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?
Laurel and I stopped for the night in Azofra, a tiny town between Logroño and Burgos. The town’s major claim to Camino fame is that the municipal albergue has two-person cubicles AND a fountain in the courtyard where pilgrims can soak tired feet. When we arrived, our new friend, John, mentioned that Azofra offered another … More The Monastery of Light
It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States, a time set aside for family and feasting, and hopefully a time to reflect on the gifts we’ve been given. In that spirit, I’ve been thinking about my Camino Gratitudes: the things I now appreciate (or appreciate more) because I have been a pilgrim to Santiago. In … More 7 Camino Gratitudes
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!
There are dozens of books written about people’s personal experience on the Camino. Today, a new one will be added to the list, and I’m particularly excited about it. This is Pilgrim Strong, by my friend (and tattoo buddy) Steve Watkins. Steve walked the Camino Frances (St Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago) in the fall of … More Pilgrim Strong: An Interview with Author Steve Watkins
“People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they … More To Saunter in the Mountains
It’s impossible to walk the Way of Saint James, the Camino de Santiago, without encountering images of Saint James. Which makes sense – we are on a journey to his recognized grave, after all. Without James the Greater, brother of John and the first of Jesus’ disciples to be martyred, there would never have been … More Saint James Matamoros: the Fake News of the Last Millennium
Your pilgrimage begins as soon as you walk out your door, says a popular Camino mantra. Historically, that’s true. After all, the original pilgrims to Santiago didn’t have the choice to hop on a plane or train to get to a well-marked and collectively-accepted starting point. They just picked up their belongings and started walking. … More Planes, Trains, and Spain: How to Get to the Camino de Santiago
“Remain humble on this road, or the road will humble you.” – Kevin Codd, To the Field of Stars I’m back! I have a lot to say about my 13-day trip to Spain and the Camino Frances, but let’s start with the elephant in the room: The plan was to walk for 10 days, from … More The Road Will Humble You
“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…” Well, almost packed. I’ve been working intently on The Book all month (that’s a mild way of saying I’ve been up until 2 or 3 every night for at least two weeks), but yesterday I finally let it go, sending it off to a group of … More My Summer Camino Packing List