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The Camino

May 4, 2013 by Luann Edwards

A rite of passage, the Camino de Santiago leads modern-day pilgrims along a path from France into northern Spain. I find this fascinating, that millions of people a year would venture, on foot, to the city where St. James is reputed to be buried. Some of them walk the trail  because they’ve found religion, and others because they’ve lost their way. More, still, walk the Camino because they need to redefine their lives and this feat of mental and physical endurance is said to do that.

 

Some day, I would like to walk the Camino. While I haven’t set a date – or accumulated enough vacation time from work – I have begun to research this journey through a handy Google blog search. I’d like to share a few pieces with you.

 

Blogger Paul Agostinelli writes on the Zephyr Travel blog: “Whatever your spiritual orientation, the Camino invites you to become present with your life on earth, and in the universe.”

 

Camino de Santiago (Photo from Zephyr Adventures.com)

Camino de Santiago (Photo from Zephyr Adventures.com)

 

The Camino means many things to many people. Agostinelli also writes, “One of the best things about the self-guided walking tour of Camino de Santiago is that while the route is well-mapped, the “journey” is full of surprises, and your experience will be completely unique to you. Our pilgrimage was full of wonderful, unplanned moments: the sun glistening magically off a babbling creek; a herd of cows being led by an ancient peasant farmer blocking our path; the young South Korean girl traveling the Camino alone who teared up telling us about her travels; Rosa from Puerto Rico by way of New York, who bought us several rounds at the hotel in Palas de Rei; the amazing polpo (octopus) on the playa in Melide….. and so many more. I had an amazing time on the Camino and will definitely remember it for the rest of my life.”

 

Photo from www.fourjandals.com

Photo from www.fourjandals.com

 

Walking the Camino is also official business, and certain credentials are required if you’d like to be an official pilgrim. On his blog, travelsofanewchristian.com, L. Reese Cumming writes, “First, one must obtain a Credential at the beginning of the trip.  This may be obtained at one’s own church, and at a church or tourist office along the route chosen.  As one travels they have this ‘passport’ stamped by where they might sleep at night, the local church, a tourist office or town hall.  It is most important to obtain these stamps as they are reviewed by the Pilgrim’s Office; upon arrival in Santiago de Compostela.  And this leads us to the second document required to be an official pilgrim.”

 

Credentials. (Photo from www.travelsofanewchristian.com)

Credentials. (Photo from www.travelsofanewchristian.com)

 

By far, Cole at fourjandals.com shared the most beautiful photos of the blogs I’ve searched. He also shared a quote that resonated with me, “While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.”  Cole, thank you for sharing your pictures and your story!

 

Photo from www.fourjandals.com

Photo from www.fourjandals.com

 

 

 

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