (that’s the name for individuals undertaking the Camino) made the journey and not all of them for religious reasons.

For many, the Camino is a personal journey. I’m looking forward to testing myself both physically and mentally. It’s said the Camino has life-changing power. To be honest, I just want to see if I can hike 125 miles in eight days.

Discovery of deeper meaning in life? Possible.

Sore feet? Highly freaking likely.

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