On the Monday after Easter three years ago, Eric and I arrived in Paris after an overnight flight. We took a train to Lyon, and then another one to Le Puy-en-Velay, one of the oldest starting points of the Way of Saint James, according to the twelfth-century guide for pilgrims—considered one of the earliest travel … More Le Puy-En-Velay
The photos last week caught my attention. The chapel, covered in snow. The lone pilgrim, covered in a poncho but soldiering on. I knew this place, and the people who guarded pilgrims along this stretch of road. Although when I’d passed by, the sky was grey and full of rain, not snow. From Walking to … More The Abbey
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about a story that will be in Walking to the End of the World. Linda, my developmental editor who was generally right about everything, expressed some concern about keeping this anecdote in the final book. She worried that it would make me seem too critical and would turn readers … More The Ugly American
Happy 2018! I’m so excited to finally be able to say “my book releases this year.” To celebrate, I want to share one of the most meaningful memories of my Camino journey. It happened on the infamous Day I Walked Over the Pyrenees. As soon as we crossed the Nive River, the road started to … More My Camino Miracle
My Camino story is one step closer to publication! After a couple weeks of winging ideas around, the incredible team at Mountaineers Books and I have finalized the title: Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago It’s a lot of words, but it captures perfectly the … More We Have a Title!
Two years ago today, Eric and I got on a train in Santiago de Compostela and set off toward the sunrise. After 79 days of walking, 3 days of rest in Finisterre, and one last day in Santiago, it was strange to be going east. But our Camino was officially done. Two years to the … More Great Big Exciting Book News: I have a publisher!
One of the best parts about planning this summer’s mini-Camino is that it gives me the chance to go back and walk the 40 kilometers of “missing link” in my last Camino, between Viana and Najera. There are lots of reasons why a Camino pilgrim might decide to skip ahead on the trail via bus, … More “No Problem!” On the Generosity of Camino Strangers (and a Wild Ride to Logroño)
(An excerpt from the book in progress, describing the morning of April 8, 2015.) Despite the wine and the jet lag, I slept fitfully in Le Puy, waking every hour to stare into the darkness and listen to pilgrims breathing in the cubicles around me. We were so close to beginning this thing. When my … More The Morning We Became Pilgrims of Le Puy
We were just ten kilometers from Puente La Reina, our stop for the night, but there was a side trip I was eager to take: The Church of Santa María of Eunate. … More A Detour to Eunate
I admit it: I have the twitch: The instinctive urge to reach for the phone every time there’s a pause in life: waiting in line, or before a show or movie starts, or on the bus…or when there’s just a break in conversation. Am I missing something? What are other people doing? The desire to … More Why I Turned Off My Cell Phone on the Camino