I stumbled upon Jen’s Camino Journey a few months ago and I’m happy to see she is gearing up for another Camino. This time, it will be slow, and in reverse! That’s right, Jen’s taking a cue from the Slow Movement craze by doing a Slow Camino, with intentions to be more present, eat what the locals eat, and allow more time for reflection. Hopefully she’ll even do more sketches. I so admire people who can draw, paint or sketch the places that move them.
In a recent post, Doing a Slow Camino, Jen writes, “As convenient as our speedy culture is, the calling so many hear to walk the Camino may be connected to our collective disillusionment with the pace of our lives. We’re longing for something deeper than fast. And to get it, slowing down enough to walk across a country is one incredible solution. How slow do you want to go?”
I like the concept of a Slow Camino. What really intrigues me is that Jen is planning to walk the Camino in the opposite direction — from Finisterre, Spain where she ended in 2013 to her starting point in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France. That first Camino had such a profound impact on her that she’s been dreaming of returning to Spain ever since. As she says, “Jokes aside about trip hazards and wearing mirrors to see behind me, this second journey is a calling. Something bigger than me calls me eastward to discover what it would be like to walk as ancient pilgrims did, arriving at the end which was the beginning.” Learn more about this reverse Camino on her About page.
Jennifer Hofmann is a Weft Coast blogger, residing in Oregon— a place that I’d love to visit, especially after watching marathon episodes of the quirky sitcom Portlandia. She has started training hikes (Blisters! Already!) and will be sharing her progress soon. Follow along at jenscaminojourney.wordpress.com.
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