taking it slow on the camino

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We are on Day 13 of our Camino and we have covered about 230 km or so. But we going slow in comparison to everyone else. We have had two rest days which were a blessing for our feet and muscles 🙂

On the trail, we often are getting blitzed by others. So when we saw this little fellow; he reminded us of how we are trying to do this Camino.


“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor

We are probably the slowest 30-somethings on the walk but it doesn’t matter. We are enjoying it!

For our day-to-day video updates, check out our Facebook Page. We will get a photo essay up soon of the Camino to-date to share 🙂

And today we were mentioned for our fundraising efforts for Angelman Syndrome. To read it, click here

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Have you done the Camino? Please share your experience! We welcome any tips as well.


34 thoughts on “taking it slow on the camino

    Jaspa said:
    October 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Love it!

    BTW, Rich did his PhD on snails?…. And fossil ones at that!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      OMG – we saw so many snails!! So many different types. We loved the fact that we kept seeing them because we felt that they were like a metaphor of us pilgrims. Backpack on our backs and taking it slow… although not everyone was taking it slow! So every time we saw them, we would remember to “slow down”… we even had a thing called “Snail of the Day” where we took a photo of any snail that we thought was pretty original or different to what we had already seen. Would you like a copy of our snail book when we make one? 😉

        Jaspa said:
        October 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Sounds fantastic! Rich could probably bore you with the Latin names for some of them!

    Anastasia said:
    October 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Nice quote and fits perfectly the picture! 😀 Haha that snail made my day

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 4, 2014 at 1:25 am

      🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment! It has made our day after walking 27 km today.

    thegrownupgapyear said:
    September 23, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I agree! I can’t understand people who rush on with their heads down and miss out on the beautiful scenery around them. It’s not a race, so do it in your own time 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 And wise words to do it in our own time! Hope you are well!

    Curt Mekemson said:
    September 20, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I’ve discovered that my camera is a sure fired way of slowing things down. LOL I am sure the walk would require at least a hundred stops per day. –Curt

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 20, 2014 at 4:47 am

      Yes, we have slowed down to ensure we capture lots of photos or just to capture the moments in our minds! Some days it feels like we are stopping more than moving! 🙂

    Gypsy Bev said:
    September 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Slow is my only speed! Enjoyed the quote from Eddie Cantor. Will use it as my Bubble of Joy some evening on Facebook. Thanks!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      It is so important to constantly remind and be reminded that life should be taken slow… Glad you could share that quote with others! 🙂

    prior said:
    September 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    thanks for this slow down reminder and love the close up of this sludgy fellow. peace 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 19, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Hey Yvette – it is easy for us to “rush around” in the society we live in! So walking the camino has showed us how important “slowing down” really is 🙂 Hope you have been well!

    the eternal traveller said:
    September 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Slow is good…you can relax and enjoy it all.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 19, 2014 at 12:16 am

      Yes – slow is allowing us to see so much 🙂

    CrazyChineseFamily said:
    September 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Take care, you will enjoy everything much more when you “slow down”. What is the need for rushing, you might even miss out on something when you hurry too much 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 19, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Thank you 🙂 You said it beautifully… we certainly don’t want to miss out on something because we were in a hurry! Hope you and the family are all well!

    Mabel Kwong said:
    September 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Fast or slow, all of you will get to the end at some point. But as the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. Take your time, soak up the sights and the little creatures like the snail around you 🙂 Good luck!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 19, 2014 at 12:20 am

      Hi Mabel – thanks for your wise words & the encouragement! 🙂 We will have to call you an honorary “wise monkey” from now 😉 Hope you have a great rest of the week and weekend!

        Mabel Kwong said:
        September 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        Oh my gosh. Honorary “wise monkey”. Thank you so much! I love monkeys! You have a good weekend 🙂

    Know-All said:
    September 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

    That’s alovely quote, WiseMs…I will keep that in mind, when I want to rush through things! All the best with your journey!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you!! It is a quote we need to remember as people rush pass us! Our mind, feet and bodies are happy for the slower pace too 🙂 Hope you are well!

    nepaliaustralian said:
    September 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I am loving you travel posts:). Take care and have a great time.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you for your well wishes 🙂 Glad to hear you are enjoying our posts! Each day has been a different adventure of sorts.

    sixdegreesphotography said:
    September 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Wow you both are awesome.. Very proud of you so keep on walking 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      That is such a lovely message, thank you 🙂 We are maintaining high spirits but it is rather physically and mentally tough. One step at a time 🙂

    ytaba36 said:
    September 18, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I have a “blog friend” who is doing the walk right now. His latest email was from El Burgo Ranero. He’s 2-3 weeks into the pilgrimage.

    What an undertaking!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Wow – how awesome! There are so many people on the trail at the moment, it’s pretty amazing! Sounds like he is about 3-4 days ahead of us 🙂

    Ayla said:
    September 18, 2014 at 6:53 am

    There’s no need to rush things like that. There were people speeding along on the Inca Trail but you need to go at your own pace otherwise you wear yourself out! Plus taking it slower means you get to look around you and enjoy the scenery a lot more. Sounds like a treat adventure!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Beautifully said, Ayla! We do need to go at our own pace – it is not a race by any means. And yes, when we stop and enjoy the scenery, it makes all the pain and weariness seem to dissipate at times 🙂 Hope you have been well!

    Diana said:
    September 18, 2014 at 4:37 am

    like the quote!!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 18, 2014 at 5:08 am

      It’s quite a fitting quote for life in general, isn’t it?

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