I was really surprised heading out of beautiful St Jean village, in all its red and white festival colours, how euphoric and teary- eyed I felt: like this really was going to be a life-changing journey. Then I came down to earth. Day One was brutal - it took us eleven hours to do a seven hour walk!
I keep asking myself what didnt I more and why didnt I read about the history on the plane instead of watching Spiderman. No matter, pilgrims true of heart walk on, just putting one foot in front of the other.
One incredibly thing is how encouraging the villagers are. They all call "Buen Camino!!!" - as you pass. They are proud of you. Here's breakfast from yesterday at Carmen's in Zubiri- check out the toilet doors.
I am well versed in every loo and amenable tree along the way if youre interested. Signing off with my trail name, The Peeing Kiwi, hopefully soon to be Warrior Walker