In 2005 I undertook what would be the journey of a lifetime, the Camino de Santiago. What a cliche, huh? Take a long hike across Spain on an ancient pilgrimage trail to find yourself? I needed that long walk and a lot of peace and quiet in the worst way that year, and I found what I was looking for and so much more. Thousands do it every year, and after hearing about a friend’s remarkable and healing journey, I was determined to do this as well.
I will be covering some of the history of the Camino throughout my posts, but for a great primer, check out American Pilgrims on the Camino.
To summarize: I walked over 500 miles (750+ km) in July, 2005, from St. Jean Pied de Port in the south of France to Santiago de Compestela in northwestern Spain. Trails converge from all over Europe to Santiago, but the Camino Frances, the trail I took, is the most popular and populated these days.
I was a faithful chronicler of the adventures, heartbreaks, foot aches, and everything else that goes with walking 500 miles in 300 days with only a backpack and a few Euros. I’ve treasured my journal, my pictures, and my stories and I’m excited to share them here. What I hope will happen is that others will find the stories helpful to them either as they embark on the Camino themselves or as they travel whatever trail it is they are on in their lives. You can’t walk that far by yourself and not learn a few things along the way.
I would love to hear from other peregrinos and share their stories as well. Contact me if you feel like sharing or commenting!
This week I’m participating in another great Arkansas Women Bloggers challenge, “ThanksBlogging“. This week is all related to the things we are thankful for in preparation for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful for the opportunity to experience things like Pamplona, Spain during its annual fiesta. (more…)