Day 16 of the Touch with Good challenge

One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision.

Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with Good/ kindness (originally in Bulgarian: Докосни с добро). The project is dedicated to sharing the stories of genuine acts of kindness we have experienced from other people, and thus inspiring for MORE kindness in the world and making it a better place.

She got inspiration from the wisdom:

When you do kindness, keep silent. When you receive kindness — tell everyone.

With the new year 2018 Katya started a viral challenge to share such stories 20 days in a row, and somehow… I got “infected”.

So here is my…

Day 16 of the Touch with Good challenge

No matter how much people, who’ve walked the Way, warn you in advance, for the chance of getting sorrow feet and blisters with walking, one is somehow prone to dismissing the warnings with the self-reliant “This won’t happen to me“. Especially if they are physically fit, wearing comfortable walking shoes, and are fond of walking in general — just what my case was.

But there was a factor I hadn’t taken into account. THE BACKPACK. Although it was no more than 10 kilos (20 pounds) or so, it was a suddenly dumped weight on my body, staying on my shoulders all day long. Lifting weight in the gym in sets with rest in between is one story, and walking for a full day under the hot sun with the backpack is completely different. In just 1–2 short hours I felt the burn in my trapezoids, as well as a slight bruising in the lower waistline caused by the rhythmical bump of the backpack. I eliminated that one by tying a long stole around my waist for softening.

Despite of the terrain being quite easy and my trainers being comfortable, after 28 km in the end of the day I was tremendously surprisedto find out I had acquired blisters and sore feet! I found that out only after settling at the albergue “San Miguel” in Hospital d’Orbigo. I had liked it from the guide for its artistry and even providing you with a canvas and acrylics to paint.

And indeed — the atmosphere was unique! High ceilings, wooden and terracotta flooring, impressive staircase, neat curtains, spacious bedroom with 2-level wooden beds — tall enough not to bump your head in the upper level, and the wall in the inner yard was decorated with some intimidating tools quite like the Holy Inquisition’s torturing equipment.

These would be a good fit for the Holy Inquisition… 😉

But the place wouldn’t be the same without the lovely Piera and Arturo Jose Garcia Arana — the hosts of the albergue ❤

The two of them had moved from Venezuela in search for a peaceful life. You know — the type of life where you’re less likely to get killed when going out in the street; or you’re not being examined like ores and minerals for enjoying classical music.

After checking in Arturo asked me how my feet were, he inspected them, disinfected the sore places and he placed special silicone plasters enhancing the healing process. At the end he even gave me a foot massage!

As a sign of gratitude I presented him with a limited edition print of my 33 watercolour series which I had taken to be charged with the energy of el Camino de Santiago.

Arturo and me with a copy of Japanese Cherry Blossomlimited edition print, Camino de Santiago edition ❤

The following morning Arturo invited me to stay a bit more with them but it was time for me to go. El Camino was calling. ❤

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