Well I’ve Never Been Spain…

When P. and I got engaged, I did all the things most women seem to do at this time and started brainstorming and planning like crazy (wedding post forthcoming). One of the big decisions to be made was where we would go for a honeymoon…

A while back P. and I went to see The Way. Brief summary: It is about a man who completes a pilrimage in his son’s honor. It was life changing. We were both really moved by the movie and inspired to do something like this one day. The pilgrimage featured in the movie is The Camino de Santiago de Compostella. It is the pilgrimage route to a cathedral in Spain where the remains of the apostle St James are buried. The most popular route for this pilgrimage starts in France and ends at the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

plumbs spain

Photo courtesy of J and N

P is super outdoorsy, I prefer a few more comforts and luxuries. I knew that a fancy European honeymoon was not going to be an option. I also wanted to do something unique, so… what if I combined our styles with a backpacking trip in Europe. Tah Dah!!!! We’ll do the Camino de Santiago!

Photo Credit: my sister and brother-in-law

P was down for the plan and I couldn’t have thought of a better idea. What a great way for newlyweds to bond and really go through something epic together than to walk to a cathedral in Spain for a few weeks. What a great metaphor for the journey of marriage itself, go through the ups and downs, good times and bad, and accomplish something amazing in the end. It wasn’t in our budget to go on a honeymoon right away, so we are planning a one-year anniversary/ honeymoon trip.

Noah Spain

Photo courtesy of my sister, J

After doing some research, I found that the most popular Camino route starts in France (sigh, I love French things) and takes about 5 1/2 weeks to complete. At first I was on board, but then reality set in and it is very unlikely that we’d be able to get that much time off and afford to be away that long, plus, to be honest, I had no clue who could watch Sunny, our French Bulldog (see, I love French things) for that long. So, after more research, I found another route from Portugal, the Camino Portugu├ęs!!! This route starts in Porto, Portugal and takes about 1 1/2 weeks, much better :).

I am a city girl and not a backpacker by any means. P, got me, my first official big girl backpack for my birthday, isn’t it awesome! I have a lot more planning to do and thingsbackpack to purchase for this trip. I took out the backpack for a two night camping trip (oh the things we do for love) and I can tell you so far, that 1. I love it, and 2. I need better packing skills, I ran out of room fast and that was only for two nights.

I absolutely cannot wait for this trip, plus, it is our one big out of the country trip that we will take before trying to make a baby (I would love to conceive during our trip). I’ll keep you posted on the trip planning, and post a lot of pictures and journal stories from our trip. 8 1/2 months to go! Buen Camino!!

{Note: If the title made you think of the Three Dog Night song, then I think you are cool and we should be friends}

Where did you honeymoon, and how great was it?

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