Soon 100 Days – and Free Wine in Spain !

Camino Red wine Fountain 3

I am leaving for the El Camino – Way of St James tomorrow. First day on the road will also be the Grande Finale of my 100 Days Sober Challenge.

In the guide books every second picture is about people cheering in red wine at dinner. The 15 EURO pilgrim menu often includes a bottle of wine. Reading about places that even have a free outdoor tap of wine for pilgrims. Alcohol all over El Camino !

I will be walking with a close friend. We have been imagining us entering these beautiful old villages on a sunny mid day – having been longing for that COLD BEER the last several painful miles.

Diet Coke may not fit into the Kodak Moment of two tall sweating 90 kilo+ scandinavian vikings on a dusty town square in Northern Spain, so I told my friend I would be re-considering my sobriety.

And then the internal negotiations on “just on this trip” took off. “Hey, I will be so fucking mindful – no big risk of a few beers.” “Hey I just did the 100 day challenge – need to celebrate – let loose – leave stress at home behind. Will just start over when back home. I am in control now”

And the point is : It will indeed be starting all over when I get back home. “When is it OK – when is it Not – how much on a weekday, how much in the weekend. bla. bla bla bla….”.

I am still new in learning to listen to myself, still too easy to confuse. This was not about my friend and the photo album, stupid !

Diet Coke may not YET fit into my long learned ideal of “picture perfect manlyhood”. But I will not give a shit about surface any longer. “The way it is… is the way it is”. Dry your wet blue eyes Mr King Baby.

camino Dinner

I will not do the Camino with the idea of poor me holding that empty glass. My “cup” is not missing anything. Actually I have found that wonderful Sober tap that is filling me with pride, integrity, power and mental energy, That’s way more than any cheap free spanish wine can accomplish.

Did I tell You my friend/travel companion – also a proud father of two – survived but still suffers from his brain injury following a blood clot. It happened the same month I had my traffic accident last year. Just to put in the right perspective : Beer vs Diet Coke is not the biggest of issues for our pilgrim trip !


Heading for the Camino – One sober step and one day at a time !


10 thoughts on “Soon 100 Days – and Free Wine in Spain !

  1. What an awesome experience. I can’t wait to see more pictures.
    Just think of the deep, clear memories you will have without the haze of alcohol hanging over them.
    Mindfulness require a open and unaltered mind. Diet coke sounds like the right influence on that.
    Enjoy your journey.


    1. Thanks. Good points again 😉

      Mindfulness I believe also requires being present without an expected outcome. I know this experience will hold a gift – impatiently I am doing my best to neither trying to unwrap it prior to going – or even reveal my wishlist of insights 🙂


  2. Thanks for giving yourself and your readers some much needed perspective. But I will not give a shit about surface any longer. “The way it is… is the way it is”. <– this is genius, I'll remember this. Get over it, I'll tell myself. There are more important things.


    1. thank you GC. Genius ? 😉 , maybe – but I believe being able to switch to the bigger / the right perspective at an instant – thereby enabling me to not take the bad feelings / the crawings to serious – is truly helping me. Good vibes your way too 😉


  3. Enjoy every second of your special trip. Doesn’t el camino mean ‘the way?’ Sounds like you’ve found your own way to happiness. Adios!


  4. One day at a time is all I can do. 🙂 Do the same. Sometimes one hour at a time. Please post more pictures. Have fun. Diet Coke might fit right in. You might be surprised!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s