Win a DVD copy of The Way

Win a DVD copy of The Way

The Way – A Movie Review

The Way – A Movie Review

The Way (2010) Cast: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick van Wageningen and James Nesbitt Director: Emilio Estevez Synopsis: Martin Sheen plays an American doctor, Tom, who travels to France after his son (Emilio Estevez) dies while attempting to walk the Camino de Santiago. After he puts his son’s affairs in order, Tom decides to finish the journey in his stead. The Camino, also known as The Way of St. James proves to offer adventure and companionship around…

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EXCERPTS FROM MY CAMINO DIARY – WEEK 5

EXCERPTS FROM MY CAMINO DIARY – WEEK 5

** let me start off by saying that I am writing these diary posts from my cell . So please excuse the format, look, possible grammatical errors, and feel of this presentation for normally I would have a laptop but wanted to disconnect is much as possible while walking the Camino de Santiago July 29, 2016: Sarria – Gonzar Today started out stressful. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to get back into my albergue but to no avail.  That is…

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Excerpts from my Camino Diary – Week 4

Excerpts from my Camino Diary – Week 4

** let me start off by saying that I am writing these diary posts from my cell . So please excuse the format, look, possible grammatical errors, and feel of this presentation for normally I would have a laptop but wanted to disconnect is much as possible while walking the Camino de Santiago July 22, 2016: St. Martin del Camino – Astorga Today we we returned to the beautiful walk as we walked with Maya, Amelia, and their SoCal family from…

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Excerpts from my Camino Diary – Week 3

Excerpts from my Camino Diary – Week 3

** let me start off by saying that I am writing these diary posts from my cell . So please excuse the format, look, possible grammatical errors, and feel of this presentation for normally I would have a laptop but wanted to disconnect is much as possible while walking the Camino de Santiago. July 15, 2016: Hontanas – Boadilla Another long day! We had as a group decided to leave early to walk another 28 kilometers. Today I realized why the…

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Excerpts from my Camino Diary – Week 2

Excerpts from my Camino Diary – Week 2

** let me start off by saying that I am writing these diary posts from my cell . So please excuse the format, look, possible grammatical errors, and feel of this presentation for normally I would have a laptop but wanted to disconnect is much as possible while walking the Camino de Santiago. July 8, 2016: Viana – Navarrete I woke up this morning feeling great! My left foot still was really sore and tender but a little better and the…

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Excerpts from my Camino Diary – Week 1

Excerpts from my Camino Diary – Week 1

** let me start off by saying that I am writing these diary posts from my cell . So please excuse the format, look, possible grammatical errors, and feel of this presentation for normally I would have a laptop but wanted to disconnect is much as possible while walking the Camino de Santiago. Week 1: A hard lesson in humility! July 1, 2016 What a physically rough day. They warn that this day is by far the hardest, but come…

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Running with the Bulls

Running with the Bulls

As I embark as a pilgrim on the famous Camino de Santiago, I have the privilege of returning to Pamplona, Spain. 3 years ago, on July 13, 2013, I came to Pamplona for the Festival de San Fermin & to Complete Bucket List Item #13 Running of the Bulls. It was a great adventure filled with 1st time experiences like going to Spain, meeting people from Australia & New Zealand, Running of the Bulls, travelling Solo, and many others.  Though this time…

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The Symbol of a Pilgrim

The Symbol of a Pilgrim

The scallop shell (in Spanish: concha de Vieira) has, over the past centuries become the recognized official symbol of the famed Camino de Santiago.  It can be seen throughout the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.  Sometimes it is engraved on posts, sometimes painted on signs, and through some of the more populated areas, as part of their official street signs or emblazed into the road.  This has been done throughout most of the Camino in order to guide pilgrims along the way. Not only is the scallop a…

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To Walk and Pray

To Walk and Pray

A pilgrimage is when a traveler, typically on foot, journeys to a holy place of special significance, usually to a particular religious belief.  As they walk to this church, shrine, or location of importance, the pilgrim will often find that the route in itself becomes a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. So, where does the 490 mile walk of the Camino de Santiago take a pilgrim?  What shrine or location of importance is found through this experience?  Does the pilgrim have to pray and…

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