Camino de Santiago: An Introduction

Many of you know that from May 1st through June 5th, I hiked the Camino de Santiago. The Camino, as it is generally known, is a pilgrimage to Santiago where the bones of St. James are held. Santiago, in fact, means St. James. (San Tiago) and it consistently ranks in the top 3 most frequented pilgrimages next to Vatican City and Jerusalem.

There are a bunch of different routes to Santiago that are all Caminos (which means “The Way”) including the Portuguese, English, North and the more frequently traversed Frances. I chose the Frances as the route that would lead me to Santiago. Most pilgrims who hike the Camino Frances hike from St. Jean Pied de Port in France and continue 786 km (488 miles) to Santiago.

Over the next who knows how many blog posts I am going to be discussing a bunch of different aspects of the Camino. Part of this is to help me process the whole experience, but another part is to invite you all deeper into the who, what, why, and how of that trip. I invite you to join me as I journey back to Spain.

Buen Camino!

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