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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 28: As journey's end draws closer, a pilgrim relies on the essentials - cake for breakfast, wine for dinner

Day 28 (Sunday, July 30): Samos to Barbadelo, 18.4 km, 6.25 hours. Total for Days 1-28 = 671 km (417 miles)

I walk quickly through the masses of new pilgrims. I slow down when the crowd thins. I rest in the shadows. I ignore my phone. I take lots of photos. I take no photos. I have deep thoughts. I think of nothing at all.

I stay up late. I no longer nap. I sit in silence. I wake when my body is ready. I eat cake for breakfast. I drink wine for dinner. I crave ice cream cones.

I smile at everyone. I talk for hours. I laugh often and loudly. I sing along. I attempt handstands. I close my mouth and open my ears. I accept help. I am present in the moment.

I care greatly for those I've met along the way. I appreciate their companionship, their honesty and their trust. I think of them often.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I almost missed this arrow. I took a short break, searching for a sign and hoping someone would come along to help me. Sure enough, two lovely ladies (Meghan and Ollie, Ireland) just happened to come walking down the trail in my direction. Then the three of us stood there together waiting for someone else to come. We didn't have to wait long, thankfully.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Meghan and Ollie, from Ireland.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Lush greenery. I'm constantly surrounded by beauty these days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The photo doesn't quite capture it, but the lighting in this spot was just magical.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Mantas told me that, in Lithuania, the first person to see a white horse is sure to have good luck. I've seen three of them since he told me that.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

These trees seem so young compared to the elders I've walked by in the past few days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I was so happy to reach this place - my first food and coffee of the day!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I walked quickly through the busy city of Sarria.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Local man watering flowers from his balcony.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I stopped in this beautiful church, Convento de la Merced, for a stamp. It is an albergue too. I would've enjoyed staying there, but wanted to go a bit further outside of Sarria.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Outside the Convento de la Merced.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Outside the Convento de la Merced.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

No matter what language someone speaks, their response to this is always "Wow!"

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The albergue I ended up at was perfect! Pool, bar, food, small rooms and semi-private bathrooms.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I played cards with these guys.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

We ended the night with more wine and good fun. Marco (Italy), me, Meghan and Marco (Italy).

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The backside of my Camino passport, after 28 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue Casa Barbadelo

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi, 29, of St. Petersburg, FL., is a teacher at Country Day School in Largo, FL. She is currently in Europe walking the 500-mile Camino De Santiago. She is sending the Times a daily blog post about her solo journey, which is expected to last 33 days, ending on August 4, 2017. You can e-mail Kelly at [email protected], though you might not hear back until after she returns.

Read the post for Day 29 of Kelly's Camino.

Follow Kelly's Camino from the beginning: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4 / Day 5 / Day 6 / Day 7 / Day 8 / Day 9 / Day 10 / Day 11 / Day 12 / Day 13 / Day 14 / Day 15 / Day 16 / Day 17 / Day 18 / Day 19 / Day 20 / Day 21 / Day 22 / Day 23 / Day 24 / Day 25-26 / Day 27

Find out more about the Camino de Santiago, a centuries-old pilgrimage route to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, at santiago-compostela.net/.

On the Camino de Santiago, Day 28: As journey's end draws closer, a pilgrim relies on the essentials - cake for breakfast, wine for dinner 08/01/17 [Last modified: Thursday, August 3, 2017 9:54am]
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