A Regroup From The Camino

September 18th, 2013. I guess, its time to regroup. I was so busy walking everyday it was easy to not realize how quickly our walking turned into racing. It’s time for a bit of an explanation. After 12 days of solid 5-6 hours of walking each day, and walking around 150 miles, and getting into what I thought was the groove of the Camino, our Camino de Santiago came to a screeching halt. Continue reading

The Way to Santo Domingo

September 11th, 2013 Ventosa —> Santo Domingo de la Calzada (17.4 miles, 6 hrs)

Cam1I am finally sitting down after what feels like a 20 mile jog today. Leaving in the dark again, around 6:45am this morning, Kent and I set out to make the city 29 some km away before they ran out of rooms. It’s somehow becoming more and more of an issue that the municipal albergues are full before 1pm!  Continue reading

Simple Pleasures

September 10th, 2013 Since last post in Puente de la Reina > Ventosa (84km) 52.6 miles.

Cam1I got my first blister. It’s just a simple one between my middle and second toes. Flip-flops are a blessing in the afternoons. I had to learn to lance the blister with a needle, clean it, use the proper antibiotics, and apparently also tighten up my shoes. It becomes a daily routine, just after the showers happen. Continue reading

The Day of a Peregrina

September 6th, 2013. Hike today: Pamplona -> Puente de la Reina (14 miles)

(Wikipedia)  Peregrino: A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler (literally one who has come from afar) who is on a journey to a holy place. Typically, this is a physical journey (often on foot) to some place of special significance to the adherent of a particular religious belief system. In the spiritual literature of Christianity, the concept of pilgrim and pilgrimage may refer to the experience of life in the world (considered as a period of exile) or to the inner path of the spiritual aspirant from a state of wretchedness to a state of beautitud. Continue reading

The Camino

September 5th, 2013

Saint Jean Pied de Port —> Pamplona (70.5 km, 43.8 miles)

Cam1It feels like its been so long since Saint Jean Pied de Port, France. Really, it was just September 3rd, it was a Tuesday. We arrived in France on the Ryanair flight out of Dublin around noon, and after getting into the city of Biarritz, France, on the Coast we took the first 3:05pm train to Saint Jean Pied de Port, the official starting point of the Camino. Continue reading

Untethered and Longs Nights

July 17th, 2013

The Camino de Santiago looms near. Start day, 46 days away. I remember my time in Germany when I had just 46 days away before I was going home, and the days flew by like summer days do, gone before I realized it. June, July, August, seem to be half of the length of any other month. I of course have so much to do within the next few months, I’m sure it will be the same way. Continue reading

In order to have balance you must keep moving forward.

May 28th, 2013

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As many of you know, the Way of Saint James is my newest adventure, starting this September 1st,. 2013 I’ve just finished my last year of my Master’s Degree and its high time I satisfy this Wanderlust of mine, which has returned since my journey living in Europe ended two years ago. I thought that after living abroad for over a year, I’d be ready to come live in the States, like normal people do. Continue reading