Let’s walk the Way of Saint James

I wrote my last article in April 2019. Three months without writing anything. So it’s now a bit hard to write something. Write about what after three months of silence? Well… Let’s write about my next adventure: the Way of Saint James. I will walk, alone. 870 kilomètres on the Spanish roads.

Why ?

It’s the first question everybody asks. Why? Well… For a lot of reasons and they are all pretty personal.

The way I see God is really personal and intimate, I never talk about it. But I am sure about one thing: I don’t do this for religious reasons only. I think I am more in a spiritual quest, and trying to be stronger than I think I am.

Sometimes – often -, in Kuwait, I feel kind of stuck. I think it’s the same feeling as living on an island. Borders are closed for me. Iraq on the north, Saudi Arabia on the south, I am not allowed to go.

Always driving made me lose the conscious of my physical ability. In theory, I know what my body can do, but when it’s about practice, it’s a different subject.

So… I’ve been talking about it for years, I am dreaming about walking the Way of Saint James for years but this year, I decided to finally do the first step. I booked a train ticket for Saint Jean Pied de Port, a room there, a night in a nice hotel in Roncesvalles after my first 28km leg. And the rest, the other steps, will follow.

Mixed feelings.

Of course, I am scared. I am terrified, to be honest. I am half super excited and half super scared. I can’t wait but at the same time, I don’t want it to happen.

I am scared to not succeed, but at the same time, I am really excited to fight my little demons.

To walk alone for a month is a fight against myself. Against all those little voices who keep saying I can’t do it. Against all the voices saying that I am “not enough, never enough”.

To walk the Way of Saint James, is also add a historical and religious part at those 870 kilometers. I know, this walk is kind of a tribute.

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Back to basics

I’ve talked about it a lot, I’ve mentioned it, I try to act in that way every day and it will probably be the reason why I will leave Kuwait: the respect of our planet.

My carbon footprint is a disaster since I live in Kuwait. And worse: my consumption is also a shame. The way I act is sometimes a shame.

I’ve made a lot of efforts, I talk a lot about it on Instagram, I am annoying with all my friends with it but it’s time for me to be back to basics.

A month without waste

The idea is to spend one month without waste. I bought the backpack and the shoes because I didn’t have it. But for the rest : it’s things I use daily.

I won’t buy new clothes. I will deal with what I have in my wardrobe. I don’t need anything new. If you want to know, I will write a list about what I have in my backpack.

It will help me to be back in a more sustainable life. Before leaving to Kuwait, I wasn’t buying useless things anymore but unfortunately, this bad habit came back really quick.

I know what it is to live with the minimum. It helps open your eyes on what you need and… the rest.

Obviously, it’s according to your needs and what you think is essential.

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The balance between comfort and respect

When it’s about global warming, everybody is always telling us what to do. Stop using your car, stop the fast-fashion, start to be responsible of your consumption, you have to eat organic fruits and vegetables.

But sometimes, it’s not possible. For me, in Kuwait, locals fruits and veggies? It’s a “no”. Even if my race car is not a necessity. Even if its a disaster for the environment, well, I don’t want to sell it.

That’s it.

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