Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago and the 10 worst mistakes

June 12, 2018

The 10 worst mistakes I made walking El Camino de Santiago in Spain 1. First mistake walking for 6 days instead of longer because ‘after 10 days everything is easy’ . So the long term, long distance Pilgrims say . Then again, they are the ones still alive at the end to tell the tale. […]

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El Camino onward # 6

June 10, 2018

…I see some graffiti sprayed on a wall in Spanish. I can translate everything but the last word. I ask a party of Spaniards and they translate for me. Marina’s husband says it’s long she says it’s wide . Life is short but wide Or Life is short but long There is truth in both, […]

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El Camino onward #2

June 7, 2018

By 8.30 am we had left the little town of Portomarín on the hill . I stamped my El Camino passport at the church and walked down hill to the bridge and on to Palas de Rei . The path climbed up through forests of Pine, we passed small pinnate Oak trees ,friendly Broom bushes, […]

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El Camino begins #1

Finally I arrive in Sarria. It was the day before I was to begin my 120 kilometre walk to Santiago de Compostela, on El Camino de Santiago, on my own, although not alone.  What will the next day bring ? I opened up a booklet I had brought with me containing reflections and prayers and […]

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The Scallop Shell

May 11, 2018

The scallop shell has long been considered a symbol of the Camino de Santiago. The shell is seen on posts and signs along the route. Its relevance may have originally come from a desire for pilgrims to take home a souvenir from the shores of Galicia. Now it has become the symbol of myths and […]

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Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James

April 25, 2018

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St James, was one of the most important Christian Pilgrimages during the Middle Ages. St James, translated as Santiago, travelled to Galicia which the Romans called Finis Terrae meaning the end of the world. Here, James preached and converted the people to Christianity. It’s hard to imagine […]

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