October 1, Villafranca Montes de Oca. “How are your feet?”
That’s one question pilgrims on the Camino get around to sooner rather than later. Before you even know their name or they know yours, it’s what are the state of your blisters and how do you prevent them.
Joy, a pilgrim from the US mused, “I thought I would be having great philosophical discussions on faith and spirituality and instead, it’s about the state of our feet and how we deal with these blisters.”
My feet are not a pretty picture. My little toes are shredded and my blisters on my ankle and my big toe are bruised. How did I ever think that this would be fun!!! Well, I didn’t think I would get blisters this badly in the first place. During my job as a tour guide I have walked thousands of kms in bad shoes and have never gotten one. I think I have gotten 10 years worth of blisters in two weeks. Penance for stepping on a slug in this life or a past one, I guess.
But, it to everyone’s life, there must come a little redemption. In a little farmacia in a little village called Grañon. The nice pharmacist there introduced me to the stuff that will save my life. Not Compeed like “they” all tell you. That stuff is garbage. No, the best stuff is this stretchy bandaid stuff called Steripore and a stretch tape called Omnifix. The two together work miracles. It’s breathable and flexible and stays on your sweaty foot ALL day.
I was sitting in a little alburgue last night giving a lesson on how to use the stuff. I met a poor German guy who was suffering, I gave him some from my own precious supply and when I saw him later that afternoon he thanked me for his happy feet. There are now about two dozen pilgrims scouring the farmacias for it as I type. I think I should call up the manufacturer and broker myself an advertising deal.
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