Floating into the strange water of the Dead Sea

Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan

Leaving behind the beautiful Kerak Castle, we headed directly towards the Dead Sea. You cannot visit Jordan without having the experience of the Dead Sea. And I’m saying this because you may imagine how would it be to float in such a salty water, but it’s nothing like being there and experiencing it.

So, when we were sure of being able to visit the Kerak Castle that afternoon, we booked a room to Ramada Hotel near the Dead Sea, to sleep there and be ready for a sunrise at the Dead Sea. The way back down from Kerak Castle was quite challenging once the sun went down, because it was a pretty damaged road with so many curves and sometime with so little visibility. However, the car we’ve rented in Aqaba was pretty new and strong, and we had no issues.

Once back on the highway, everything seemed easy to manage till a certain point when Waze was showing us a strange route to take to reach Ramada. So, we ended up in a improvised road, sandy and full of holes and quite risky. This put me in the position of taking the car out backwards moving easily to avoid the holes and the bushes. Once out, we drove back to the highway and forced Waze to find another route which it did. A small way, built especially to reach Ramada in the middle of nowhere (literally!).

So, from our tips and tricks list, I would say this is an important one. Don’t let yourself misled by any driving navigator! Stay on the asphalted road while you are trying to reach Dead Sea Ramada Hotel. The other way will also bring you to the same point, but you will probably ruin the car. 😊      

We managed to arrive at the Dead Sea Ramada Hotel arround 20:30, we’ve cheked in and had dinner on the balcony of our room. We had in mind to go to the Dead Sea and take a swim that evening, but that was not possible. Being a frontier point, you are not allowed there after sunset, and especially not by yourself. There are people in charge from the hotel to watch over you. To reach the beach, there is a hotel shuttle going back and forth every 30 minutes starting 7:00 am.

Dead Sea Ramada Hotel Suttle
Dead Sea Ramada Hotel Suttle

So, for that night we just enjoyed the dinner, the view, the hot wind outside, the hot shower, and then a deadly sleep to be in line with the Dead Sea we were waiting to see early next morning.

Wake up at 6:00 am and ready for the beach. We had to wait for 15-20 minutes for the suttle bus to drive us there, as everyone was moving so slow at that time. Once we’ve reached the beach, it was like being in the middle of nowhere again. That was the private beach of the Ramada Resort. Everything was so quiet, that gave us the sesation of being out of time and space there.

Dead Sea Ramada Hotel Beach
Dead Sea Ramada Hotel Beach

Then, the most suprising thing happened. Trying to swim into the Dead Sea, is quite a challenge. I was looking at my friend trying to keep his balance into the water and most of all, trying to respect the rules. Yes, there are specific rules for the Dead Sea like the one saying: „First take a sitting position, and then lay on your back!”. This is not a natural position your body takes when entering the water.

Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan

Briefly, at the begining it’s kind of a mindset change. Then becomes something you may really love and it’s hard to leave behind. For me, it was an amazing experince I really loved to have and I will repeat it for sure during my trip in Israel I am planning to have this year. So, being there, you must try the local mud! It gives you a strange and nice feeling in the same time.

Dead Sea Mud
Dead Sea Mud

Plus, the time in the Dead Sea seems like a healing and infinit time. The consistency of the water it’s felt on a deeper level of your body and you can really find diffrent ways to play with it. Not spashing the water as it is forbidden due to the fact that you should not ingest it or touching your eyes with. Once you are out, you feel like a prikcle, I guess. 😊    

Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan

At 9:30 am we went back to the hotel for a shower, we checked out, and left this amazing place with such a big sorrow we didn’t planned for at least two days here. It really is a quiet place, where you can spend some time relaxing and experincing the magic water of the Dead Sea. And when I say magic, it is not a figure of spech! It is a reality that you cannot experince in any other place on Earth!  

Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan

To be continued…

Check out the begining of the Jordanian adventure here:

Love

Valentine’s Day

Love is not just a feeling

One has to share with you.

Love is the sound of the Begining

Is not just “me and you”.

Love is the way you choose

To overwrite my stubbornness

Treating me like the muse

Of your own Universe.

Love is above the Time

Above the Space and glory

Love is an act of presence

That has no end or story.

Camino Portugues Grup Ghidat 31 mai – 20 iunie 2020

Camino Portugues Grup Ghidat 2020
Camino Portugues 2020

Camino Portugues este una dintre cele mai frumoase rute care ajung la Santiago de Compostela.

Frumusețea sa se regăsește atât în diversitatea peisajelor care îți oferă experiența muntelui cât și cea a oceanului, dar și în posibilitea de a observa și a cunoaște două culturi: cea portugheză și cea spaniolă.

Perioada de 21 zile se împarte perfect astfel:

  • 2 zile de transport tur-retur București-Porto și Finisterre-Porto-București
  • 14 zile de mers pe jos
  • 5 zile de odihnă și vizitat Porto, Santiago de Compostela și Finisterre. 

Buget: 1680 EUR care include următoarele:

  • Bilete de Avion tur-retur București-Porto
  • Bilet de Autocar Finisterre-Porto
  • Cazarea în refugii (albergue)
  • Ghidaj spiritual

ATENȚIE!!! Bugetul NU include:

  • Mâncarea zilnică estimată la un cost 550 EUR de pelerin (deci nu la restaurante de 4-5* 😊) pentru toate cele 17 zile. Dat fiind faptul că în anumite momente din zi pot fi persoane care pot alege să meargă singure până la următorul refugiu, cel mai bine este ca bugetul de mâncare să fie administrat de fiecare în parte.
  • Cheltuielile personale de pe drum (intrări la obiective turistice, suveniruri etc.)

Programul detaliat este următorul:

31.05 – plecare din București dimineața către Porto.

01.06 – program de voie, vizităm Porto și / sau Fatima.

02.06 – 06.06, 5 zile de mers în Portugalia din Porto până în Caminha, la granița dintre Portugalia și Spania. Vom porni pe ruta de coastă, cea care merge pe lângă Oceanul Atlantic.

07.06 – 13.06, 7 zile de mers în Spania din A Guarda până la Santiago de Compostela. Vom porni tot pe ruta de coastă până în Vigo, de unde drumul continuă pe ruta ”in land”.

14.06 program de voie, vizităm Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela
La Catedral de Santiago de Compostela – Plaza del Obradoiro, mai 2019

15.06-17.06, 3 zile de mers din Santiago de Compostela până în Finisterre. Această parte este opțională și este de preferat să se decidă la nivel de grup în funcție de ritmul de mers și de timpul necesar parcurgerii drumului până la Santiago de Compostela. Camino este plin de surprize și oricât de mult ai planifica la plecare, el îți va oferi experiența de care ai nevoie pentru creșterea ta personală și spirituală.

Camino de Santiago
Camino de Santiago – Cabo Finisterre, iulie 2018

18.06 program de voie în Finisterre sau continuarea Camino până în Muxia. Această parte este opțională și este de preferat să se decidă la nivel de grup în funcție de ritmul de mers și de timpul necesar parcurgerii drumului până la Santiago de Compostela. Camino este plin de surprize și oricât de mult ai planifica la plecare, el îți va oferi experiența de care ai nevoie pentru creșterea ta personală și spirituală.

Camino de Santiago - Muxia
Camino de Santiago – Muxia, mai 2019

19.06 ne întoarcem cu autobuzul în Porto sau Santiago de Compostela, de unde vom zbura către București.

20.06 zbor către București. 

Vremea în luna iunie pe această parte de Camino, oscilează între 17-25o C, cu ceva șanse de ploaie.

Echipament:

  1. Rucsac cât mai ușor posibil (greutatea maximă plin să nu depășească 10% din masa corporală a persoanei care îl va purta în spate)
  2. Pelerină de ploaie
  3. Recipient de apă
  4. Borsetă pentru bani, pașaport, șervețele, gel antibacterian și alte lucruri mici și utile (ex. ace de siguranță, ac și ață de cusut pentru bășici, dezinfectant, spork, medicamente uzuale etc.) pe care să le aveți la îndemână oricând.
  5. Haine (cu mânecă lungă și scurtă) din microfibră care să se usuce repede, recomandat nu mai mult de două perechi din fiecare item, cu excepția șosetelor pe care le veți schimba cel puțin de două ori în timpul unei zile de mers.
  6. Geacă cu factor de căldură și pantaloni lungi (minim o pereche).
  7. Bocanci / încălțăminte de trakking recomandat cu 2 numere mai mari pentru că vi se vor umfla picioarele de la atâtea zile consecutive de mers.
  8. Papuci / șlapi care se vor folosi la duș și pentru eliberarea picioarelor după cazarea zilnică la refugiu.
  9. Bețe de trakking – recomandat dar nu obligatoriu. Bețele ajută la echilibrare și dau ritm mersului, dar nu sunt obligatorii. Se pot găsi și bețe de lemn prin pădurile pe care le vom întâlni pe drum.
  10. Pălărie de soare / bandană, ochelari de soare și cremă de protecție solară.
  11. Sac de dormit cu factor de căldură (unele albergues-uri nu au încălzire centrală).
Camino de Santiago
Camino Portugues, mai 2019

Beneficii pe care le ofer cu drag călătorului de Camino: 😊

  1. Asistență și implicare în achiziționarea echipamentului potrivit pentru fiecare persoană înscrisă.
  2. Ghidaj spiritual de la plecare până la sosirea înapoi în București.

Camino de Santiago nu este o vacanță! Este un drum spiritual alchimic care te transformă! Sunt situații în care vei ști ce să faci și situații în care vei avea nevoie de susținere. Dacă îți este frică să mergi singur(ă), te poți pregăti mental și spiritual împreună cu mine în primele zile de mers, pentru ca mai apoi ”să zbori singur”, dacă asta alegi să faci! Și exemplele pot continua.

În acest sens, eu, Diana-Maria Georgescu, ”Călător prin lume, Călător prin viață, Călător prin Timp” care am parcurs întregul Camino Frances (2013), întregul Camino Portugues (2018) și am pornit la drum cu primul grup organizat din România în 2019 pe Camino Portugues (ruta Porto – Santiago de Compostela – Finisterre) îți voi sta la dispoziție și te voi ghida să îți depășești temerile și umbrele pe care acest drum le scoate la suprafață în mod spontan. Trebuie doar să ceri să fii ajutat! 😊

Detalii adiționale și înscrierile se pot solicita la adresa de e-mail diana.georgescu@womenesteeminternational.com. Rezervarea locului se va face după achitarea primei tranșe de 700 EUR.

ATENȚIE! Bugetele de mai sus sunt valabile pentru cei care vor achita prima tranșă până la data de 29.02.2020. După această dată, bugetul poate suferi modificări în funcție de prețul biletelor de avion de la momentul înscrierii, mai ales că în lunile de vară, datorită numărului mare de pelerini, biletele de avion sunt mult mai scumpe.  

Camino, dacă îți șoptește deja magic în sânge, este experiența de care te vei îndrăgosti iremediabil și locul în care te vei reîntoarce cel puțin încă o dată. Este calea spre tine, vegheată de Calea Lactee. Iar dacă vrei să-ți faci o idee despre experiența mea pe Camino Frances din 2013, te invit să citești și acest articol în engleză:

Pe scurt, Camino ești tu, cel care nu știi acum că ești!

Buen Camino!

Camino de Santiago
Dumbria – traseul către Finisterre, mai 2019

Camino de Santiago, Guided Group April-May 2020

Camino de Santiago

Camino Frances is the oldest path to Santiago de Compostela, the beautiful city protected by Saint James, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ.

Its unique beauty lies in the greatness of the 6th Northen regions of Spain, hidding a profound magic that accompanies the pilgrim inner transformation towards himself. Walking this path for approximately 25-28 days (according to the group’s rhythm), we will be witnessing an entire inventory of the creation diversity. Mountains, hills, the endless mesetas, rivers and vine varieties raising from a red soil (La Rioja) are the sources of a great energy filling you up everyday.

All these and much more can be found on this route towards Santiago de Compostela. And from there, if we still can (and I’m sure we will 😊) and if the time alows it, we can walk towards Finisterre, to meet the magic Atlantic Ocean.  

To be able to meet the needs in terms of time of the people willing to walk this path, we have to versions available. Depending on the availability of the majority of the people registered for this group we will start walking the longuest path of 33 or 32 days (in case we exclude the day spent to walk cross the Pyrenees), or the shortest path of 24 days.  

Camino de Santiago
Pyrenees – The Napoleon Route on April 14th 2013

The extended period of time is 33 days. We can either start walking in Saint Jean Pied de Port (France) crossing the Pyrenees towards Roncesvalles (Spain), or start walking in Roncesvalles in which case the extended period of time will count 32 days.

  • 2 days of transportation to the meeting point and from Santiago de Compoatela back home
  • 29 or 30 walking days (minimum)
  • 1 day resting and visiting Santiago de Compostela. The resting days number will be decided at group level according to the walking rhythm towards Santiago and taking into consideration the option of walking or not to Finisterre.

Budget: 1800 EUR* including the following:

  • Bus ticket Finisterre – Santiago de Compostela
  • Accomodation in albergue
  • Spiritual guidance

IMPORTANT!!! The Budget does NOT include:

  • Transportantion to the meeting point (flights, bus tickets etc.). However, this can be arraged upon request but will be charged seperatly according to the ticktes price.*   
  • Daily meal estimated to a minimum cost of 750 EUR per pilgrim (we do not include here 4-5* restaurants 😊) for all 33 days.
  • Personal expences (entree fee to certain touristic obiectives, suvenirs etc.)

*We welcome people from any part of the world, and according to the traveling distance the price will be different, that’s why we cannot estimate a traveling cost.

Camino de Santiago
Pyrenees – The Napoleon Route on April 14th 2013

The detailed schedule is the following:

April 25 – transportation to the meeting point: Saint Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles, according to group’s decision.

Camino de Santiago
Saint Jean Pied de Port, April 12, 2013

April 26 – start walking the Camino towards Santiago de Compostela.

Camino de Santiago
Roncesvalles, April 15th 2013

IMPORTANT! For a medium rhythm, we estimate to reach Santiago de Compostela after approximately 25 days (if we start in Roncesvalles) or 26 days (if we start in SJPP).

May 20* or 21st we reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Here we  decide if we walk further for other 90 km to Finisterre or we take the bus, and according to this decision we see also how many days we can stay in Santiago de Compostela.

May 20* or 21st we visit and rest in Santiago de Compostela, based on the decision taken (to walk or not to Finisterre).

May 21st  – May 24* (or 22nd-25), 3 days walking from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre. This part is optional and we prefer to decide at group level based on the walking rhythm and the time spent to reach Santiago de Compostela.

Camino is full of surprises! No matter how detailed is the planning done before the trip, Camino will give you the right experience to help you grow. That’s why the 3 days walkinf part is a buffer we take to make sure we all reach Santiago de Compostela by the end of the trip. For Finisterre and Muxia, if the group wants to visit them, we can take the bus and see both of them in one day.

May 25* or 26 we will end our adventure in Finisterre and Muxia (if the group choose to see them) and we will come back in the afternoon to Santiago de Compostela for a last evening enjoying the spirit of the city where so many pilgrims are celebrating the end of an alchemic cycle.

May 26* or 27 we all fly back home.

*Different dates due to the fact that we will choose together the staing point. So, for 32 days staring in Roncesvalles we will come back home on May 26.

The shorter period of time

Camino de Santiago
La Catedral de Burgos, April 25th 2013

The shorter period of time is 24 days and we start from Burgos.

  • 2 days of transportation to the meeting point and from Santiago de Compostela back home
  • 20 walking days (minimum)
  • 1 day resting and visiting Santiago de Compostela. The resting days number will be decided at group level according to the walking rhythm towards Santiago and taking into consideration the option of walking or not to Finisterre.

Budget: 1580 EUR* including the following:

  • Bus ticket Finisterre – Santiago de Compostela
  • Accomodation in albergue
  • Spiritual guidance

IMPORTANT!!! The Budget does NOT include:

  • Transportantion to the meeting point (flights, bus tickets etc.). However, this can be arraged upon request but will be charged seperatly according to the ticktes price.*
  • Daily meal estimated to a minimum cost of 750 EUR per pilgrim (we do not include here 4-5* restaurants 😊) for all 33 days.
  • Personal expences (entree fee to certain touristic obiectives, suvenirs etc.)

*We welcome people from any part of the world, and according to the traveling distance the price will be different, that’s why we cannot estimate a traveling cost.

The detailed schedule is the following:

April 30 – transportation to the meeting point in Burgos.

May 1st – start walking the Camino towards Santiago de Compostela.

IMPORTANT! For a medium rhythm, we estimate to reach Santiago de Compostela after approximately 17 days.

May 17 we reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Here we  decide if we walk further for other 90 km to Finisterre or we take the bus, and according to this decision we see also how many days we can stay in Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela
La Catedral de Santiago de Compostela – Plaza del Obradoiro, May 17th 2019

May 18 we visit and rest in Santiago de Compostela, based on the decision taken (to walk or not to Finisterre).

May 19 – May 21st, 3 days walking from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre. This part is optional and we prefer to decide at group level based on the walking rhythm and the time spent to reach Santiago de Compostela.

Camino de Santiago
Cabo Finisterre, May 19th 2019

Camino is full of surprises! No matter how detailed is the planning done before the trip, Camino will give you the right experience to help you grow. That’s why the 3 days walkinf part is a buffer we take to make sure we all reach Santiago de Compostela by the end of the trip. For Finisterre and Muxia, if the group wants to visit them, we can take the bus and see both of them in one day.

May 22nd we will end our adventure in Finisterre and Muxia (if the group choose to see them) and we will come back in the afternoon to Santiago de Compostela for a last evening enjoying the spirit of the city where so many pilgrims are celebrating the end of an alchemic cycle.

May 23 we all fly back home.

The wheater in April-May on this part of the Camino, varies between 15-18o C, with half rain half sunny days tendencies.

Benefits we kindly offer to the pilgrim: 😊

  1. Assistence when choosing the Camino technical equipment.
  2. For the extended period of 33 days while we cross the Pyrenees, the Budget it’s the same as for the 32 days starting in Roncesvalles. You will probably be quite nervous on this stage, so the accomodation for that first night it’s on us. You just need to sleep well and dream you have reached Roncesvalles at the end of the first walking day, and then you just have to make this dream come treu smiling! 😊
  3. Spiritual guidance from the first to the last day on the Camino.

Camino de Santiago it’s not a vacation! It’s a spiritual alchemic path that will transform you! There are situations when you will know what to do, and other scenarious when you will most probably need support. If you don’t like to walk alone at the begining due to some personal beliefs or fears, you can get the spiritual support you need from your guide during the first days of walking, and then you can try to walk alone for some hours regrouping later with the members of the group. And this is just one exemple to overcome a fear or a limit you may feel you have.

In this regard, Diana-Maria Georgescu, ”World traveler, Life traveler, Time traveler” will be you spiritual guide. Diana has also walked the Camino de Santiago three times: the entire Camino Frances (2013), the entire Camino Portuguese (2018), and she launched in 2019 the first organized Romanian guided group walking 450 km of the Camino Portuguese (Porto – Santiago de Compostela – Finisterre). She experienced herself the power of inner alchemy during this pilgrimage, and she will be next to you to help you overcome your fears and shadows that this path may reveal. You just have to ask for her support. 😊

You can ask for additional details via e-mail: diana.georgescu@womenesteeminternational.com. The booking of your spot in the group will be done once the payment is processed.

If Camino wispers already in your blood, it’s the kind of experience you will fall in love with forever and the place where you will come back at least once. It is essentially the path towards yourself following the Milky Way.

If you like to feel a first taste of this pilgrimage, check out this article below:

Briefly, Camino is YOU! That version of YOU that you haven’t met yet!

Buen Camino!

Camino de Santiago
Dumbria – on the way to Finisterre, May 19th 2019

Following Jesus Chist footprints to Jordan River

How I baptized myself in the Jordan River

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Jesus Baptism Site, Jordan River

Once we left the Dead Sea, we started to drive towards the Mount Nebo, where Moses is supposed to be buried. We had planned that day to visit Mount Nebo, Madaba and Jesus Christ Baptism Site. While driving to Mount Nebo, my inner voice was calling me towards the Baptism Site first. So, after driving for half an hour, I stopped the car and recalculate the route towards the Baptism Site, practically driving back for 10 minutes.

Another 15-20 minutes drive and we arrive. After parking the car, we found out that there is a shuttle bus driving us directly to the place, and moreover, each shuttle bus has a tour guide. I must confess I thought this was a visit one can do by himself, but in reality, they have everything under control including the tour guides due to the fact that the Baptism Site is essentially at the border with Israel and it’s a military area.

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Jesus Baptism Site, Jordan River

So, having already the tickets payed online, we went directly to the shuttle bus. Essentially, you should expect to jump in a minivan with kind of a poor conditions inside: no air conditioning, damaged chairs and other local aspects you will understand once you will get there. But, it’s the only way to reach the Baptism Site, so not the place to act like a diva. 😊

Baptism Site Museum, Jordan River
Baptism Site Museum, Book of Greetings, Jordan

After other 5-10 minutes’ drive, we arrive at the gate of the Baptism Site. We started by seeing a museum and then we went towards the Jordan river and afterwards to the place where Jesus was baptized. Jordan river used to be bigger 2000 years ago, so now the place is inland far from the current Jordan river. However, the guide explained us that during spring time, the water comes out from the soil in that area as well, like a small water spring.    

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Jesus Baptism Site, Jordan

The tour guide was actually an amazing man! We talked about religion and beliefs and I asked him how does it feel to be Muslim and have a job in a Christian place of worship? And after the experience in the Mosque in Aqaba I was surprised to here that he doesn’t consider this activity as a job, but as his mission in this life. And then he added that the Muslim people believe in all the prophets, including Jesus and the Quran mentions Virgin Mary 40 time while the Bible is mentioning her less than the Quran. And we continued to walk and talk about the fact that there is only one God, and just the name is different in different beliefs.

After a short walk we arrived at the Greek Orthodox Saint John the Baptist Church, quite close to the Jordan river. We went inside and I found out that if I am already baptized in a church by a priest, I can enter the Jordan river and baptize myself in its water as well. So, the guide was very kind and he gave me a special made white dress to use for this ritual, even if we didn’t had cash with us. However, I gave him 14 JOD, the price of the dress, once we got back to the car.         

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Saint John the Baptist Church, Jordan
Baptism Site, Jordan River
Saint John the Baptist Church, Jordan

Here I am, doing something I was imagined to do since I was a kid: to enter the Jordan river and to be baptized in its water as Jesus was. Strange childhood dream, one may say, but I was fascinated by this idea for so many years. It is useful to say here that being baptized as a Christian Orthodox, on 6th of January we are celebrating Jesus Baptism right when the Catholics are celebration the Epiphany. And each year, the priests are visiting the people’s houses and blessing them using holy water and singing a song about Jesus Baptism in the Jordan water. So, this was one of the songs of my childhood and I always asked myself how it was for Jesus to be baptized in the Jordan river as an adult.

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River

Maybe it sounds strange, but I must confess it was one of the most powerful gestures I did for myself, based on a childish idea I was fantasizing on when I used to be a kid. So, I entered the Jordan river, I disconnected from the outside world and I baptized myself in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. 😊   

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River

After leaving that holy place, I felt like having a new superpower or something. I was so happy and I had an epiphany! I was so grateful to myself for listening that inner voice asking me to turn the car and drive back to see this place first. Not doing so, I was probably meeting another tour guide with different views about world beliefs, have other discussions, and probably never found out I can enter and baptize myself in the Jordan river.  And, the funny thing was that the place was full of people before changing my clothes. Then, when I approached the river everyone left and I had my ritual in peace and without being disturbed by people taking pictures or talking around.

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River

Today is 6th of January, the Jesus Baptism Day for the Christian Orthodox Church, and I am remembering this story and writing it down as a symbol of this holy day, and as a symbol of the holiness that lives in each of us. We are a projection of a higher consciousness we call God, and we have everything we need to become the masterpiece of our life.

Baptism Site, Jordan River
Baptism Site, Jordan River, behind the Israel part of the river

To be continued…

Check out the begining of the Jordanian adventure here:

Kerak Castle, a visit inspired by „Kingdom of Heaven” movie

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

After four days in Aqaba, enjoying the Red Sea, we rented a car and started to drive back to Amman. We had a lot of objectives on our map, mostly castles, and we manged to see only the most important of them. So, our first objective was Kerak Castle, an old Crusader forteress oppened in 1142 to oversee the commercial roads between Jerusalem, Damascus, Mecca and Egypt.

From Aqaba we took the highway following the western part of the country, near the border with Israel. It’s the fastest way to reach Kerak (Al-Karak), 250 km drive away, and we needed to be fast to be able to see the castle before 16:00 when the visiting hours were ending. So, we left Aqaba at 12:00, stopped for lunch on the highway and then driving to Kerak.

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

To reach Kerak, you have to drive for almost an hour outside the highway up on the mountain. So, small damaged roads with endless curves are waiting for you. If you have a bad stomach, think twice before doing this part. :p

However, once up on the mountain, in the middle of the castle ruins, you are in the right position to thank God you took the journey. You can see everything from up there, Al Karak city below and the roads looking like a small part of Transfăgărășan road in Romania. Basically, you have a 360 degree view of the horizon! And if you happen to be there close to the sunset, the view it’s breathtaking.

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

The place has a good energy and you may feel like staying for a while. So, if you have a day, just enjoy the castle and also the city.

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

I am fascinated about old castles, hence for me it was a blessing being there and walking inside the rooms preserved after so many centuries, and imagine how everything used to look like at that time. Even if most of them where built as strategic points of defense, I still find them fascinating.    

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan
Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

But why Kerak Castle?

Well, I am a huge fan of the famous movie „Kingdom of Heaven”. One of the most important battles of that time was in this area between Saladin, the frist sultan of Syria and Egypt and the conqurer of the Kingdom of Jerusalim from the Christian’s commands, and  Raynald of Châtillon, prince of Antioch. Even if the movie was not shot there, I wanted to see the place and step into the energetic footprints of the people fighting for a „kingdom of conciousness” they understood at that time it’s made by stones and buildings.  

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

In fact, if we are looking at the root cause of the current wars we are facing today, we can easily see we are not that far from them. We are fighting in diffrent countries for material things like land and properties, in the name of the same God that we, as human beings, understood He promised us a material kingdom. And if we look at Kerak Castle or other points of defence in history, we can understand what will be left from today’s wars. Only ruins and a history painted by the ones in a powerful position.  

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

As I see it, the only way out from all the ancient patterns we are repeating over and over again is by rasing our level of counciousness, which will take us out of this reality to build the Kingdom of Heaven as it should be: a kingdom of counciousness embodied in human beings led by their inner voice of their true nature manifested as kindness and compassion for their own phisical manifestaion and for all the other beings around.  

Al Karak, Jordan
Kerak Castle, Jordan

To be continued…

Check out the begining of the Jordanian adventure here:

Aqaba, the city of narrow-minded views showing openness in a Mosque

Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Castle, Jordan

Leaving Wadi Rum Desert is like leaving behind a treasure that belongs to your Soul. The good news is that I felt like taking with me the taste of the silent sand full of divine grace. And that feeling is so full of meanings and powerful understanding that fuels your body with the curiosity of the new adventure waiting to be lived in Aqaba.

So, we left Wadi Rum with a jeep taking us into the village, and from there we took a cab (25 JOD for 2 people) to Aqaba. This city is not present in the usual organized trips, but was one of my dreams seeing this place. This is the Jordanian seaside, and after so many dry days in Petra and Wadi Rum, taking a swim in the Red Sea, was the best thing to do. The sea in the Aqaba bay is quite calm, salty, and good for swimming. The two bothering things here are the laud music on the boats transporting people in different points of the bay and the fact that the local men are literally staring at the foreign ladies that are daring to go for a swim to the public beach. They have this custom to sit on the beach or in the coffee shops with a beach view, smoking shisha (narghile), drinking tea or coffee and looking at the foreign ladies on the beach.

Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea, Aqaba Bay, Jordan

That’s why the government arrange for a private beach in a 5 starts resort where you can go from the hotel directly paying 11 JOD / person which included the transportation with a hop on hop off bus, plus the entrance fee in the resort. Everything is 5 stars, and you can also book a room and spend some days in there. Is 10 km away from the city, just that is in the middle of nowhere so you feel like closed in there if you don’t have a car to go to the city. And another disadvantage would be the fact that the sea is not that still and calm as in Aqaba bay. Nevertheless, if you want to spend a day there, it’s a good choice as it’s really quiet and deserted.

Aqaba, Jordan
Islands, Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan
Islands, Full Moon, Aqaba, Jordan

The city of Aqaba it’s an ordinary city. Big, full of people that are less open-minded than the people in the northern part of Jordan, even less open-minded that the people in Petra or Wadi Rum. Initially I thought it was because of the fact that there are not too many tourists in this city. Then I’ve noticed a lot of foreign people, so there is another reason behind, I was not able to discover yet.

However, there were some nice experiences we had in this place. First of all, the accommodation. We booked a double room for 4 nights at Taj Hotel 3*, and we ended up receiving an upgrade to a suite within the same price (122 EUR / 4 nights / 2 people). And this was not just for us! I must confess that before booking the room, I was reading the reviews and more people were saying the same thing. So, basically, I decided to book this hotel hoping for the same treat. And it proved to be real! 😊 Now, you should not expect a 5* suite, however, having two rooms, a living room and a small kitchen like in an aparthotel, was more than what we’ve expected. Honestly, I think it’s a marketing trick, it’s actually their way of making you choosing this hotel that is up on the hill, not next to the beach as the others. However, if you enjoy a 5 minutes’ walk to the beach, it’s a very good choice and quality for money. We’ve met a Romanian couple on the second day. They booked a 2-3* hotel near the beach for one night, and they told us it was awful. So, I say better uphill, in a suite! 😊   

Aqaba, Jordan
Al-Tazaj Restaurant, Aqaba, Jordan

Then, the nicest part of this city was the food. Even if it was very hard to find restaurants serving vegetarian dishes as most of the restaurants and fast foods are selling only dishes with meat, we finally found this place, Al-Tazaj, with an exquisite falafel, and excellent sea food, and we suddenly became their loyal customers. We even took some falafel sandwiches with us when we rented the car to drive back to Amman and visit some other places on the way back.

Another nice thing to see in here is the Aqaba Castle. We were there 15 minutes before the closing hour (4 pm), and we did a quick tour. Then, the man in charge of the Castle came to us and offered us a private tour inside and up on some of the parts of the Castle that were closed. It was a great experience and we enjoyed a lot his way of showing us where to sit to have the best pictures of the place.

Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Castle, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Castle, Jordan

If you have a look at the small details around, Aqaba had a great positive aspect to be remembered here: the labels with the real prices of the products in the shops and supermarkets. In Wadi Musa, there were less honest people telling you the real price of the products, moreover the prices were even 3 times bigger than in Aqaba. So, not feeling “rubbed” at each corner was a big plus of this city!

Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Castle, Jordan

Now, a strange thing happened when we tried to rent a car. We went several times at Avis rent a car office asking for a car and they continuously told us no car was available for the day we were planning to leave. Moreover, they asked us to pay 35 to 50 JOD extra-charge for taking the car in Aqaba and leaving it in Amman. So, I decided to check this on the internet. And I managed to book a car via Ryanair app from the same Avis office without paying any extra-fee for leaving the car in Amman. Briefly, when in Jordan, you may want to book things on different sites and apps than dealing with local people even if they are employed by big international companies. The good news was that again I booked for an small car (Kia Picanto) and I received an almost new big car (Kia Celina), so we were so comfortable driving back and visiting around different places on the way back to Amman.   

Madaba, Jordan
Madaba, Jordan

Going back to the less open-minded people, we faced that again when I tried to visit a mosque. During the last day of our staying in Aqaba, we went to see the mosque we were passing by each day when we were going downhill to the beach. And once I entered the courtyard of the mosque, the men started to fight each other to get me out of there. Some were saying that it was not a problem for me to visit the mosque, others were completely against the idea, and others were trying to make me pay 20 JOD for a hijab (a long skirt plus a scarf to cover my head). At a certain point, when I was about to leave the place, a man came and he was completely willing to help me entering the mosque. So, he asked his wife to give me her hijab and a scarf to cover my head and I was invited inside the mosque.

Aqaba Mosque, Jordan
Aqaba Mosque, Jordan – wearing hijab
Aqaba Mosque, Jordan
Aqaba Mosque, Jordan

I sat there quietly thanking God for the presence of this man, and praying for a more understandable and peaceful world. After finishing my pray, I went outside to give them back the hijab and the scarf, and he started to explain me that we all have the same God, just that some people are seeing these things differently and I should understand and forgive them. And we agreed that we are all the sons of the same God, just the way we call God may be different like Allah, and the perspective may change from a mind to another. I thanked him for his way of seeing things and for his willingness to put an end to that fight, and I left the mosque full of hope that men, one day, will stop fighting for and in the name of God.    

Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea, Aqaba Bay, Jordan

To be continued…

Check out the begining of the Jordanian adventure here:

Wadi Rum – The Desert is quiet, yet the Desert speaks!

Wadi Rum Desert
On Top of The World – Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

During these three days in Petra my body was burning, my inner peace was nowhere to find and I felt like dying for few times. My only window towards myself was opened only inside the Prophet Aaron’s tomb where I was able to meditate for half an hour. It was a real blessing and I am sure it was actually our ticket back safe into the car where my fever came back again. 

Tough night, but I managed to sleep and that was a real help. The interesting thing when I woke up was to notice the fever was completely gone. So, luggage done and jump into a taxi towards Wadi Rum Desert where we booked a jeep tour and a night in a camp in the middle of the desert.

I was a bit dizzy in the taxi, I admit, but once I stepped into the desert, I was completely a new person. We took a jeep tour and started visiting the most important things Wadi Rum has for tourists’ eye.

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

We started with Lawrence Spring, where two Jordanians asked me nicely to take some pictures with me. I was surprised even if I’m already used to this kind of requests when I am traveling in countries where my skin color looks so interesting for the locals and they are asking me to take pictures with me like with a movie star or something. So, my surprise was not coming from the request, but from the fact that after three days of fever, my look was not that great, and for a second I asked myself “why in the Gods name would you like a picture with someone looking like me?!” But looking at the guy and seeing how nervous he was, I felt my heart melting and I said to myself “if you see something that worth being immortalized, so be it!”. And we laughed and they were trying afterwards to catch a camel for me from the free ones around, and I guess that was the Desert way of saying “Welcome to my world!”

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

After this unexpected experience, we went and hiked the Sand Dunes. And there I was back again in touch with myself and God! On top of that Dune, I was able to do my first quiet, profound and relaxed meditation under the full light of the Sun bathing my body and my Soul. For Christians like myself, it was actually the celebration day of the two Archangels MikaEL and GabriEL, under which power and blessings I surrendered my entire being.

Desert Wadi Rum Meditation
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – Sand Dunes

Once back in the jeep, I felt like having a new body and the certainty of a complete healing was installed in every cell. Then we headed to a canyon where one can see the Anfishih nabatin Inscriptions 200 B.C. old left by ancient trade caravans.

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – The Canyon
Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – Anfishih nabatin Inscriptions

After getting into the heart of this canyon where one may find it a bit uncomfortable to keep his own balance while stepping on wet rocks trying not to slip and fall into the water, we went to Um Froth Rock Arch. Climbing that rock it’s more like climbing a wall. It’s not easy to climb, nor to get down afterwards, but it’s worth all the effort and the queue you have to wait patiently as it is one way only and the path is so tight only one person can pass at a time. Once you are up, it’s amazing! You have this mixed feeling like being on top of the world despite the fact that the arch is only 15 meters high, but you are up there, looking down at all that people ready to take a picture of you, and the small path is giving you the sensation that you can fall anytime. In fact, is just that monkey brain scared as Hell seeing itself out of its comfort zone. 😊      

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – Um Froth Rock Arch

After these experiences full of adrenaline, we went to a nice place where we were able to take some panoramic pictures of Wadi Rum desert and spot the line between the red and white desert.

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – panorama point

It’s amazing to sit in the red sand, play with it and feel like home!

And moreover, 300 meters away set a small camp, and witness a majestic Sunset while drinking Bedouin tea. Words are not enough to describe the feeling, so I advise you to go there and have this experience.

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – Sunset

Once the Sun was down, we went to the camp for the night, we had Bedouin tea again, we had dinner and then we decided to walk for a while into the desert and just listen. And I think if God has a voice, that is the voice of the desert!

After this walk, I laid down on a bench to watch the stars. I have never seen so many stars not once in my trips in different parts of the world. And I felt like my body was melting down and becoming one with the sky, one with the stars, one with the entire universe. This was my second door of the day into a profound meditation where I felt like finding an equilibrium between all 5 elements and integrate it. And there it was again, that healing state coming from a new layer and embodying into this human being.   

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – Sky after sunset

And after three days of fever, my body was not burning anymore, was kind of freezing for a bit. So, we headed towards our tent with a view over the desert and the sky, and I was finally being able to fall asleep watching the stars and the Moon shining over the quiet sleepy desert.

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – Moon view from the tent

I woke up several times that night, just to watch the Moon and the stars as I was always dreaming of, and then fall asleep again with a big smile on my face.

And if you spend a night in the desert, you cannot miss the sunrise! So, we woke up at 5:00 am and we went out to witness how the Sun is touching the mighty Desert. We climbed the rock that was behind our camp, and there, after consuming that strong feeling of joy for the present moment, I set on the edge of the cliff, I closed my eyes and I felt like falling into another dimension. There, on that cliff, I reached another layer of my own being, and I understood my profound connection with this world, and the meaning of the burning days in Petra.

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – Sunrise

That’s why I’m saying… As much as quiet the Desert seems, the Desert actually speaks!       

Desert Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan – Sunrise

To be continued…

Chek out the begining of the Jordanian story here!

Camino Frances Grup Ghidat Aprilie – Mai 2020

Camino Frances

Camino Frances este cel mai vechi traseu de pelerinaj către Santiago de Compostela, orașul ce se întinde sub protecția Sfântului Apostol Iacob, unul dintre cei 12 apostoli ai lui Iisus.

Frumusețea sa este unică, iar măreția celor 6 regiuni de Nord ale Spaniei ascunde o magie profundă ce însoțește pas cu pas transformarea interioară a călătorului către sine. Parcurgând acest drum timp de aproximativ 25-28 de zile (în funcție de ritmul grupului), pe lângă evoluția interioară, suntem martorii unui întreg inventar al diversității creației ce ne însoțește zi și noapte. De la munți la dealuri, câmpii nesfârșite (celebrele mesetas), râuri și întinderi de viță de vie ce răsare dintr-un sol roșu (La Rioja) care te umple de energie mai ales în zilele însorite, până la liniștea cea mai profundă întreruptă de sunetul ploii sau de dialectele locale în care poți regăsi și urmări direct evoluția și transformarea limbii latine. Toate acestea și multe altele le poți găsi pe această rută ce duce la Santiago de Compostela. Iar de acolo, dacă mai putem cu toții și ne îngăduie timpul, ne aventurăm către Finisterre, să întâlnim magia Oceanului Atlantic.  

Pentru a veni în întâmpinarea nevoilor celor care își doresc să parcurgă această rută și se lovesc de impedimentul de timp, propunem 2 variante de traseu. În funcție de cum se formează grupul și de disponibilitatea majorității, vom porni pe ruta extinsă de 33 sau 32 de zile (în cazul în care excludem traversarea Pirineilor pe jos), ori pe cea redusă de 24 de zile.  

Perioada extinsă

Perioada extinsă este de 33 zile cu plecare din București pe 25.04.2020 și întoarcere pe 27.05.2020, dacă decidem la nivel de grup să pornim din Saint Jean Pied de Port (Franța) traversând Pirineii până în Roncesvalles (Spania), sau de 32 de zile cu plecare din București în aceeași zi, dar cu pornire pe Camino din Roncesvalles și întoarcere în București pe 26.05.2020.

  • 2 zile de transport tur-retur București – Saint Jean Pied de Port și Santiago de Compostela – București
  • 29 sau 30 zile de mers pe jos (minimum)
  • 1 zi de odihnă și vizitat Santiago de Compostela. Numărul zilelor de odihnă se vor decide în funcție de ritmul de mers până la Santiago și de opțiunea de a se parcurge pe jos drumul până la Finisterre.

Buget: 1995 EUR* care include următoarele:

  • Bilete de Avion tur București – Paris – Biarritz
  • Bilete de Tren Biarritz – Bayonne – Saint Jean Pied de Port sau minivan Biarritz – Roncesvalles
  • Bilete de Avion Santiago de Compostela – Londra – București 
  • Bilet de Autocar Finisterre – Santiago de Compostela
  • Cazarea în refugii (albergue)
  • Ghidaj spiritual

ATENȚIE!!! Bugetul NU include:

  • Mâncarea zilnică estimată la un cost minim de 750 EUR de pelerin (deci nu la restaurante de 4-5* 😊) pentru toate cele 33 zile. Dat fiind faptul că în anumite momente din zi pot fi persoane care pot alege să meargă singure până la următorul refugiu, cel mai bine este ca bugetul de mâncare să fie administrat de fiecare în parte.
  • Cheltuielile personale de pe drum (intrări la obiective turistice, suveniruri etc.)

Programul detaliat este următorul:

25.04 – plecare din București dimineața către SJPP cu escală în Paris și zbor direct către Biarritz, de unde luăm trenul către Bayonne și apoi către SJPP.

Camino de Santiago
Saint Jean Pied de Port

SAU

25.04 – plecare din București dimineața cu escală în Paris și zbor direct către Biarritz, de unde vom închiria un minivan care ne va trece în Spania (Roncesvalles). Aceasta este opțiunea în care decidem să renunțăm la etapa de traversare a Pirineilor pe jos.

Camino de Santiago
Roncesvalles

26.04 – plecare pe Camino din SJPP pe ruta Valcarlos și traversarea Pirineilor către Roncesvalles sau direct din Roncesvalles către Santiago de Compostela.

Camino de Santiago
Pirinei – Ruta Napoleon
Camino de Santiago
Pirinei – Ruta Napoleon

IMPORTANT! Pentru un ritm mediu al grupului estimăm că vom ajunge la Santiago de Compostela după aproximativ 25 de zile (dacă plecarea se face din Roncesvalles) sau 26 (dacă plecarea se face din SJPP).

20* sau 21.05 ajungem la Catedrala din Santiago de Compostela. Aici decidem dacă parcurgem distanța de 90 km pe jos până la Finisterre sau cu autobuzul, precum și câte zile rămânem în Santiago de Compostela.

21* sau 22.05 program de voie, vizităm Santiago de Compostela, în funcție de data la care ajungem și de decizia grupului de a rămâne sau a merge pe jos către Finisterre.

21 – 24.05* (sau 22-25.05), 3 zile de mers din Santiago de Compostela până în Finisterre. Această parte este opțională și este de preferat să se decidă la nivel de grup în funcție de ritmul de mers și de timpul necesar parcurgerii drumului până la Santiago de Compostela. Camino este plin de surprize și oricât de mult ai planifica la plecare, el îți va oferi experiența de care ai nevoie pentru creșterea ta personală și spirituală. De aceea, partea până la Finisterre este în primul rând un timp de rezervă pe care ni-l luăm pentru a ne asigura că ajungem până la finalul perioadei la Santiago de Compostela. Pentru Finisterre și Muxia, dacă se dorește a se vizita, aceasta se poate realiza oricum cu autobuzele locale, iar într-o zi se pot vedea rapid amândouă.

25.05* sau 26.05. vom încheia aventura la Finisterre și Muxia (dacă se optează pentru această parte) și ne vom întoarce după-amiază în Santiago de Compostela pentru o ultimă seară petrecută pe străduțele cu mii de secrete și zeci de mii de pelerini care sărbătoresc încheierea unui ciclu alchimic.

26.05* sau 27.05 zbor retur Santiago de Compostela – București cu escală în Londra.

*Date pentru opțiunea de 32 de zile cu plecare din Roncesvalles și întoarcere în București pe 26.05.2020.

Perioada redusă

Camino de Santiago
La Catedral de Burgos

Perioada redusă este de 24 zile și pornim din Burgos, către care vom pleca din București pe data de 30.04.2020, revenind în București pe 23.05.2020.

  • 2 zile de transport tur-retur București – Burgos și Santiago de Compostela – București
  • 20 zile de mers pe jos (minimum)
  • 1 zi de odihnă și vizitat Santiago de Compostela. Numărul zilelor de odihnă se vor decide în funcție de de ritmul de mers până la Santiago și de opțiunea de a se parcurge pe jos drumul până la Finisterre.

Buget: 1775 EUR* care include următoarele:

  • Bilete de Avion tur București – Madrid
  • Bilet de Autocar Madrid – Burgos
  • Bilet de Avion Santiago de Compostela – Londra – București 
  • Bilet de Autocar Finisterre – Santiago de Compostela
  • Cazarea în refugii (albergue)
  • Ghidaj spiritual

ATENȚIE!!! Bugetul NU include:

  • Mâncarea zilnică estimată la un cost minim de 550 EUR de pelerin (deci nu la restaurante de 4-5* 😊) pentru toate cele 24 zile. Dat fiind faptul că în anumite momente din zi pot fi persoane care pot alege să meargă singure până la următorul refugiu, cel mai bine este ca bugetul de mâncare să fie administrat de fiecare în parte.
  • Cheltuielile personale de pe drum (intrări la obiective turistice, suveniruri etc.)

Programul detaliat este următorul:

30.04 – zbor București – Madrid și apoi autocar Madrid – Burgos.

01.05 – plecare pe Camino din Burgos.

IMPORTANT! Pentru un ritm mediu al grupului estimăm că vom ajunge la Santiago de Compostela după aproximativ 17 zile.

17.05 ajungem la Catedrala din Santiago de Compostela. Aici decidem dacă parcurgem distanța de 90 km pe jos până la Finisterre sau cu autobuzul și câte zile rămânem în Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela
La Catedral de Santiago de Compostela – Plaza del Obradoiro

18.05 program de voie, vizităm Santiago de Compostela, în funcție de data la care ajungem și de decizia grupului de a rămâne sau a merge pe jos către Finisterre.

19 – 21.05, 3 zile de mers din Santiago de Compostela până în Finisterre.

Camino de Santiago
Cabo Finisterre

Această parte este opțională și este de preferat să se decidă la nivel de grup în funcție de ritmul de mers și de timpul necesar parcurgerii drumului până la Santiago de Compostela. Camino este plin de surprize și oricât de mult ai planifica la plecare, el îți va oferi experiența de care ai nevoie pentru creșterea ta personală și spirituală. De aceea, partea până la Finisterre este în primul rând un timp de rezervă pe care ni-l luăm pentru a ne asigura că ajungem până la finalul perioadei la Santiago de Compostela. Pentru Finisterre și Muxia, dacă se dorește a se vizita, aceasta se poate realiza oricum cu autobuzele locale, iar într-o zi se pot vedea rapid amândouă.

22.05 vom încheia aventura la Finisterre și Muxia (dacă se optează pentru această parte) și ne vom întoarce după-amiază în Santiago de Compostela pentru o ultimă seară petrecută pe străduțele cu mii de secrete și zeci de mii de pelerini care sărbătoresc încheierea unui ciclu alchimic.

23.05 zbor retur Santiago de Compostela – București cu escală în Londra.

Vremea în lunile aprilie-mai pe această parte de Camino, oscilează între 15-18o C, cu tendințe de ploaie (estimat 50% din timp) și soare (estimat 50% din timp).

Echipament:

  1. Rucsac cât mai ușor posibil (greutatea maximă plin să nu depășească 10% din masa corporală a persoanei care îl va purta în spate)
  2. Pelerină de ploaie
  3. Recipient de apă
  4. Borsetă pentru bani, pașaport, șervețele, gel antibacterian și alte lucruri mici și utile (ex. ace de siguranță, ac și ață de cusut pentru bășici, dezinfectant, spork, medicamente uzuale etc.) pe care să le aveți la îndemână oricând.
  5. Haine (cu mânecă lungă și scurtă) din microfibră care să se usuce repede, recomandat nu mai mult de două perechi din fiecare item, cu excepția șosetelor pe care le veți schimba cel puțin de două ori în timpul unei zile de mers.
  6. Geacă cu factor de căldură și pantaloni lungi (minim o pereche).
  7. Bocanci / încălțăminte de trakking recomandat cu 2 numere mai mari pentru că vi se vor umfla picioarele de la atâtea zile consecutive de mers.
  8. Papuci / șlapi care se vor folosi la duș și pentru eliberarea picioarelor după cazarea zilnică la refugiu.
  9. Bețe de trakking – recomandat dar nu obligatoriu. Bețele ajută la echilibrare și dau ritm mersului, dar nu sunt obligatorii. Se pot găsi și bețe de lemn prin pădurile pe care le vom întâlni pe drum.
  10. Pălărie de soare / bandană, ochelari de soare și cremă de protecție solară.
  11. Sac de dormit cu factor de căldură (unele albergues-uri nu au încălzire centrală).

Beneficii pe care le oferim cu drag călătorului de Camino: 😊

  1. Asistență și implicare în achiziționarea echipamentului potrivit pentru fiecare persoană înscrisă.
  2. Pentru varianta extinsă de drum de 33 de zile cu traversarea Pirineilor, costul rămâne neschimbat ca pentru cea cu 32 de zile cu plecare din Roncesvalles. Vei avea oricum emoții pe această etapă, așa că ai acea noapte de cazare de la noi. Să dormi bine și să te visezi că ai ajuns deja în Roncesvalles la finalul primei zile, iar apoi să materializezi visul cu zâmbetul pe buze! 😊
  3. Ghid spiritual de la plecare până la sosirea înapoi în București.

Camino de Santiago nu este o vacanță! Este un drum spiritual alchimic care te transformă! Sunt situații în care vei ști ce să faci și situații în care vei avea nevoie de susținere. Dacă îți este frică să mergi singur(ă), te poți pregăti mental și spiritual împreună cu ghidul grupului în primele zile de mers, pentru ca mai apoi ”să zbori singur”, dacă asta alegi să faci! Și exemplele pot continua.

În acest sens, Diana-Maria Georgescu, ”Călător prin lume, Călător prin viață, Călător prin Timp” care a parcurs întregul Camino Frances (2013), întregul Camino Portugues (2018) și a pornit la drum cu primul grup organizat din România în 2019 pe Camino Portugues (ruta Porto – Santiago de Compostela – Finisterre) îți va sta la dispoziție și te va ghida să îți depășești temerile și umbrele pe care acest drum le scoate la suprafață în mod spontan. Trebuie doar să ceri să fii ajutat! 😊

Detalii adiționale și înscrierile se pot solicita la adresa de e-mail diana.georgescu@womenesteeminternational.com. Rezervarea locului se va face după achitarea primei tranșe de 700 EUR.

ATENȚIE! Bugetele de mai sus sunt valabile pentru cei care vor achita prima tranșă până la data de 20.02.2020. După această dată, bugetul poate suferi modificări în funcție de prețul biletelor de avion de la momentul înscrierii.  

Camino, dacă îți șoptește deja magic în sânge, este experiența de care te vei îndrăgosti iremediabil și locul în care te vei reîntoarce cel puțin încă o dată. Este calea spre tine, vegheată de Calea Lactee. Iar dacă vrei să-ți faci o idee despre experiența mea pe Camino Frances din 2013, te invit să citești și acest articol în engleză:

Pe scurt, Camino ești tu, cel care nu știi acum că ești!

Buen Camino!

Camino de Santiago
Dumbria – traseul către Finisterre