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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: 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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