My husband and I are preparing for a new path on our road of life. Literally this time. The 500-mile walk of the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain.
Known in English as The Way of St. James, this path ~ from the Spanish-French border in the east to the city of Santiago de Compostela in the west ~ has existed for over a thousand years. Legend holds that St. James’ remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried in what is now Santiago de Compostela. During medieval times, the route was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages and a path on which an indulgence could be earned. That’s right… all my sins forgiven.
While my mother may appreciate that particular fact, I am interested in the walk for more modern day reasons: travel, photography, practicing my Spanish, the challenge of weeks of walking, and 30+ days with my husband. I can see how it will be a spiritual adventure of sorts too. Solitude. Meditation. A retreat, sabbath from my usual way of life.
Please share your thoughts and experiences of this journey: how to train, what to take, the highs and lows… I know there will be lows… why else would I write about travels and travails.