Well, today is day 50 of my Camino trip.
I had high expectations before leaving for Spain and walking Camino, but I was not prepared for the depth this would go. I made friends, some casual, but a few with very tight bonds. I bought t-shirts, got carried away, but I bought them :).
I learned many be Spanish words and learned that trying to properly pronounced a Spanish word almost always gets help and smiles. More then one conversation was me attempting Spanish as they attempted English - they were almost universally better at English then I was at Spanish. I also learned that English is the universal language, everyone migrates to English in mixed languages (not an excuse to learn another language).
I learned how tiny this world really is and while we are different, we are more alike then not. I met people from over 30 countries and in doing so, experienced firsthand how much we are similar and how little we are different.
I learned that I have the drive and commitment to chase and accomplish my dreams. Millions upon millions of people have walked Camino over the centuries, and for conveinence, today's modern world grants many conveinences to Peregrinos (modern albergues, supermarkedos, technology, etc.), but the trail largely remains the same trail and is no less physically demanding then earlier Peregrinos experienced. Walking 800km+ (500+ miles) is absolutely doable and can be quite enjoyable, you just do it one step at a time and don't be afraid to call upon other Peregrinos for support and provide support for other Peregrinos.
Most importantly, I learned you have to let Camino happen. Don't overly plan things, allow yourself to flow WITH the Camino and doing try to fight the natural flow. Peregrinos who has aggressive schedules and many days planned did not allow themselves to reply get immersed into the Camino. As much fun as it is to meet new friends, if the places doing match, don't fight it, another Peregrino is around the corner who matches your pace better. You can always catch up at the end of the day, or at least the next big city.
I could go on and on about all the thingsi learned and experienced, I think it is best summed up with this was a life changing event. This isn't like going to see your favorite band in concert, this goes way war deeper, like getting married or having a child.
If reading the blog has inspired anyone, I wholeheartedly endorse the journey, just remember to allow it to happen, don't force it. Oh, and crocks or sandles is very Peregrino fashion!