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An inauspicious start. Camino journal

Mid-March would be safe, I thought. After a mild, Michigan winter, mid-March would be almost spring. Surely I would have no problem taking a bus to Chicago and flying to Spain from there in the almost spring. Surely. So that is how I came to be standing at pole number 13 outside the Sear’s Auto […]

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Preparing for the Camino de Santiago, pt. 2

  Finally, after two years of anticipation, I’m in the final hours of preparation for my pilgrim walk on the Camino de Santiago. I’m finding this process of preparation quite different from other long trips in three ways. First, the gear is different. On other trips, I have certain travel clothes and equipment. I only […]

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Preparing for the Camino de Santiago

  Months ago, my dad quizzed me on the expectations I might have for the trek I plan to do. In just over a month, I leave for Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. This is a spiderweb of ancient pilgrim routes through Spain that converge at the city of Santiago de Compostela in […]

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Wisdom from the Maya

  By 9am I was waiting for the bus back to Mérida. “En cinco minutos.” Time enough to run to the corner store for a Nescafé. Among the small group of locals waiting for the bus was a man with two bulging plastic bags. He was of indeterminate age and unremarkable appearance. He struck up […]

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A day at Chichen-Itza

  Chichen-Itza, the renowned Maya ruin and UNESCO World Heritage site was only a couple easy hours by bus from my hotel in Merida.  I walked a few blocks from the bus stop to the pleasant, affordable, family-run Posada Oldalde in Pisté, which is the gateway town to the ruins. I decided stay for two […]

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