¡Feliz verano! I recently returned from an epic 40-day journey in Europe. I wanted to do something special for my 50th year, and this three-part trip is what I came up with. First, my mom and I enjoyed our 8th annual mother-daughter trip; this time we chose a tour of Sicily and Malta. Second, I had a free week before meeting up with my Camino buddies in Oviedo, so I visited Rennie & Maggie Archibald, Bay Area friends who retired in Ponferrada, Spain. I also served as a part-time Hospitalera and taught yoga for pilgrims at the Albergue San Nicolás de Flüe. And last, but certainly not least, I spent two weeks walking the Camino Primitivo with a wonderful group of pilgrims from Malta.
In a scallop shell (pun intended!), it was all amazing, and I have returned with a renewed sense of gratitude, faith, love, and awe. It has been said, and I believe it to be true, the Camino doesn’t end when you reach Santiago. It’s the internal Camino that sparks a fire that leads to transformation, often when one returns home. This is what keeps us pilgrims going on our life’s journey. And returning to Spain for more Caminos! Much of my Camino experience is personal and takes time for me to process. And while I didn’t exactly do a complete digital detox on the Camino, I did unplug and enjoy the experience. I am now sharing a few highlights on my Instagram and Facebook accounts while sorting through my photos and travel journal. This page will include a thorough route report like I have done for my previous Caminos, the Portugués and Inglés. For now, here are the stages with links to the tracked 3-D route videos and accommodations.
Camino Primitivo 2018 Stages:
Pre-Camino Stay in Oviedo, May 25 & 26:
Hotel Ovetense (double room + breakfast)
Day 10, June 5: Lugo to Ferreira 31 km (19 miles) I skipped this stage so I could explore Lugo instead (6 km). Click here to see the Lugo walls hike video.
Albergue A Nave Ferreira (double room + paella dinner & breakfast)
Special thanks to the peregrinos from Malta—David, Ivan, James, Joe, John, and Roberto—who provided some of the photos featured in the videos! Follow this blog to get notified when I roll out my daily Camino Primitivo posts. And feel free to ask me any questions about this or my previous Caminos. I’m here to serve pilgrims, so don’t be shy. 🙂