I tend to approach the world as if everything is negotiable, everything happens for good reasons, and the people who are kind and fair will be rewarded. We can probably blame four decades of reading novels with happy endings for that.
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.
My absolute favorite playlist song for long walks, steep mountains, and rough terrain. I dare you to watch this and not smile.
In a world that’s increasingly polarized between “us” and “them,” where “them” is often an enemy not worthy of respect, the Camino is different.
Our first few hours, and then days, of post-Camino life were almost comically awful, and an opportunity to practice a few of the lessons and skills we’d picked up…
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’mContinue reading “When You Get Sick on the Camino”
I’ve been neglecting the Camino Playlist recently. So I asked Eric, who is more musically driven than I am, anyway, to tell me about the songs that provided the soundtrack to his Camino. (Just because we went together doesn’t mean that we had the same experience…) Without even thinking, he pointed me to Sylvan Esso’sContinue reading “She Walking So Fast (Camino Playlist)”
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 aContinue reading “Sleeping Through the Snoring”
A few days into our Camino, as my feet were slowly, finally, maybe starting to adjust to long days and the extra weight of a pack, Eric’s turned against him. His shoes cut awkwardly into his Achilles tendon, causing pain. So he switched to sandals, but those caused a dreaded ampoule—a blister. Wearing his sneakersContinue reading “Radio Camino”
One year ago today, late on the night of April 4, I posted this on the American Pilgrims of the Camino Facebook page: We leave in 16 hours. The bags are too heavy. I don’t know the languages, and I’m told my accents are atrocious. I have barely trained. The house-sitting/pet-sitting plans are heldContinue reading “One year ago…”