This was the halfway point and as soon as I crossed the mark I felt some sorrow as the Camino end is now more tangible. It’s still two weeks away, but I am so in flow with the daily routine of the Camino, it’s hard to imagine plopping back into the ‘real world.’ Here is a snapshot into what the Camino routine is… it typically begins with a 6:00 am wakeup when someone in the Albergue’s alarm goes off, after that it is impossible to sleep through the rustling of the early departure pilgrims. I usually gather my belongings and hit the trail before the sun has risen. I tend to walk about 2 hours to the first town and find a cafe to stop for breakfast. Then a 6ish hour pattern of walk, break, walk, break, walk, break, walk - until rolling into the village for the night between 2:00 & 4:00 pm. This is always during ‘siesta time’ and yes, siesta is real! All the shops are closed and it feels like a ghost town until 5:00 when things begin to reopen. I settle into my space and bed for the night - if I’m lucky I'm able to score a bottom bunk, but oftentimes they reserve them for the elderly and at 37 I'm one of the younger ones on the Camino. A shower and an assessment of the day's damage on the feet is next. Then I head to a grocery store in an attempt to get a snack before dinner if there is one, but a lot of the villages are so small that the only option is a bar or cafe. At this time I plan my route for the next day depending on how I feel and what reservations are available. Dinner is served at 7:30 and consists of a first course which is either a soup or salad, a main entree, a dessert along with endless wine and bread. Meals have been hit or miss, just when you’re prepared for another bland spaghetti dish you get surprised with a vegetarian option or if you’re lucky, more than one option! After that is bed time and you do it all again - it's amazing how time passes quickly even with such simple daily tasks and achievements.