Well my big adventure starts this week. Tuesday I leave for Portugal, flying in to Lisbon Airport on Wednesday late morning barring any delays. Then a trip into town on the Metro, a quick visit to a sports shop and then onto the Se de Lisboa to collect my Camino de Santiago credentials/passport which will allow me to stay in the Albergues/Hostels and obtain a Pilgrim meal from restaurants along the way at discounted rates. Then Wedensdaynight I will be staying at an AirBNB in Lisbon close to the Se de Lisboa where I will begin my trek on Thursday morning.
Each day I need to get my passport/credentials stamped and for the last 100 miles I need two stamps a day to prove to the office in Santiago that I have walked all the way to receive my Official Certificate.
This weekend I have been walking with my pack, 9 miles yesterday and today I walked to my office where my manager snapped my photo above and then home about 7 miles. I am glad Lisbon and the Camino will not be as humid as Philadelphia is right now. The last two days encouraged me to purge my bag of all unneccessary weight. It was weighing 18 pounds and my knees, ankle and various weak spots were complaining. I now have it down to 14 pounds much better.
As I walk I know that friends, colleagues and family are supporting two local charities.
Surrey Services for Seniors who help Seniors to age in place remaining in their homes and their communities. I have a donor who will match gifts upto $5000 so there is a chance to double your gift. You can donate on their web page www.SurreyServices.org/donate-now under the amount you are giving is a box to honor someone you know, we ask that you put Camino in the box that appears so we can track our response.
Alternatively I am asking for donations to the American Heart Association, as part of The Philadelphia Heart Walk you can donate there on: www2.heart.org/goto/CaminoHeartWalk
I think it will take about a month to complete with rest days. You can follow along by following my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nick.vandekar
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have a real estate need call Trudy Vandekar Selling the Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.,office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4545, emailTrudyVandekar@gmail.com. Website www.SellingTheMainLine.com.
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