We caught a very fast train across France to the launching point – a medieval town called St Jean Pier de Port. We walked the ancient streets and the citadel. Our hostel was wonderful – 22 people from around the world. We shared our intentions for the Camino. Mine was to be outdoors, to walk the land and mark the end of a working life and living life differently. We lined up with other pilgrims and collected our compestella – our pilgrims passport. We get a stamp at every hostel on our way to Santiago.