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Just back from our Camino - a mini one starting at the 102km mark.

The idea of walking the Camino came to me from Mighty Quinn on a cruise board. As I read and researched it - it began to take a life of its own and soon I was writing to various Camino operators for quotes and information and scouring the internet for camino blogs.

DH first promised to drop me and pick me up each day but as he too read about the Camino he decided to walk with me. I read somewhere that the Camino chooses you and somehow this journey very different from any other travel we have undertaken chose us. Friends were incredulous that we, two grossly overweight and sedentary people, who enjoyed staying in 5 star hotels and visiting exotic lands would undertake this ( for us) monumental historic walk.

So one year ago we began our training regimen with short walks each morning and then longer at weekends finally increasing the weekend walking to 14 and 15 km. When the time came we felt totally comfortable with the 10-20k walks scheduled for us by our camino agent but little did we know... OK more later on this.

I have always done a lot of research in picking a TA. Its not just the price but the quality of the operator that is important. So when I went to South Africa I used And beyond, then known as cc africa, and when I went to east africa I used Sandi who is a regular on the Africa board and was entirely satisfied. I sent emails to a few agents and got varying replies in both prices and quality. There were the luxury caminos where they would have a car following you and providing aircon, chilled water and iced towels, The Spa caminos where your days would end in a beautiful resort offering health, relaxation and beauty treatments. The resorts at La Toja Island, Caldas de Reis and Mondariz are some of the most famous. But though I like my creature comforts I am no Spa Girl! I liked Liz Helmore from Nativa Travel the best. She was precise, forthright and offered an itinerary that seemed to suit. I was sure that I could rough it out at a Casa Rural or whatever, for a few days of walking especially since I would enjoy the luxurious Hostal Los Reyes Catolicos with its history at the end.

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