Professor King and the Grand Church

Santiago de Compostela, writes the 20th c. American writer and Bryn Mawr professor, Georgiana Goddard King, “is a dead town, monumental and triste.” The very same vibrant, bustling Spanish town that greets thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year, that she herself visited every year, that she wrote about at considerable length – dead. What […]

Books, Books, Books!

This is a fun heads up! I’m starting a new series of guides to the Camino. The first will be a guide – specifically for English-speaking pilgrims – to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You can read lots of guides. They’re dense, filled with numbers, how high the towers are, when the building went […]

A Pilgrim’s Take on Taking a Tour

But in every day, there is the walking and that’s what I have come to realize is the very thing that keeps bringing me back, time and again.

Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim

New BOOK Notice! Not a guidebook, no maps, no long-winded legends or history – just lots of stories and helpful suggestions to anyone planning their first Camino or just waiting to go back. Geared toward American Pilgrims, this book is a must-have, must-read. It’s the perfect companion to your standard guidebooks, like John Brierley, the […]

What is Breakfast Like on the Way to The Abbey?

I am spending a week volunteering at the restoration of a 12th century fortress on the Camino de Santiago just outside Pamplona in the magnificent countryside of Navarre. I greet passing pilgrims who walk by while the new owner of the property works on the project. They are on their way to Santiago de Compostela […]