Monday, October 13, 2014

North&South

Two of my recent posts (that I know of) have been deleted...poltergeists? Has that ever happen to you? It's been a rough re-entry to real life beyond the Camino and I won't bore you with the details. Just that it feels like we've paid for every minute we've been away. Today was a little brightspot. North&South magazine (NZ) did an article on me and my two sisters, Sharon and Pietra, for their November issue. There's no electronic link, so you'll just have to fly down to NZ to buy a copy. Can you buy me some Pineapple Lumps while you're down there? You will notice in the photo it looks like I need to pee. Oh well... if that's the worst of it...
From North&South magazine, Pietra, me and Sharon





It's in the Family Ties section.  How deputy editor Joanna Wane made sense of my 9am blitherings and run-on nonsense (see my first par on this blog post) is amazing. It's fascinating to watch a good journalist in action and I tried to take note of her questions which were wide ranging and searching and her demeanour which was low key.

I don't know about you, but someone asking for my thoughts on this and that quite the novelty.  I could have carried on for days. I guess that's what therapists are for.  I must look into that. I wish I'd worn color and a collar, but again you live and learn.

As you can't read the text: my sister Sharon, 50, is a producer and journalist for Checkpoint at Radio NZ, Pietra, 48, is an international documentary maker, her latest film is The Flickering Truth about film archive hidden in Kabul. I was a journalist in London for 15 years and now I'm freelance journalist. No, let's face it - I'm a van driver.

It was funny reminiscing about what we did during our summers during our childhood. I would ride my bike to the public pool to meet two friends and spend the day diving for pebbles and lie on not-too-clean concrete for hours. Happy as Larry.

Once home I would line up unripe nectarines on my bedroom window sill, scrunch through them and read through all the novels by Enid Blyton (high jinks in Devon, now regarded as  horribly unPC) Somerset Maugham (his crusty observations on alcoholic expats in the Tropics was probably not suitable for a 13-year-old but oh well) and Jilly Cooper (horsey high jinks in Gloucestershire) Strange bedfellows.

What about you?






Santiago de Compostela!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

I did it! I got to Santiago!  825 km from where we started in St Jean in France. Walking every day for 27 days. Many 10-hour days. Relieved, ecstatic, so tired. 

Looks like I'm doing a Julia Roberts in this photo, but its just the underarm shadow, promise. 

Funnily enough the cathedral was covered by scaffolding and trompe l'oeil. 

The Compestela Certificate for completing the Camino. 

Inside the Cathedral. 

At the beginning in St. Jean in France 27 days ago. So young, so fresh!

What did I learn from this seemingly endless walk that ended at 3pm today? Tomorrow if you're around I can tell you. 

Thanks for coming along with me and for your funny, lovely, encouraging comments. They meant the world to me. 
 

63 comments:

  1. A heartfelt congratulations...well done my good woman!
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    1. You will have to start planning for yours, well when the kids are older . Although i did see one German woman with her older daughter and 10 year old son who had been walking for five months, but that seemed a bit extreme!
  2. Congratulations. A wonderful achievement.

    Sue
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  3. Bloody well done Jody!
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  4. Whoo hoo! Congratulations. Now go have a hot bath and some champagne!
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  5. WoW !!! this was so cool; I have to do this one day and you have been such an inspiration especially dealing with the loss of an old dear friend during a most trying stretch of the journey. I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts tomorrow but also please do a another post upon returning home after you've had more time to reflect. Congratulations Jody and thank you for sharing....now get a hot bath, a stiff drink, and good night's rest in posh accommodations; you've earned it!
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    1. All done as directed. Thanks for being so supportive GSL
  6. You are a hero! So happy for you!
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  7. Awesome feat, congrats indeed
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  8. Amazing achievement Jody!! Hope you're enjoying a celebratory meal and bottle of wine xx
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  9. Oh, wow! You must feel great about this achievement!!!! But tired too....
    I bet you bounce back tomorrow. Xxx
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  10. Jody, You did it!!! Way to go. Totally awesome and amazing. Thanks for bringing me along. Loved it all. Now I hope you get a lot of pampering and foot massages! xxoo Kim
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  11. Congratulations!!!!!
    I got a bit scared for you on the last leg through the woods. Actually I was terrified. Bravo!!!
    Linda C.
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  12. Waaayaaayy.......fan-bloody-tastic!......xxx
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  13. What an achievement! Congratulations on finishing.

    I'm wondering if you'll ever be the same person you were when you started...
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  14. Wonderful!! I've been reading about this walk, and truly, this is an accomplishment and a long meditation.
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  15. Amazing Jody, you are an inspiration, congrats to you!!!
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  16. Hello Jody,

    We cannot imagine the feeling of elation that you must be experiencing at the end of this huge personal challenge. You did it.....and more than survived. Many, many congratulations.

    We are so sorry that your husband had to withdraw because of his injuries. You have both been an inspiration to others who have followed you virtually in your footsteps!
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    1. Yes sadly although Kevin did 17 days he does not get the Compostela Certificate but those who do the last 100 km did get it. Seems sad, but he will return when tallulah is 18 to finish it - or that is the plan.
  17. Huge congratulations!!! Such an amazing accomplishment!!
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  18. Well done! I can't imagine doing such a walk, so it was fun to do it vicariously with you.
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  19. I really didNOT think YOU would finish!I am just bursting with PRIDE for YOU...............tell us what you learned by doing this I cannot wait!
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    1. Yes I had my doubts on the first day and after two weeks two!
  20. Well done that woman! You'll look back on it and think 'good grief, how did I do that?'. :)

    Put yer feet up and rest yer knees! With a big fat G&T. :)
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  21. Fabulous. You are fabulous. Well done. xx
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  22. Congratulations Jody! It has been so interesting reading along ... food for thought.
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  23. Wow! A spectacular accomplishment! Congratulations on achieving such a wonderful goal. I am sure the journey, the lessons and the memories will stay with you forever. It was wonderful to see all of fantastic pictures and read all of your commentaries.
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    1. It's great to have the photos because then it stays with you longer doesn't it?
  24. Pretty amazing! I'm so impressed!
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  25. This was wonderful, well done you!! That's fantastic :))) Such an amazing place to end it :))) xx
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  26. Congratulations! I have been so impressed with your determination and I've thoroughly enjoyed following along (from the comfort of my sofa!) You certainly look ecstatic in that photo and deserve a glass or two of Champagne now.
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    1. Yes thanks Miss B there was a Gin and T in the Parador, which handily enough was just next door
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    1. All this will be close to you when you move to Bavaria
  28. Congratulations Jody! I understand what a big accomplishment this was. As difficult as the journey is to describe, you did a fantastic job taking us along with you!
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    1. Wanted to hear more about your experiences walking too Gina, thanks for all your comments. Actually you tipped us off to stay at parador in Santiago, but we had to cancel it in the end as we thought we might have to leave early. We went for a mammoth gin and tonic and tapas though
  29. Love the scaffolding cover on the cathedral. Oh, and well done you!
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    1. Oh no, they've made the best of it haven't they? still it was a bit weird to walk up to ...scaffolding
  30. Hi Jody. A truly remarkable effort- not only the physical and mental
    fortitude required to complete the Cameno but your quirky, humorous,
    interesting reports made the Walk come alive for me so now I can sit and enjoy. Love Dad
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    1. Thanks Dad, think this walk would suit you too
  31. Jody, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I loved your posts. Would you mind doing the Camino again? I already miss those beautiful pictures. Job well done my dear.
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    1. HI there, Next time it will be another one, we've realised many other countries (which have a santiago) have them too
  32. You inspired my latest blog post. I too miss great points of wisdom when tying up my laces ;)
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    1. Thanks for the shout out and linky love Jen! I am fascinated by your business book and dark comedy novel...want to hear more
  33. You should be so proud - I'm proud of you.
    Great achievement and wonderful memories.
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    1. Thanks Pat, how amazing that you had been to the Paradors in the past too - do you think they had changed much?
  34. Congratulations...I am awestruck!!!
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    1. Forgot to say all the red wine with the Pilgrims meals was cold, actually chilled (could not get used to it!)
  35. I'm standing up at my desk to cheer. Bloody marvellous!
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    1. You next Trish - for your travel blog
  36. You are a legend my friend - well done....have spent the evening re-reading all your posts. I am in awe - be very proud of your achievement x
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  37. Congratulations!!! Have loved following your journey... well, I followed most of it until I briefly fell off the blogging wagon :-)
    Sx
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