A collection of advice I found tucked in my journal, solicited from fellow pilgrims and compiled over sangrias and cervezas during our afternoon rests. … More 10 Tips for Not Being “That” Camino Pilgrim
“How long will you be in Europe?” said the bored-looking customs agent in Iceland. It was not yet 7am,Reykjavik time, and he looked like he needed coffee as much as I did. “Three months,” I answered. I’d found out (after I bought the plane tickets) that were pushing the limits of the 90-day automatic visa … More How to Take a 3-Month Camino Sabbatical
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
We woke the next morning to a sound we hadn’t heard since we arrived in France: rain. Lots of rain. Our pod of pilgrims got up reluctantly and geared up for wet weather… … More When It Rains…
Walking the Chemin de Saint Jacques often felt like an epic game of Where’s Waldo—but if you pay attention you’ll quickly know if you got off track. … More Can You Get Lost Walking the Camino de Santiago?
I was in a chapel in Leon the first time I heard Denise Thiem’s name. But in the summer of 2015, Denise’s absence became a part of all of our journeys. … More Is the Camino Safe for Women?
Here are the three small hacks I made to my Camino packing, based on the advice of pilgrims who went before me, that made a world of difference almost every day. … More 3 (Almost-Weightless) Camino Packing Hacks
The first day of summer brought me a gift: the first head cold of summer. I’ve spent the past week on my couch, going through a full box of tissues, drinking gallons of green tea, and catching up on Season 3 of The Americans. I could do all of that, of course, because this summer I’m … More When You Get Sick on the Camino
A few weeks ago I shared my five favorite albergues on the Camino Frances, the path from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago. But that only covers half of my Camino. Now I want to step back and look at the five most unforgettable gites of the Chemin du Puy, the Camino route from … More 5 Unforgettable Gites on France’s Chemin du Puy
Here’s another question people ask when they hear that we spent almost all of our 79 Camino nights in shared rooms, sometimes with as many as 50 other people. What do you do about the snoring? I could make a joke here about how most of us who are married are used to sleeping a … More Sleeping Through the Snoring