I think I am obsessed – I am now dreaming of walking the Camino de Santiago after first being introduced to it only a few months ago.
It all started with a friend telling me that she and her mother would like to do the trail – or a portion thereof. She recommended the book by Canadian Julie Kirkpatrick – The Camino Letters: 26 Tasks on the way to Finisterre. What an inspiration. I read it on the beach in Jamaica in a day. Such a tremendous journey of self-discovery, the book was so inspirational, I literally could not put it down. It was here that I decided I wanted to walk the trail. The only question was when!
Only a couple days after returning from my holiday, another friend emailed me to tell me about the movie playing at the Bytown Theatre in Ottawa – The Way. If I wasn’t already convinced about this journey, this movie did it! The only question is when?
The pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela is close to 800 kms (500 miles), with the most popular route being the Camino Frances. I have read that many walk between 20 – 25 kms (12-15 miles) per day, and the journey can take 6-8 weeks. Some do the Camino in stages.
It is still early days – I have yet to do my research and figure out what my journey will be, however the book and the movie were both so compelling, I had an undeniable urge to share!
One of the many quotes from the movie that I loved was when the estranged son, played by Emilio Estevez says “you don’t choose your life, you live one”. I have always had a sense of wanderlust – a sense of adventure and lust for going to new places, experiencing new cultures. This summer I bought new hiking boots, and wondered where they would take me – well, I think I have found my answer!
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I am dreaming of the Camino de Santiago. I hope to make this dream a reality. Buen Camino.
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