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

PETRA, the City of the Magic Fire (3rd part)

The Canyon

I left “The Monastery” behind and I went down to find “Prophet Aaron’s Tomb” (Moses bother). Google Maps was showing it somewhere downstairs, into another Canyon. So, there we are, following Google’s indications. Needless to say, that the “Mighty” Google was lost as well, so after a while, we found a local man and asked him about the trail towards Aaron’s Tomb. The man told us we can reach it that way as well, but it’s the longest way and the most difficult one. Hence, he advised us to get back to the “Crown Plaza Restaurant” (Yep, there is a Crown Plaza right in the heart of Petra’s ancient site 😊) and from there we will see the easiest way.

While I was walking towards “Crown Plaza Restaurant” I felt actually grateful. Thanks to Google’s indications, I think I’ve seen one of the most beautiful Canyons on Earth. Every step was made with a full heart and amazement in front of the Mother Nature’s power of creation. I took so many pictures there willing to take home with me every corner, every rock and every shade and glimpse of light playing within that Canyon. Needless to say, that the pictures cannot show the greatness of what the eye had witnessed there.

Once back to “Crown Plaza Restaurant”, I looked around to find an indicator towards Aaron’s Tomb. I found nothing, actually. However, I had a friend back home that was visiting Petra two months ago and he was doing the same thing. So, a quick Whatsapp message, and I received the number of a local guy that was arranging jeep trips to the tomb. I always prefer to walk, but taking into account that was already 3 pm and in Jordan, in November at 5 pm may get really dark, I said “ok, jeep it is!”. I wanted so much to find this tomb. God knows why, but at that particular time something was pulling me towards that place. Later, I understood why.

Sunset on the mountain

So, here I am, in the middle of a lot of Jordanian people telling me it is impossible to reach the tomb at that hour, but with a donkey, they can show me other beautiful places around. Well, “impossible” it’s a word I really like, ‘cos I know something amazing is about to happen really soon. When they saw I was firm in going up there, one of the guys called this man and gave me his phone to talk to him. He tried to convince me to came back the next morning, but once I explained him that was my last day in Petra, he offered to find someone willing to get me a ride up on the mountain. He found a guy, but an endless back and forth on Whatsapp started, and everything was about the money. He asked a huge amount of money for my budget, and when I said NO, he asked me what I am willing to pay. At that particular point I my fever was back and I was really exhausted. I just wanted to sit, rest and do a meditation, and close my personal story with Petra in this life. So I gave him for two people a sum I thought he will never excepted, meaning 25 % less than he asked for one person. He continued to negotiate while I was already giving up and focus to find “my meditation spot”. I must confess that at a certain point I was so trilled to find a certain place chatting with my friend, and I was not listens to his messages anymore. But when I did, I was really surprised to see he accepted my offer of 25 % less than he asked for one person.

At this point I was like… “WTF! I need my meditation and I am so close to do it here and now!” Then, suddenly, I remembered what all the people before used to tell me: “It’s IMPOSSIBLE to get there at this hour!”.

Hellooo, Diana! This is your sign! So, move your butt, forget the fever and go to find “your meditation spot” up there!  

We’ve met our driver up on a hill, we stepped into this “kind of a jeep”, and he started to drive up and down on the mountain. There were moments I thought the car will fall apart, but it didn’t, and the driver did his part acording to the deal we had. Soon after we left, I was again amazed by the beauty of the nature and while the Sun was drawing shades and red lights over the astonishing shapes of the mountains, I thought “what am I doing to a tomb that will be closed when we will arrive?” And right after I set my intention that no matter the hour of the arrival, all the doors and all the ways should be opened in front of us. Two minutes after, the man I was dealing with for this adventure called the driver and he offered to help me have a great experience because he knew my friend back home. And due to the fact that it will get dark and we need to walk for another hour up to the mountain and everything will be closed, he proposed to send a guide and to show us the way and open the tomb for us. Of course, everything in exchange of some money. Needless to say the amount was not important for me anymore, as I felt his phone call as a quick answer to my intention set few minutes ago.

So, from “impossible” to a jeep ride and a guide opening the tomb for us, I think it’s a good progress. 😊

After a while we reached the point where the car stopped and we started to hike. The Sun was going down, my fever was going up hence my body was not answering anymore to all my mind orders, and my friend that was accompanying me was also tired and had an arm in pain. Plus, we didn’t have had a proper meal that day. There was such a pressure around, both from outside and inside. We where looking up to see the mountain’s top and we were just spotting another peck to be climbed. At a certain point, our guide pointed towards a peck saying in Arabic (he was not speaking English) that the tomb is there. Such a relief, yet such a worry seeing the mountain we were still had to climb.  It was almost dark, but the Moon was shining, so we managed to reach the top without artificial light.

Moon over the mountain

Once on the top, I was so happy, I wanted to scream and let the entire world know that we did it! Instead, I kept inside that feeling and went inside the tomb to do my meditation I was waiting for so long, now.  I was so grateful I was there and I knew something brought me there even if under so many feelings I was not able to understand yet. But I did my part, I prayed and I tried to harmonize my mind, my body, and my soul, to be able to get down quick and safely.

By the time I finished everything, it was completely dark, but the Moon was still shining. However, the mountain has its paths, and some of them were in complete darkness, so we had to light up the way using my headlight and the torch from my friend’s phone. It took us 50 minutes to get down and reach the car again. But this time our bodies felt lighter, the pains were almost off, and the steps were firmer. The tricky thing is that when you go down from a mountain and it’s dark, the headlight makes you see more the path you are walking on, so the mind it’s not scared anymore by the parts she doesn’t see. And there were some dangerous parts over there, that during the day maybe would have been more difficult to overcome than during the night when you are not able to see them. 😊

Hiking with headlight

Once in the car, the fever hit again. The driver dropped us at the meeting point, so we still had to walk inside the site for a while. He showed us the way, and while we were walking, a dog came along. He was a sort of a guide too, as he showed us the way when more paths were crossing. Back on the official route towards “The Treasury”, we were stopped by the site police. They asked us for the ID and the Jordan Pass, and then two of them escorted us to “The Treasury”. They explained us it’s their job to make sure everyone gets safe outside the site and no one gets lost in these mountains still inhabited by the Bedouins.

Back to “The Treasury”, the ritual of so-called “Petra by night” was already began. So, we had the chance to see what was all about, and we received a personal guard to escort us inside “The Siq” as well. While we were walking inside the canyon, my fever was higher and higher, so once the guard decided to greet us and get back to “The Treasury”, we found a bench, we sit for a while to rest a bit, and ate some dates to be able to take a pill to drop down the fever.

Petra by night

Then we walked towards to exit, and continued to walk to a local food place for a tasty falafel, our first proper meal of the day, at 10:30 pm.

7th of November, a day full of amazing experiences, when the unthinkable became reality, and the “Impossible” became POSSIBLE. We hiked for 33 km that day, but for one that walked the Camino de Santiago three times, it was the most insightful walk I have ever experienced.

The most profound lesson of that day?

“When you think your body it’s completely broken, Faith will still keep you walking for hours even into the darkness, driven by your Heart and your Soul. And that revels the power of the inner light! ”   

To be continued…

PETRA, the City of the Magic Fire (2nd part)

After an evening full of medicines and all kind of therapies, I finally managed to sleep and I woke up at 6 am willing to explore the magic tracks of Petra. I went to the Visitor’s Center and I started walking inside the archeological site at 8:45 am. I expected to find less people, but, to my surprise, there were a lot of big groups walking around, taking pictures and speaking all kind of languages. I was walking so fast to find some peace in there, but soon I found out it was really impossible before reaching again “The Treasury”.

The second day in Petra is different than the first one. “The Siq” and “The Treasury” are already familiar, so you don’t need to spend too much time there anymore. What I did on this part was just walking, and once I reached the Treasury, I went up on the mountain to take some pictures from that angle as well. Being early in the morning, the sun highlighted a part of the place where we were sitting to take “the perfect picture”, so we had the chance to play with the light and shadow and to do some great shoots. Up there, you need to pay 1 JOD, and you receive a black tea… awful! 😊

Petra – The Treasury

Once we came back from the mountain and reached again the “Street of Facades”, we passed the “Theatre” and the “Great Temple” and we continued to walk towards the “Ad Deir” known as “The Monastery”. To reach it, we had to climb another mountain, and from a certain point, to walk the 850 stairs on the way up. There were so many donkeys exploited up and down on the mountain to help tourists climb it easily. Some of them were so sad, and I spent some minutes with them just cuddling and making them feeling special. And the most impressive thing was to see a few of them crying while I was petting them. They broke my heart in so many pieces, as I really felt their sadness, loneliness and hard time to cope with the effort their masters were asking them to do. And, to be honest, I don’t think climbing that mountain on the back of a donkey is too much fun. I’ve seen tourists scared, uncomfortable or just tired to keep the balance on some tricky paths to avoid falling from a peak. So, I would say, think twice before asking for a ride. It may cause you more pain then just walking, and you will force an innocent animal to make a huge effort under your weight.

Petra – The way to The Monastery

So, step by step, stair by stair, breath by breath, and amazed by the beautiful Canyons we were crossing, we managed to win the race with our own limits, and reach the peak. And there it was “The Monastery”, 47m wide and 48,3 m high. This amazing building dates from 2nd century AD and it took the name “The Monastery” after it was used as a Christian chapel. Different yet similar with “The Treasury”, what stroked me again were the details and the perfect cuts into the mountain. If the “Tombs” and the “Great Temple” are “less perfect” and the time got them and left some important tracks, “The Monastery” and “The Treasury”, are still there and more perfect than the others, even if they are supposed to be older (except “The Church”).

Petra – The Monastery

Now, being on the top of the mountain and witnessing such a beautiful architecture, I always have to check it from different perspectives. And here, I had a new idea! Why not taste this monumental building?! 😊 Inspired by the donkeys that were licking the rocks, I tried the same with “The Monastery”. Aaaand… Surprise! The walls are salty! And this information can produce now so many stories. My favorite one is that everything was under the water ages ago, and all the rocks and Canyons around are salty! 😊 I haven’t taste them all, still, I like to believe they are! 😊

Petra – The Salty Monastery

Once the crazy things were done and the pics were made, I just set down looking for a while at this amazing shape. It is so beautiful to allow yourself to dive into the unknown story of this place and just feel it inside out. There is this new layer covering the history the local people are telling. This layer much more profound that doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. I think is just there for whom is really interested to see it and to feel it. It’s maybe the unspoken voice of the Mighty Spirit of Creation.

To be continued…

PETRA, the City of the Magic Fire (1st part)

Petra – The Treasury

My first day in Petra was full of surprises! I reached the Visitor Center at 11:30 am,  due to the fact that I was not able to sleep and I was very sick. A mysterious cold came out of nowhere to keep me company in the so called “City of mysteries”. 

The accomodation was 4 km away from Petra’s Visitor Center, somewhere outside Wadi Musa. In the begining of November at 11:30 am we had already 19 Celsius degrees, but if you are under the “spell of a fever”, it feels damn hot!

The first thing you have to do, is to check-in with your Jordan Pass and receive Petra’s ticket, or buy one if you don’t have a Jordan Pass. Once you’ve got your ticket, you proceed to the entrance where a guy is cheking it together with your passport and Jordan Pass. This happened for us only the second day. The first day the guy only asked for the ticket and welcomed us with a big smile.

Once you get to the checking point, you will find a lot of local people offering you a horse, telling you that is for free if your have a Jordan Pass, which is true, but on the way they will start to ask or negociate with you for a tip which is not cheap at all. So, if you can walk, just walk and ignore the offers on the way that will come to you several times. 

For someone like me, that has never seen something like this before, walking The Siq – the amazing Canyon leading to the Treasury, was just breath taking. Even under the fever my Soul and my Mind enjoyed every step, every rock, every light coming from above and creating an entire picture with so many different colors that my camera will never be able to catch. 

Petra – The Siq

Walking among all these amazing shapes that nature built ages ago, it’s hard not to think about the power of creation and mostly how small you are in the middle of these mighty Canyons that once where under the water. There is this feeling growing inside that you have the chance to witness something majestous, something completly outside of your own reality. And this feeling is growing step by step towards the Treasury. 

And there it is! This huge building they say it was built by the Nabateans, the Arabic nomads that came into this land in the 4th century BC. If you sit and just look at this building, it is hard not to think about the tools this nomadic people where bringing with them to cut the stone in such perfect angles and came up with these perfect shape. Honestly, the most credible thought would be that this shape was done by an elevated civilization, equipped with such tools able to cut in the mountain perfect shapes and small details that probably we are not able to reproduce today with such accuracy.   

Petra – The Treasury

So, sitting there and just watching these details, I felt like being beaming up to another planet. Actually, that was my main feeling in Petra, that I am walking on another planet, stepping into the footprints of an ancient and enlightened civilization leaving behind a small prove of what it used to be their natural environment. 

Petra – The Treasury – view from the mountain

That’s why I spent a lot of time and energy before and at the Treasury itself. And, I must confess that Petra was one of my dreams for more than 10 years now. Hence, being there and living my dream, was a gift from the Gods or just the gift of my pure intention, will and manifestation in this life. 

I was able to visit all the sites before the Great Temple. Then my fever hit and I felt like dying there. Everything was burning, the Sun outside and the fever inside my body. The burning was so intense and I felt like falling and passing away. This made me stop for a while and rest and then getting back to the Visitor Center. That’s how I had to leave my dream back there for a night. 

To be continued…