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Walking the Camino de Santiago: Winter Pilgrimage

Walking the Camino de Santiago: Winter Pilgrimage

 

Since the release and unexpected success of the film The Way, it seems that walking the Camino de Santiago is on everyone’s travel bucket list. When I first walked the Camino back in 2003 it was little known to travellers outside of Europe and we felt quite the intrepid adventurers revealing our plans to walk across Spain.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago: A Packing Guide You Will Thank me For Later

Walking the Camino de Santiago: A Packing Guide You Will Thank me For Later

 

 

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it”

Charles Dudley Warner

 

I remember it well: the first hour of the first day of walking the Camino de Santiago in 2003. It began perfectly. I was super excited, full of energy (mostly from adrenalin, and the French pastry I’d eaten for breakfast) and ready to begin the trek into the French Pyrenees.

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Pilgrimage, Wolves and Bandits: Camino de Santiago

Pilgrimage, Wolves and Bandits: Camino de Santiago

It’s true, the idea of a pilgrimage is usually associated with a religious ritual or rite of passage: the pilgrimage to Mecca in Islam, the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem in Judaism and The Vatican in Catholicism.

 

But I am going to help myself to a little creative license here and suggest that any journey or travel can be considered a pilgrimage: and a non-religious one at that.

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The Road Less Travelled: Camino de Santiago

The Road Less Travelled: Camino de Santiago

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A Winter Camino, a Cancelled Flight…and a White Christmas

A Winter Camino, a Cancelled Flight…and a White Christmas

 

It’s a traveller’s worst nightmare. Well, one of them at least.

 

Those huge red, flashing letters next to the departure time of your next flight have the power to rattle even the most frequent of flyers: CANCELLED. A delay is frustrating enough but you see ‘cancelled’ and your heart just sinks.

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The Way To Santiago

The Way To Santiago

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The Best in the World: Trips of a Lifetime

The Best in the World: Trips of a Lifetime

The Best in the World is a series of posts of what I consider some of the most wonderful places in the world. Some of them will be places I’ve visited myself, others will be high on my ‘wishlist’, and some will be recommendations I’ve gathered from fellow travellers. Not a comprehensive list of course, but certainly a good place to start.

Getting ‘off the beaten track’ is getting more and more difficult these days with tour companies providing access to even the most remote areas of the globe. This also means that if you have the dollars, you can pretty much go anywhere you like!
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Journal Archive: Winter Pilgrimage, Camino de Santiago

Journal Archive: Winter Pilgrimage, Camino de Santiago

 Extract from my winter pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago last year:

“A few people have been emailing and asking why the hell we are attempting this pilgrimage in the winter months. I know I painted a pretty grim picture in that last post, but just to clarify…Apart from that week on the Meseta, this journey has been truly amazing. It is by far the most challenging, and the most fulfilling thing I have ever done. In so many ways. Sure, there have been ups and downs, as with anything, but I wouldn´t change a single moment of it – even the difficult parts. Yes, even the Meseta!! Hey, what doesn´t kill you makes you stronger, right??

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