Day 1: Camino Rule Number One

Do not wash, all at once, every single pair of socks you brought to the Camino with you. Period. Don't. Just don't - even if you have to wear dirty, stinky socks. I broke rule number one. In the morning all my socks were wet! So I proceeded to break rule number two, which says: If you microwave your wet socks, do not walk away from the microwave while it’s on. Yep, I set my socks on fire. I guess a combination of water and Vaseline made for a perfect combustible good. The socks were burnt to a point of no return, with big black crispy holes in them. Luckily, I didn't set the albergue on fire and no one noticed my mess. Now, I have one pair of socks left. I had to microwave these as well because I could not walk 16km wearing wet socks. I watched them closely and they were mostly dry after just a few minutes.

Edit 1: The same people that own Tuitrans own Albergue El Camino. Lourdes, the hospitaleira at Albergue El Camino, had shared Tuitrans information with me the night before. This really saved my day. At 7:45 am I sent Tuitrans  an email asking if could come over and take my backpack to O Porriño. I wanted to walk with my back and felt like a fake without it, But, I also wanted to make sure I didn’t get any blisters because of my ‘mostly dry’ socks.

Edit 2: I bought hiking socks made of merino wool in the US and took them believing that ‘cotton is evil’ idea that you read online. The truth is, I had no idea which socks were better for me because I did no training before departing the U.S.  I only bought socks and shoes a couple of days before my departure. I wore the merino socks with Vaseline on my feet in Lisbon and Porto. I walked lots of miles there without caring my backpack. My feet felt really warm and I got hot spots but no blisters there. After burning my socks, I tried to buy more merino socks in O Porriño and in Redondela but I couldn’t find them. All I found was cotton. By the time I arrived in Calda dos Reis, I had to buy new socks so I bought cotton. Three 88% cotton pink, light pink and white socks from Puma. After wearing them for a day, and for the rest of my trip, I have to say that I much prefer wearing cotton socks. They felt better on my feet; they were much thinner, lighter, a lot more breathable and way easier to wash and faster to dry. If I knew all this before leaving, I would’ve bought at least 6 pairs for the Camino and would never even considered wool socks.


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