Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.



Final post from my wonderful Camino.

On my last few days of hiking, my mind was flooded with the things for which I will always be thankful.

I am now attempting to adjust to life at home. These are the thoughts I remember. They are in no particular order of importance and I know that I am missing so many things.

My feet for walking and walking km. after km. after km.

The willingness of my body to take step after step after step; day after day after day

  • Sunny days
  • My Zpack
  • My Poles
  • My Wool Buff
  • My fantastic boots
  • Rain (but maybe not torrential/sideways)
  • Clouds when it is hot
  • Breezes on a hot day
  • Locals doing their daily work
  • Pilgrim sculptures
  • Zumo (pronounces something like thumo) Natural =
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • The variety of wonderful people I met
  • Dancing at a Spanish Festival
  • Old Stone houses
  • Old Stone Churches
  • Old Stone Bridges
  • Small villages
  • Donativos on the path just when you need one
  • Flowerpots filled with flowers on so many houses
  • Hórreos – especially one being used.
  • Enchanted forests
  • Sunflowers (even though they were drooping) and
  • sunflowers with smiley faces and arrows.
  • Grape fields
  • Chestnut trees
  • Paths covered with chestnuts that have fallen
  • Eucalyptus trees
  • Occasional vegetarian meals
  • The Portlandia group of American Pilgrims who helped
  • me prepare
  • Yellow arrows
  • Blue and yellow shell tiles
  • Directional shells imbedded in the sidewalks
  • No bed bugs on me
  • Sheep in the road
  • Cows in the road
  • Birds singing
  • Sunsets
  • Sunrises
  • 360 views on the Meseta
  • Lower bunks or stand alone beds (I only had to use one
  • top bunk)
  • Unpaved paths
  • Lentil soup
  • Kale/potato soup (Galician Soup) when it actually had
  • kale in it.
  • Ice-cream; especially in a cone or Magnum Brand
  • Singing with other pilgrims
  • A full moon at night and when I began an morning hike
  • Pilgrims greeting each other and saying, “Buen Camino.”
  • Locals saying, “Buen Camino.”
  • Pilgrim Blessings
  • Occasional good salads
  • Laughter
  • My lungs for continuing to bring me air on the up hills
  • My knees for continuing to work on the downhill slopes
  • The absolute miracle of every moment
  • My foot massage
  • Beds with real sheets
  • Hot showers
  • Making it up the steep hills
  • Making it up any hills
  • Finding a bar when I am hungry
  • My extra shoe string to hold up my pants
  • My clothesline and safety pins
  • Fast drying clothes
  • Occasional albergues with washers and dryers
  • The bathrooms that had soap to wash my hands
  • The bathrooms that had toilet paper
  • The people who carried out their trash and especially
  • their toilet paper
  • Firm mattresses when I found them
  • People who spoke more than one language
  • The bathrooms that had Paper towels to dry hands
  • Rare find of real butter
  • Albergues that had newspapers to stuff into wet shoes.
  • Communal meals – which were usually the best ones

I am also forever grateful for what I have at home in beautiful Portland, Oregon:

  • My wonderful family
  • My friends
  • My own bed
  • My shower
  • My great big bath towel
  • My Waterpik
  • My comfortable chair
  • My knitting
  • Good food
  • Time to read
  • Oatmeal with walnuts and raspberries

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

13 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. What a wonderful list of early Thanks-giving! Welcome home, Nancy.


  2. And we’re thankful you’re back in Portland, safe and sound!


  3. Bless you, Nancy, what a wonderful experience! Glad you’re back safe and sound.


  4. Amen – fondly, Ann. so good to see you last night😄


  5. Welcome home Nancy. One more thing to be grateful for…..eating all those ice cream cones without worrying about gaining weight.

    What a joyous experience. I so look forward to seeing u.


  6. Hi Nancy, We enjoyed every minute of reading your posts. I found myself looking for them each day. I think Alvin did also. I think I was living my life through your most amazing experience. Thank you for sharing and we are so glad you are safe. You are one amazing person!

    Love ya, Alvin and Rose

    Sent from my iPad



  7. Congratulations on your success, and thank you for the wonderful blogs. They were so very interesting, but also brought back many wonderful memories to me. Felicitaciones, mi amga!



  8. Dear Nancy,

    Thank you for sharing your journey! You are truly an inspiration.



  9. How blessed you are. Thank you so very much for sharing this incredible experience with us.
    Welcome home!
    Linda and Jim


  10. Great memories…welcome home!!


  11. Welcome home, Nancy. What a great gift you have given yourself, and to all of us who have kept up with your blog.


  12. Nancy,

    Welcome Home!

    Love, Tonya


  13. Lovely! Congratulations on a wonderful journey. There is a lot of teaching in it and in your gratitudes.


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