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I was thinking back to the morning I left Santarem

Garden in Santarem

As I was leaving the route took me via this garden looking out over the walls of the city. I stood and watched the sun rise and enjoyed the garden. 

Santarem gardenThe garden was gorgeous with beautiful views. ThereGate out of Santarem was an older man walking his dog. This was the start of the third day of my Camino and the weather promised to be hot but dry. I had to find a gate that was nearby the garden and my friend with the dog pointed out it was hidden behind a building just outside the garden. If you look closely, you will see the yellow arrow marking the route on the pillar of the gate on the right. As we were up high the path dropped down steeply.

 

Path out of SantaremThe flowers on the way down were beautiful and althoughRoute down from Santarem the cobblestones hurt my feet, I never did get to like walking on cobblestones, and the day prior had been very hard I was looking forward with joy in my heart to the days walking.

I somehow missed a turn at the bottom of this path and as a result ended up meeting Andre, a Frencman I walked with for the next 8 days to Porto. 

Letting go of those expectations helped.  I was initially frustrated so early in the day to have "lost" my way, but it allowed me to make a friend who was a delight to walk with mostly and who I was thankful to have nearby when I was tired and hot and just wanted to stop. He was an encouragement, being 10 years older than me and walking at a fast clip that we covered lots of miles a day and I skipped two rest days I thought I would take before Porto.

I was able to enjoy the day, and the start was just an indication of the beauty that the rest of the day held. It taught me to keep an open mind to problems when they arise and see the different opportunities that present themselves as answers. A useful trait where real estate is concerned, as is intuition for overcoming things that crop up in a deal.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • February 17 2019 04:44PM

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Hello, Nick - and what we learn and experience with those "detours": often priceless. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 1 month ago

Good morning again Nick. What a lovely reflection. I think your perspective is just right.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 month ago

Michael Jacobs I learnt so much from this trip and am still learning as I reflect upon it every day.

Sheila Anderson thank you, sometimes you see things differently when you look back at it.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 1 month ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 you could write a book about your Camino journey.  You have experienced so may beautiful spots as well as personal enlightenment.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 month ago

What a great story, yes sometimes it seems like certain things happen for a reason we just do not understand it at the time. Awesome pictures and a great story and it is nice you have met my name sake too:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 1 month ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I learnt a lot, so many books have been written about people's experiences on the camino another might not be the best use of the paper.

Endre Barath, Jr. he was a good person to walk with, being French he was interested in where we ate lunch and dinner every day and he did prefer a small hotel to a hostel. Here is a photo of him as we stopped for a mid morning coffee. The guy he is talking with had lived in Canada and loved talking with us about ice hockey. He had driven trucks all through the US.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 1 month ago

Nick, definitely it is indeed a resounding 'Yes' it is a European trait to eat and drink well and stay in better quarters:)) Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 1 month ago

Endre Barath, Jr. his guidebook was set up that way, mine was more about where to stay, his was all about the restaurants. He would often say with a strong French accent as we walked into some small town, Nick, we have to eat at this restaurant, it is supposed to be very good.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 1 month ago

Hi Nick... sometimes it is those detours in life that provide the most meaningful experiences. 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 1 month ago

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