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The big week is here!

Nick at office

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.

WalkingThis 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 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:


I think it will take about a month to complete with rest days. You can follow along by following my Facebook page:


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, Website


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Comment balloon 9 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • September 17 2018 11:03PM



I am so excited for you on this journey! I hope it will exceed your expectations! We look forward to hearing all about it and seeing some photos!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 11 months ago

What a wonderful adventure Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 stay safe and as Jeff Dowler, CRS already mentioned, we look forward to your follow up posts and pictures!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 11 months ago

Nick & Trudy what a fantastic journey, I would be interested to find out what the age demographics of this journey will be, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 11 months ago

You have such an amazing experience ahead of you, Nick. Can't wait to hear more about it.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 11 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS I will post photos, tried to post to AR from my phone the other day, not mobile friendly and did not work, so it will just be on Facebook.

Lisa Von Domek I will be posting photos to Facebook.

Endre Barath, Jr. I just saw a post on Instagram about an 87 year old man hiking the Appalachian Trail, he has hiked both the AT, the Pacific Crest Traila dn the Continental Divide Trail, pretty amazing and he loked fit and healthy. 

Nina Hollander I am really looking forward to it, I was teasing Trudy I may just keep on walking if I like it.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

Nick- I too am excited for you and the journey you are taking. Be safe, enjoy yourself and take lots of photos!!!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 11 months ago

Kathy Streib thank you.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

You are off to a great start I wish you success on your journey. Have a great weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 11 months ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I'm just now reading this for the first time! OMG! Where are you? Are you safe? When do you expect to get back?

I'll say a little prayer for you now and lots until I hear from you again! Be safe!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 months ago

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