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Home – Reality Bites

Well folks this will be our final post for our Camino 2013 adventure. We arrived home safe and sound late on Friday evening. It’s bitter sweet on many levels, but it is very nice being reunited with our loved ones, both human and furry!

What can we say? It was definitely a trip of a lifetime, one we will cherish and never forget. Although, we were tactfully reminded by a good friend on our arrival home of a missing 20km from our Camino pilgrimage and were asked what are we going to tell our grandchildren in later years? “We nearly completed the Camino!” (Thanks Mark!)

What we can say is that we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing our experiences with all our followers. You have encouraged and inspired us with emails and comments during our trip that has kept us accountable to put up a blog each day that we will now benefit from as a journal of our trip for the years to come.

We do want to thank all our family and friends for your encouragement and kind words via emails and comments. We have had many laughs along the way with you all. We want to personally acknowledge Phillip and Thierry for their fantastic itineraries, maps and support they gave us for Paris, Venice and Rome. We got so much more out of these wonderful places with the information provided acknowledging that some of these were put together in the wee hours of the morning ready for us when we awoke for the next instalment!

Thanks to our avid followers Anne and Daniel for putting up with us for a couple of evenings in Torino. We thoroughly enjoyed your company and enjoyed our personal tour of Torino. Our first real taste of Italy! (Gelato and Alpha Romeo’s!)

To Jeff and Sue, Paul and Jacky, it was great to take some time out in beautiful Tuscany to celebrate Sue’s 50th. We had some great laughs together and are now very jealous of you all as you continue on your holidays while we are now stuck at home in Melbourne winter! We can now only watch the Tour de France on TV and pretend we are there with you. We will be looking out for an Australian flag!

How can we not mention the leader of Blog comments “Mark”. You have made us laugh and we have looked forward to your witty comments. You inspired the 3 Aussie Bums photo to solicit a comment out of you and we weren’t disappointed!

And finally a big thanks to our girls for not killing each other or destroying our house. We are very proud of you both and now know we can take off anytime and know you will survive!

It’s now time to put together our 10,000 photos for a monster slideshow. So watch out, if you are not careful you could get invited over for a private viewing and commentary – a slow and painful death!

But more importantly, it’s time to plan our next adventure. How are we going to top this one off? (Maybe go back and complete the Camino in its entirety?)


8 Responses to “Home – Reality Bites”

  1. Judy

    Oh I am so sad it is over for you both and i am really going to miss your blogs but I am happy to have my buddy back

  2. Mark Hughes

    Well done fellas. I have to say your photographic skills were outstanding Mr Matheistein and your daily diligence with the blog is unsurpassed. Me thinks the Gypsies and other Surrey Escapees have sticky fingers from too many gelatos to tap out a message so regularly.

    To complete the circle of life for the posterity of the grand children I suggest you now have tee shirts made up for them that says:-
    “My Grandma & Grandpa had a crack at the Camino de Santiago … and nearly made it”!!
    This should provide a healing badge of honour for them to alleviate the psychological scarring they are likely to bear … especially if they happen to come across the ‘bottoms photo’!! Suggest you put that one down to either being – “the only gays in the village” or the Cellulite Sisters on their European musical tour!!

    Cant wait for the reportage from the next Matheistein adventure!!

  3. Jen n Dave

    I am really going to miss my daily fix of your adventuring os! Thanks for all the great stories and pics you have shared. Well done on completing an amazing Camino challenge (forget that perfectionist Mark bloke!) and I look forward to hearing of the next challenge!

  4. The Whites

    Absolutely fabulous blog guys. Really enjoyed following and can’t wait to catch up for some edited highlights.

  5. Sue

    We are very proud of your achievements and are also going to miss your daily updates, wonderful photos and Marks witty comments. We thank you for sharing my special birthday and its a week we will always remember. We also thank you for the great pictures that were taken. Your gypsy friends are missing you and we look forward to the next adventure with you both.

    Sue & jeff

  6. Nev


    I stumbled across your blog – it’s a great blog btw!

    This winter I am going to be walking from Prague to Finisterre on my second pilgrimage and I also have a blog:

    Would you like to exchange links?

    If you would like to then pls feel free to let me know and I will place a link to your blog on my site and I would please ask you to also place a link to my blog on your site. Your link would go here:

    Thank you for your time and Buen Camino!

    Nev 🙂


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