The Portuguese Way, from Porto, Portugal (Day one)
Getting ready to walk the Portuguese Way from the enchanting city of Porto, my journey unfolds with the first light of day. Arriving in Porto at 7:00 am after an early morning flight from Barcelona, I am excited about the adventure ahead.
Every journey is unique, with unexpected twists and turns. Some paths happen spontaneously, while others are meticulously planned for years. Today, I will start a long-cherished dream that took time and preparation to come to fruition.
At the beginning of 2020, my life took an unexpected turn, leaving me feeling lost and unprepared for the life ahead. Searching for meaning and clarity, I heard stories of how the “Camino de Santiago” had transformed the lives of others. I yearned for that same illuminating experience, a guiding light to shape my future. However, amidst my confusion, the chaos of the pandemic forced me to seek alternative routes in rebuilding my life. That dream patiently awaited its chance.
Each pilgrim embarks on this journey with personal expectations and intimate desires. Some seek solace in religious devotion, fulfilling promises, or seeking miracles. Others search for answers to redefine their lives, or they want to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.
Today, I set foot on the path in Porto, Portugal. No longer burdened by the pain and fear that once consumed me, I embrace this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims who have traversed these trails for centuries. As I start walking, I remain open to the blessings and revelations the journey will bestow upon me.
The Central Portuguese trail awaits, stretching over 150 miles of magnificent terrain. While a mere couple of hours by car, I plan to immerse myself in its wonders for ten unforgettable days. Though I have a basic outline, I am open to the whims of the path, surrendering to its offerings.
Winter’s chill will accompany me, with rain showers to endure. My daily load grows lighter as I shed unnecessary possessions, yet my photography gear, reduced to a bare minimum, still weighs around 4 lbs.
With profound emotion, I embark on this transformative journey, eager to weave together my experiences and share them with the world. Telling stories becomes an integral part of my pilgrimage as I explore the depths of my being and embrace the magic that unfolds along the Way.