What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
When the group were becoming very tired walking we sang all sorts of songs ranging from modern pop, musicals and hymns-absolutely magical. For me it was also seeing seriously disabled people walking the Camino at their own pace but with such determination. I found this very moving and humbling. Also completing the trek as a group in the beautiful old city of Santiago which is a very special place.
What did you think of your group leader?
Josea was absolutely superb. He was very protective of the group, was the first up in the morning and the last one to go to bed. He would provide fruit and sometimes cake for the journey and had intimate knowledge of the Camino and surrounding area. He was constantly planning ahead and arranged many fantastic meals at local pensions/restaurants at unbelievably low prices. He quickly assessed the ability of the group members and developed a bespoke approach to every person. Fantastic man management and thoroughly decent and likeable person. We couldn't have wished for a better guide. In fact we were all very sad as he left the group at the end as it was like being parted from a really good friend. He burned with the desire for every person to enjoy their Camino and this desire shone from him.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Really do your home work on walking shoes/walking sticks and other gear. Make sure you have plenty of appropriate plasters for blisters and make sure that you have broken in fully any walking boots. It is worth investing in really good walking socks too. Watch the film "The Way" with Martin Sheen which is set around walking the Camino.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
People walk the Camino for many different reasons. Religious, work related, relationship difficulties etc or just for the challenge. I would advise anybody who is up for a real challenge and a unique experience to "do the Camino". We couldn't have wished to have travelled with a better firm. Exodus is fantastic as far as I am concerned and wouldn't hesitate to book with them again. We stayed at eight different pensions/hotels over the trek and they were great. Thank you Exodus and well done!