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Funny But True Things about the Camino de Santiago

Funny But True Things about the Camino de Santiago

On Monday, June 27th, 2016, I embarked on perhaps one of my greatest adventures of 2016, to fulfill Bucketlist item #109) Walk the Camino de Santiago from France to Santiago, Espana. The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, is 490+ mile pilgrimage often starting in St Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, Spain where it is believed that the remains of the Apostle St. James the Greater are buried. People make the pilgrimage for many reasons: a retreat for their spiritual growth,…

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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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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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My Hopes & Goals of 2016

My Hopes & Goals of 2016

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ~Benjamin Franklin Ok So I realize that it is already mid May and that 1/3rd of 2016 is already over but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t plan it out!  I just didn’t share it yet!   In fact, every January, I tend to sit down post Christmas and start Bucketlistlusting (is that a word?) from my Old Notebook.  Then I literally create a year graph and draw out how I…

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