When Eric and I approached Santiago de Compostela two years ago, the crowds of people around us grew by the day, as did their anticipation. Together we counted down “the last hundred” kilometers to Santiago, where the remains of Saint James waited for us in an enormous cathedral. On the morning of our arrival in … More Why Walk to Finisterre?
Last week Laurel and I sat down to do some Camino planning. Mostly, we talked about the logistics: our packing lists, how we’re going to get to Pamplona, how far we wanted to walk on the first day, stuff like that. But we also ended up talking a lot about our Camino fears. We’re a … More Camino Fears
It’s here! A week ago I went to the American Pilgrims of the Camino website and requested a new credential for my upcoming mini-Camino. (I’ve started to call it Camino 1.3, because I’ll walk about a third of the Camino Frances.) And now here it is, all crisp and blank and pretty. In less than … More The Camino Credential
What are the ways to be THAT pilgrim — which I read as the one who not only thrives personally, but makes the experiences of everyone around them better? … More 6 Ways to Be THAT Camino Pilgrim
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?