Day 15 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 15 of the Touch with Good challenge

Camino de Santiago — the Way of stars, is an amazing adventure filled with wonders.

When you’re on the Way you synchronize with the energy leading you towards Santiago de Compostela, or the place where St. James, one of the original 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, is believed to be buried. And yet, the Journey continues beyond Santiago — all the way to Finisterre, or Land’s end, as the westernmost point of Spain is called.

A lot has been written and a lot is yet to be written about the Way. Each Camino is different in its own way and all of them are alike in the same time. What stays constant are the countless touches with good experienced by each and every pilgrim.

My first Camino officially started in Leon, 311 km away from Santiago de Compostela. I would walk the distance on foot. I had a 8–9 kg (18–20 pound) backpack for the two week travelling ahead of me. I was overly enthusiastic and slightly nervous at the same time, for I was heading on my own. However, as I later started noting,

You’re never alone on El Camino.

One of the first illustrative examples came 2 days before my journey had formally started.

I had an appointment in Madrid to meet for the first time in person my friend author Julián Popov and get personally an autograph for his debut novel “Piedra de amor” (Stone of Love) ❤

Julian Popov — author of Amazon best-selling book Piedra de amor

Not only did he sign it, but he also personally escorted me to the chapel where I had to obtain my iconic scallop shell and credencial del peregrino (Pilgrim’s passport) for which you’re given shelter in the albergues (hostels) on the Way.

My own scallop shell and credencial del peregrino seconds after I got them! ❤

But Julian categorically didn’t allow me paying for them and he treated me with a credencialand a shell! My backpack was large, so he wangled of the elderly lady in the chapel to leave it there while we had a walk around the centre of Madrid.

He then insisted on providing me with splendid custard cream pastries for breakfast on the following day and he finally farewelled me on my journey to Land’s end. The shell and the credencial would remind me I was never alone. 

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