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 […]
I’m on the threshold, in the doorway. It’s a clear metaphor, of course, just describing a liminal space – you pick one side or the other, or you stay there. Do I back in and stay safe or do I step out and go on an adventure. It’s not unlike “Do I buy tickets or […]
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.
When I came back home with my very first Compostela, I went to Mass not far from my office and asked the priest after Mass to hear my confession. I was completing a circuit that had started on Christmas Day 2010 when I flew from New York to Madrid to catch a bus to Sarria […]
I guess it started with a little Nora Ephron movie that I watched on TV over Christmas in 2011. Julie Powell is a New York writer who started writing a cooking blog on a now-closed website called Open Salon. She caught the attention of the New York Times and collected many followers until finally her […]
I’m home from walking the Camino. Now what do I do?!
Thank you for reading Buen Camino! I ordered this book prior to starting my second trip to Spain to walk the Camino Santiago. The book provides interesting information into the history of the way and Camino culture. The author has walked many different Camino routes and her experience and information are invaluable for those heading […]
Caught somewhere between an adventure hiker and a religious zealot lies a pilgrim. Some of us are closer to the one than to the other, some of us aspire to be both. What I have found, though, is the majority of the pilgrims I have known are simpler souls who prefer to keep their allegiance […]
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 […]
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 […]