I walked the Camino de Santiago (for the first time) from May 11- June 17, 2012. A few days before I left, I solidified plans to blog about my experiences for bustedhalo.com, so some of the links below will take you to the posts I wrote for their site. Others are ones I wrote on this site.
Before the Camino:
- The Camino – How I first heard about the Camino and the tale of buying my pack (two years before I left!)
- 10,000 steps – Starting to practice for the Camino
- Another Serendipity Story – How I got the last of the Frequent Flyer miles I needed for my flight to Spain
- On Walking – Preparing for the Camino
- A Test Run – How A Trip to Italy prepared me for the Camino
- This Pilgrim’s Path – Why I was doing the Camino
- Packing List: Sunscreen, Hiking Shoes, Rocks?
- And She’s Off….Again – Getting there
On the Camino:
- Best Yet – First Days
- Everyone Walks Their Own Camino
- “God: Is this the Right Way?” – On following your intuition
- Unloading My Fears, Lightening My Pack
- Sights and Sounds
- My Day-by-Day Spiritual Journey – an update
- A Down Day
- Learning to Walk – on learning to use hiking poles
- Camino: By the Numbers
- Lessons Learned along the Camino
- The Hidden Benefit of a Late Start
- The Way: The Movie vs. the Pilgrimage
- Being on an Ancient Pilgrimage in a Digital Age – on blogging from the Camino
- A Birth, A Death, and A Christening – Arrival in Santiago
After my first journey along the Camino, I was hooked. I walked the Camino Portugués in 2014, and walked the Camino Francés again in 2015–this time as the coordinator and walking companion for my 73-year-old friend, Lois.
In 2017, I walked the Via Podiensis in France — from Le Puy-en-Velay to Figeac.
- Le Puy-en-Velay —
- Sightseeing in Le Puy-en-Velay — Why I spent two nights in Le Puy-en-Velay
- How Not to Lose Weight on the Via Podiensis — Oh, French food!
- Leaving Le Puy-en-Velay — The traditions of beginning a Camino in Le Puy
- The Difficulties of Day 3 (x3) — Some things never change . . .
- A Girl’s Best Friend — about my canine companion
- Camino Camaraderie — As they say, “The Camino Provides”
- Pay Me Later. Much Later. — Hospitality is a little different along this route.
- Conques and the “Furtive Transfer” — truth is often better than fiction
I ended my 2017 walk early due to the extreme summer temperatures (which I was told are unusual). Then, I headed to San Antón in Castrojeriz, Spain, be a hospitalera (volunteer) at a hostel along the Camino Francés.
Planning on walking the Camino? Have questions? I would love to help you. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org