About the trip?

May 18, 2007

I haven´t written anything about the trip itself…

stay tuned, I am out of coins.

Be back in couple 0f days.


Different keyboards in the world

May 18, 2007

About half of my age ago, I learned to type on a typewriter and a computer at school. It made my type using all my fingers and a lot faster than I could with 2 (altough I was pretty fast)!

Now, every country has its own keyboard layout. So, typing here in Spain does not go as well as planned, because you pay in an Internet café for every minute.

Anyway, typing this (and all other articles) does not go as smoothly as they appear on your screan.

It´s been a while that I made so many errors (yes, I admit!)  🙂

So, if in the coming days some type errors occur, please think about how hard it is to type on a different layout…

Why am I writing this, no idea 🙂

Anyway, if anyone has a great link about this subject, please submit!

Enjoy every day,


Blister count (part I)

May 18, 2007

Most of you know that my weak spots are my feet.

Some betting is going on about how many blisters I will have to experience during this Camino.

So, to keep score : 2, each foot has 1.

Honestly, both showed up after hours, so I don´t know if these really count 😉

I keep you posted,


Today´s number

May 18, 2007

Today´s number is 4.

It´s the 4th day of the Camino… and 4 weeks to go.

The shops open again, after their siësta at 4pm.

I brought 4 pairs of socks, all used and dirty by now! 

I already drank 4 liters (mainly water) today.

We had dinner at a table of 4 tonight (normally with 10 or 12 people at 1 table).

I saw 4 storks and enjoyed their lovely sound…

Is 4 a magic number for you? Why?

Enjoy every day,


Muddy shoes & shiny sandals

May 18, 2007

Hiking can have serious consequences!

In the morning, you put on your hiking shoes , the (only) ones to go a certain distance with…

You don´t know the road ahead, the weather or the distance, at best the destination.

Meet the mud! He is your friend for the coming days. Before the mud on your shoes has dried, you have plunged into some more. You never run out of mud…

After arriving at your destination you take off your muddy shoes and put on your shiny sandals. After a dark, humid, stinky hole , your feet welcome their new home with a great smile!

No wonder some feet give up and create blisters. It´s their way of getting back at you 🙂

Enjoy every day,


Packed and ready to leave

May 12, 2007

We are packed and ready to leave!

Today, we bought the very last items like water, bread, bananas, cheese, etc.

My backpack weighs about 15kg, including 3 liters of water and all my clothes and shoes.


  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • 3 underwear
  • 4 pair of socks
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 pair of walking boots
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 2 trousers
  • 1 short
  • 1 Camelback (2 liters)
  • 1  Swiss Army knife
  • 1 set of cutlery
  • 2 disposal cameras
  • 1 first aid kit
  • 1 rain poncho
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 rainjacket
  • toothpaste, showergel & shampoo, toothbrush, sunmilk, aftersun, lip protection, deo, comb, washing gel
  • 1 flashlight
  • 4 handkerchiefs
  • 1 toilet paper
  • ID-card, yellow booklet (for stamps), wallet, visa, bankcard, cash, cellphone, cellphone charger, mini roadbook
  • diary & 2 pens
  • earplugs
  • compeed
  • 2 towels
  • powerbars
  • 1 goblet
  • 1 razor
  • bag for food
  • 1 bottle (water, to be refilled)
  • 1 cap & sunglasses

Yes, it all fits in 1 backpack 😉

Let me know if I am forgetting something…

Tonight we are going to a weddingparty. At 3 o’clock tonight I am pikking up my parents and drive them to Brussels Airport. They are going on holiday to Morrocco…

Tomorrow we sleep in until 10 AM. We ‘ll load the car and have lunch at my in-laws and then at around 1 PM we are leaving for France!

We should arrive half-way by tomorrow evening.

Monday morning we should arrive in Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port, the starting point…getting our first stamp and looking for a place to spend the night, park the car for a couple of days, have dinner and go to sleep early.

Tuesday morning around 6 AM we will start walking! The real adventure starts right there 😉

Stay in touch and enjoy the weekend,


Change of plans!

May 11, 2007

Yes, due to some unforeseen circumstances, we must change our plans…

One of our best friends, who would join us on the trip for the first week, has cancelled, because she just started at a new job a couple of weeks ago. She would not get a vacation anytime soon. So, we invited another friend. She cancelled wednesday. Too much work, deadlines and more work! On top of that, she had a little car accident…We understood and wish her all the best!

Anyway, our first friend got fired after the first week, because her boss had apparently misjudged the new function. She is really good at it, but he wanted someone with a different skillset. He was sorry to have misbriefed the interim agency. Now, she was without a job! Being jobless, she would have time to join us on our vacation, so we were looking forward to it!

To make a long story short, she called us yesterday to tell us she found a new job, starting this monday! Wow 😉  

It must have been predestined that just the two of us are finally leaving for France…

This means we are going to park our car in Spain, take the bus back to France and arrive at our car after 5 days, so that Tonia can drive back home. I will continue (alone) to Santiago as planned.

Anyway, I can not give any guarantee that these plans are final, seen the last minute changes so far, but I keep you all posted 😉

Enjoy your weekend,


A journey of a thousand miles…

May 11, 2007

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.


 Although my next journey is ‘only’ 800 km, I also must begin with a single step 😉

Extra networking tip

May 8, 2007

Arrive early!

It does not matter to which event you are going…

When you arrive early, you can

  • network with other people who arrive early to network
  • see people walk in and get in touch when they don’t have anyone to talk to yet. This also means that you probably have more time for a conversation.
  • less people is less noise, depending on the location, if the room is full of people it might be difficult to have an in-depth conversation…
  • choose a good seat or table to sit at.

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

7, 6, 5 and counting!

May 8, 2007

Time is flying when you are having fun!

I have bought Magnesium-pills, read a couple of useful sentences in Spanish, looked at the pile of things I still need to get into my backpack somehow. Maybe it ‘s time to review my list (again) 😉

My backpain is over and my shoulder is starting to feel better as well! Yes, at the end of this week, we will be on the road already…

One small hick-up : the yellow booklet for the stamps has not arrived yet! I need this to get stamps everywhere on the road : in refugios, in townhalls, in musea, in churches and even in some restaurants… It’s a kind of proof that you actually walked the Camino. So, I called today and they will mail it by priority mail. I keep you posted…

Enjoy every day,