Frustrations, Delays, Silent Shouts

Thursday, October 8, 2015.  I am trying.  I am writing.  Neither Flickr nor WordPress wants to download any photos, and I’ve been trying for two days to finish the next post, from nearly 10 days ago.

I reached Santiago yesterday, and am settled at the Seminario Mayor, Hospitaje San Martin Pinario, where I sat after my last Camino, sat in comfort for five days and wrote and wrote.  That is the plan for this next week, but the internet or the websites or something just seems to be misbehaving.

Flickr, which my daughter uses with ease, just gives me this message:  “Bad Bad Panda . . . Come On!  We want to see photos!  (Don’t worry . . . we know there is a problem and we are working on it.)”    Who the hell is Panda?  Why are they still working on their problem after hours of giving me this message?  Why can’t I download more photos to either WordPress or Flickr?  No, I am not at my WordPress limit, and no, Flickr doesn’t even give me an option to download or delete or any such thing.

So know that I will finish, with or without photos, but the photos are so interesting, and I like peppering my words with images.

Just thought I’d give notice that I did NOT die on the Camino del Norte, that I DID finish, that I WILL update, and that I AM writing on my word doc site, which behaves itself nicely all the time.  Just can’t put more than words on the Woodswomanwalking site.

More later.  But all in all, I have had a “Buen Camino.”

About Woodswoman

Writer, educator, psychotherapist, woodswoman. Crave solitude and just walked the Camino de Santiago from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Long-term partner, Neil. Three grown kids, one traveling the world for a couple of years (see, and two in other countries . . . Thailand and Texas! One Golden Retrievers and two cats. Avid reader, looking for 10 more hours in each of my days.
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14 Responses to Frustrations, Delays, Silent Shouts

  1. Mary Ann Fox says:

    You deserve it.
    Please let me know when you give a presentation on your walk.
    Take care
    Mary Ann

    • Woodswoman says:

      Well, I don’t know at this point when that will be. I know CSU has said they’d like me to give another Perk Talk, but that will be in the 2016 Spring semester. I am asked to do talks at other places, and typically send out e-mails for those dates, but that’s the best I can do. Happy Birthday!

  2. Janelle says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! So relieved you
    are in one piece and have another huge notch in your belt of travels and achievements! 😅😆😋

  3. Bonnie says:

    Congratulations!!!!!! Enjoy Santiago. Looking forward to your future posts.

  4. Nancy Keil says:

    Congrats! Revel in your accomplishment.

  5. Marianne Rieux says:

    Joannah, The panda is flickr’s mascot. They chose a photo they liked of a little girl pulling a panda STATUE, with the message: “Bad Bad Panda . . . Come On! We want to see photos!” Flick’r uses the message and the photo INSTEAD sending out an error message saying that they are having trouble with their servers. I read some of the comments from Flick’r’s customers, most of which said they appreciated the attempt at humor but are rather wishing Flick’r would solve it’s problems.

    So maybe you just want to keep trying. Apparently, these problems have happened in the past and have been resolved …. at least until the next time!

    I’m enjoying your photos and your writing and look forward to more of both! — MA

  6. Woodswoman says:

    Well, thanks for clearing that up, but I don’t find it humorous either. Maybe I’ll try Shutterfly or one of the others, because though WordPress has been great to work on, I AM running out of GB for photo loading, and Ashley suggested Flickr, which she uses for all her photos. Seemed to be working for her. But I have been having a helluva time, and don’t like the order in which they load my photos. Other problems with it as well, and maybe I’ll wait until I get home and can have time “hahahaha” to work on it.

    How is your paddling group going? How is Felix? And Amanda and Kahea? E-mail me an update off this site, okay?

  7. lynnjake says:

    Thank you so muchfor this wonderful account of your travels. I don’t know you, but I found your blog on the APOC site on Facebook. I have felt like I was with you on this journey and I so appreciate your generosity in sharing so well.

    • Woodswoman says:

      You are very welcome and thank you for the kind words. Now that I’m in Santiago, my only real frustration is the slow speed of the wifi at my formerly exceptional hospitaje. But I’ll get things posted in good time and in the meantime I’m writing some of my post-thoughts in my own journal so I can cull through them for the website.

      • lynnjake says:

        I will look forward to reading whatever you post. I’ve thought about walking the Camino since about 1999, when I read Paolo Coelho’s book,
        The Pilgrimage.” In recent years, since the movie “The Way” came out and the Camino has become so much busier, I have doubted my calling to walk it. I am of mixed emotions about it now. I’m just about your age and will be retiring in another year, so will decide then, I suppose. I love reading all your little details and how you absolutely made this your camino. Thanks again.

  8. Marilyn Milhous says:

    The trip seemed much quicker this time – is that my impression, or was it really a shorter walk. So glad I get to do these trips vicariously.

    • Woodswoman says:

      Marilyn, it’s a bit confusing. The Camino Frances (two years ago I did this) was 780 km or thereabouts, and I did it in 43 days, with six days off, one a week, so it really took me 37 days to walk it, This Camino del Norte is 860 km, so yes, it would have taken me longer (A LOT LONGER, given the difficulty for half of it), but I knew I wouldn’t make it by October 10, my goal, if I walked the whole thing at the pace I could manage.

      Given my bronchitis and lingering cough, my right leg problems with foot, ankle and hip, I strategically (and sometimes just desperately) lopped off km here and there . . . sometimes 4-6 km, sometimes 30 km, depending on the circumstances, and once I was walking easily again, or at least rather easily, I saw that I was now going to arrive on October 7. Could have gotten here on the 6th, but split it up a bit.

      So the walk was longer, and MY version of it, with adaptations, took less time in the end. Maybe I’ll write a post about this one, after I’m finished with the rest of the formal walk.

  9. stringguru says:

    Congratulations on a job well done.

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