A New Kind of Adventure: The Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage (spiritual or non-spiritual) that people from all over the world have walked for thousands of years.  Although it is based on a Catholic tradition, you can do the pilgrimage for any motive.

 There are many different routes to take, but the most popular one is the Camino Frances. This route starts in St. Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains and goes 780 kilometers (about 500 miles) to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  

Before you begin, they give you a pilgrim passport and the locations recorded on it are where you will receive a stamp in the passport.  The stamps will show that you are indeed walking (and not driving) the path.  Some of the locations on the walking path are in places cars can’t get to and stamps from those places give you the opportunity to get cheap rates at hostels each night.

The path is well walked each and every year, with huge signs in the countryside to ensure that you don’t get lost.  My journey will pass through some of the bigger cities such as Pamplona, Burgos, and Leon.  So, if there is anything necessary to buy then access is not far.  

 

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There are many different types of places to sleep each night, ranging from nice hotels to donation-funded hostels where 100+ people share one big room. 

The end city is in Santiago de Compostela, where the pilgrims receive a diploma and attend the service at the beautiful cathedral.  The ones that want to continue on with the camino can leave from Santiago de Compostela to Muxia and then  Cape Finisterre —  aka: “the end of the world,” , which generally takes about 4 more days of walking.  Finisterre gets its name because this cape was the end of known lands in the Middle Ages.  

The goal for most pilgrims is to be able to go to the cape after having walked over 800 kilometers and sit on the rocks there to watch one of the most magnificent sunsets ever.  Afterward, the pilgrims will burn some of the stuff they have brought with them on the pilgrimage as a symbol of rebirth and renovation.

The Camino is not for the weak, however the experience is one that can be life changing.

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  • Have you ever done the camino? 
  • Life is all about taking risks, would you dare to do the camino? 
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