On foot through Spain St. Jacob's way: why do you want to hike 872 kilometers

Debesylian stories

Today I am interviewing a 30-year-old girl from Debesy from Klaipėda. This is Lyuba, who had an unplanned attraction Via Santiago in Spain...

...And through Marched more than 800 kilometers on foot for 25 days. Although such long hikes, especially in Spain, were definitely not a daily activity for her.

Well, I give my word to Liuba, who will tell her thoughts, failures, decisions and other experiences on the Road herself.

Let's listen!

🥾 Lyuba, who are you?

I am Liuba, a girl from Klaipėda. I look at life with a smile and try to find something good even in the worst situation. I am a taster - I taste everything - I taste life.

🥾 Do you often challenge yourself?

I don't set challenges for myself - they come into my life by themselves. Once upon a time, I wanted to do a more interesting sport, and a newspaper with an article about the Klaipėda Mountain Sports Club fell into my hands. That's how I got interested in rock climbing and mountaineering.

When I wanted to engage in more active activities, I had to learn to drive a minibus with a trailer, and once to run through the woods with a backpack. As a child, I loved the sea, so during the regatta of large sailing ships 1 I became a volunteer, I got the opportunity to sail to Finland.

I take a step towards my dream, and then everything happens by itself.

From modesty, as you can see, I will not die either. 🙂

🥾 What challenge did you take on this time?

I was planning a trip to Nepal. But fate sent me to the path of Santiago.

The purpose of the trip was to walk 800 km in 25 days Santiago de Compostela. But that's what I thought at first. Later I met a Spaniard who helped me understand that the purpose of this trip is the trip itself.

🥾 Why Santiago?

I met a couple who were planning to go to Nepal in March and were looking for a company for the trip. Nepal is my dream, so I agreed to join without much thought. I got a passport, saved money, got a vacation from work and waited.

However, later I found out that my fellow passengers could no longer travel, so I was left alone with money and vacation for the month of March.

But I am a dreamer and I always naively believe that everything will be fine. I remembered the movie The Way (2010), I read this and that about the Way of Santiago and bought a ticket to the French town Saint Jean Pied de Porto.

When the time came, I packed my backpack and left.

My mother was very surprised that I prepared for such a long trip alone, without using any travel agency and without the company of friends. At first she tried to oppose my decision, but later she agreed.

🥾 how did it go

At the beginning of the trip, I ran like my eyes were burning. As I mentioned, my goal was to reach Santiago on time. For this, it was necessary to walk at least 30-33 km per day. In my hands I only had a sheet with the distances to working albergues (lodges) and on the road I saw yellow arrows that accompanied me all the way to Santiago.

No map or guide, but if you follow the arrows carefully it's hard to get lost. I hurried as much as I could. Sometimes I missed the opportunity to have a longer conversation with the people I met, and sometimes I even made mistakes that could have been unforgivable.

But later I met the Spaniard Sergio. When he heard that I plan to walk at least 40 kilometers on Sunday, he was surprised:

"This journey is the goal," he said. You need to enjoy everything you find on the road, and today is Sunday - a holy day, you need to rest. Join us and we'll all have a fun dinner tonight."

- Sergio, a Spaniard met on the Road -

Without believing myself, I did so - I asked a complete stranger. And I didn't regret it. I only walked 19 km that day, but I was well rested and had a wonderful day.

Later, I left everything to fate and wishes - I went as I wanted. There were days when I walked just 20 km, but there were also days when I exceeded the 50 km mark.

I thought and dreamed a lot on the road. One of the main dreams was to see Botafumeiro. It is one of the largest censers in the world and hangs from a rope attached to the ceiling of Santiago Cathedral.

At the end of the trip, I had lost hope that I would be able to reach the Cathedral of Santiago by Sunday morning, so I would not be able to attend mass.

But fate decided otherwise. I had to leave the albergue at 4 o'clock in the morning because of one snoring Italian, it was very uncomfortable, but during the day I met my travel companions and walked over 50 km.

The next morning around 12 o'clock I was already in the cathedral and watched the flight of the censer, the swing of which almost reached the ceiling of the cathedral.

Photo author: Liuba

🥾 What did you do when it was hard?

When something happens and I want to give up, I ask myself: "What will change if I give up now and don't try?" The answer is almost always the same: "Nobody."

You can't escape the problem, but you can solve it.

You may or may not succeed further, but you won't know until you try. So I always encourage myself and start working little by little so that in the future I can at least get one step closer to the goal. Sometimes you have to make decisions that are not very favorable for you. But that's what life is all about - if there were no contrast, we would not feel true happiness.

🥾 How did you feel when you reached your hiking goal?

My dreams are never fully realized, so I'm always happy with the end result. I never wanted to be the strongest athlete, the smartest student, or the best specialist.

But mostly I want to try something I haven't tried before, and because the feeling is not yet known, I can't get over it to expect something specific. 2

For example, when I climbed a mountain with a backpack on my back for the first time in the early winter morning, I asked myself why I was doing this - so this is my vacation. Normal people go where it's warm, where there's a pool and a bar, and I...

But when I climbed to the top of the mountain and saw that view, tears of happiness began to well up in my eyes, and I even took my breath away. I realized that I would get up at 5 o'clock in the morning, 3 I will hike 12 hours a day just to experience this feeling one more time.

🥾 What did you learn during Sanjtag?

I learned to let go during the trip. Letting go of everything that holds and does not give peace. I realized that people come and go in our lives and we have no right to be angry about it. I'd rather get the best out of a person, wish them luck and let them go. 4

  • I realized that we need to respect the other person and his choice even when we don't like him at all. If a person wants to be alone, it does not mean that he is angry or does not want to communicate. Maybe he just simply wants to be alone. 
  • I realized that it's not worth getting nervous about the little things. If you cannot change the situation, change your attitude. As the saying goes: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes."
  • I realized that sometimes problems solve themselves, you just need to wait a little bit calmly. And swim downstream.
  • And the main thing I realized is that although sometimes not so pleasant things happen, everything that happens on the road and in life has a meaning. In the end, everything works out for the best, the most important thing is to look at life positively and smile a lot. You know, it helps. 🙂

After returning home, I realized that walking 50 km a day is not my limit, so, after a little rest, I decided to participate in the Lithuanian 2x100 km walk: two days of one hundred kilometers, one day for rest. The hike went well, the goal was achieved - I made new friends, covered the distance.

Photo author: Liuba

🥾 Do you have any advice for people who want to repeat or surpass your adventure?

My adventure cannot be surpassed. Because every person, walking this road or going on any other journey, experiences his unique and unique adventure. Having good shoes and always being in a good mood is good advice to help you on any hike.

As the saying goes, "Dream and your wishes will come true." Well, add a little more effort to make things go faster and in the direction you want.

🥾 Soooooo... What challenge will you take on now?

I wouldn't call my current dream a challenge, but I really want to go to Iceland. I don't know when it will happen or what the circumstances will be, but I will definitely go there.

The great desire of my life is to travel halfway around the world.

Our world is very different in its natural phenomena: Argentina, India, African countries, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, well, and many other countries that usually do not fall for the offers of travel agencies. 🙂

🥾 Thank you, Luba!

And here's this one at the end:

  1. I have previously written why it's always best to expect less.
  2. My friend Valtiniks has written, why it is better not to compare anything.
  3. Tadas Rakauskas has told about meditations for releasing bad thoughts.
  4. And for those who want to travel the Way of Santiago, that's probably it best page, which writes about the trip in Lithuanian. I recommend it.

By the way, St. Jacob's Way is also in Lithuania

...And what trip would you like to go on? What was the most insanely fantastic trip you've ever been on? Would you like St. Are you going to cross Jacob's path? Share in the comments below!

  • Under the thunderstorms, I never wanted to, but now I wanted to cross the road to Santiago. :')

    • For a long time, I have dreamed of walking the Portuguese road to Santiago de Compostela, and I still haven't started, I don't understand what is holding me back. Now, I am determined again, your descriptions give me endless energy, and my fears are like nothing. I want to start this spring

  • This article is very timely and appropriate. I intend to travel this way myself, but not the French one, but the Portuguese one. I think there are many different adventures waiting for you. 🙂

  • I already want a good half-year…. But... It's a strange phenomenon that this road reminds me of myself from time to time. 🙂

  • That strange feeling when you are planning a summer trip to Lithuania and see such an article in Debesyla:D

  • It is nice to see that more and more Lithuanians decide to go outside their comfort zone.
    I'm leaving this way myself next week. 🙂

    • As I was walking along the road at the starting point, I was given a list of all the hotels and the dates from when to when they are open

  • An inspiring story:) I will find like-minded people - I will travel on this route sometime:) just need to reserve 25 days:)

    • Dalia, you will find bandmates on the road.:) I advise you to go this road alone and reserve a little more than 25 days. When walking, you want to be bound by time and people as little as possible. Don't be afraid and definitely go! Good luck!

  • I ran all the way to the ocean in 23 days, but it was a rush and not enjoying this way, I realized that only when I reached the ocean and when I looked at it with the eyes of a fool, then I only realized that the journey itself is the goal, not its finish! Take your time and enjoy the journey itself...

  • I like the pig Ontonis, that he is here. No matter how subtle the cloud may be, ours, the highest and most "wonderful" species, looks at the pig, that it may be a poet, a journalist 😀 , and not a product. Thank you that there is no puppy Amsis and no cat Murklytė.

  • Great! A very nice article, pilgrimages have always been tempting, but it seems that something was holding them back: my legs hurt, I don't have time, other trips take up space, people around me advise me not to do it, I read that road itvars are needed for such trips... Actually, all those problems are only in your head and as soon as you come to terms with them, comes the greatest liberation and determination to go on the road. Traveling alone is a joy and a blessing, but only when you are your friend and not your enemy. Therefore, I wish everyone to make friends with me and go on a hike. The kind where, as they say, couples can check if they are meant for each other, and single travelers can learn to be meant for themselves 🙂

    • Thanks for your support, Rugil! Indeed, I read recently that we, humans, are simply in principle created for long journeys - and when running we can run a marathon (some deer are faster, but after 500 meters they will be tired, and after 2 km they will not run), and hike all day (no like what cats). It's here... Probably others protect it just in principle, because it needs to be protected :))

  • I didn't want to go down this road, but this year I hear about this road so many times from the first hand... and there is an article... it seems that someday I will grow up too 🙂

    • Hey, hey. Perhaps the following sign(s) will speak to you! 😀 Then all you have to do is go and tell us what you experienced! :))

  • It's been half a year since I've been reading about such trips with envy and secretly "weaving" the thought :-) Great story

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