I am at our hotel lobby in Burgos, it is late at night and it takes 20 minutes for one picture to upload. Thus, I desided to write a brief blog-entry focusing on people and our team.
By coincidence we have three pilots, at least four financial advisors/accountants, one real estate guy, one Spaniard and a German – and some legitimate professionals – on this trip. (Sounds like the beginning to a joke, but it is not – well, we think we’re funny at least.) What I am aiming at is: we’ve got personality.
All of it melts away on the Camino though. Okay, I will stand corrected: all of it gets exaggerated by the Camino. That’s true at least for day one or two. The German in the group wants to be on time and can’t stand the delays. The Spaniard might not like the regimented food intake – like eating during the day. (Dinner at 7 pm? Really?). Our Americans would like to have some “real coffee” – or Diet Coke. Et cetera.
You know what this sounds like? Yup, a Transatlantic flight on a U.S. carrier. But this ain’t Kansas anymore. We all are being pushed and shoved in and out of our comfort zones and one thing stands like a rock: we have compassion for one another, suck things up and know when to speak our mind. Sounds like family? Camino family.
So, this group of individuals meet a few times US-side and then hangs for a few days in Madrid only to finally receiving the ultimate “bucket challenge” treatment of getting the ice-cold Camino dumped on them. This is not only referring to the physical aspect of this journey, but also the one of dealing with people, as a group, not being in their comfort zone.
My stage review will still follow, bur for now, let it be known that today was a success on the Camino for our group as I believe we have finally truly arrived on the Camino.