Camino journal: Looking up-and down-and up

  I’ve been pretty clear about how I wanted to approach this pilgrimage experience. I want to challenge myself, not kill myself. I am carrying intentions, for others and myself. I want to walk with God, because I have some things to figure out, and sometimes when you put yourself in a strange environment, you […]

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Camino journal: Inauspicious day #1

I was very worried about being able to walk 14 miles right out of the box on the first day of the the Via de la Plata camino. I was also a little worried about being able to follow the little yellow arrows through Seville and into the country, which is all any peregrino has […]

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Gaudi. Son of Barcelona

Gaudi, the most famous of the Modernistes, has left his architectural fingerprint throughout Barcelona. His major work, however, is the Sagrada Familia-the church of the Holy Family. That’s the towering drip sand castle with the weird gew-gaws you see in pictures of Barcelona. I will tell you that pictures do not do the place justice. […]

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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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