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Camino de Santiago journal: the walking part

  “I should have taken the Camino more seriously,” said the middle-aged man from the US West Coast. “I should have trained more. I’m disappointed with myself.” I met the guy in the crowded albergue (a hostel for pilgrims) in Mérida about a week into the pilgrimage. He was tired and slightly injured and was […]

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Camino journal: On the knife edge of faith

  “I’m not ashamed of being Christian.” When the nice man who runs​ the albergue and mission in the middle of Via de la Plata nowhere (Villar de Farfon) said this, I admit to the tiniest prick of shame. I am sometimes embarrassed about being Christian. Christians come in all the colors of the rainbow, […]

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Camino journal: Story #2; part #1

The peregrinos flitted from the albergue at Santa Croya like bats that fly by day–in twos and threes, or, in my case, ones. If the previous night’s albergue had been like peregrino church, this one was like a comfy hotel. It still had dorms and shared bathrooms, but it was clean and spacious with some […]

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Camino journal: two tales from the road

  Story #1: El carretera no es el Camino. No shit, Dude. I’d just staggered into the albergue in Tábara after almost 18 hellish miles (28 km) on a busy, shoulderless road. I had decided to cut one stage off the Camino by taking a direct, diagonal route to Tábara rather than taking the square […]

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Camino journal: Semana Santa in Cáceres

  The peregrinos were in turmoil. Semana Santa was upon us and not a bed was to be had-not in the albergues in Cáceres, not in the hotels. Plans A and B were being executed and some folks were taking buses and taxis to nearby smaller towns to find a place to stay for the […]

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