This blog is focused on all the great things about the Camino de Santiago, and keeping the spirit of the Camino alive in our everyday lives. My mission is to celebrate the Camino de Santiago and the pilgrim’s journey, from the calling to Compostela and beyond. I do this by sharing informative tips on training, gear, and routes; by promoting Camino-related events in the Bay Area; by interviewing pilgrims and sharing inspiring stories; and by curating content relevant to the Camino.
So far, I have walked five Caminos: Portugués, Inglés, Primitivo, Invierno, and Portugues Coastal Spiritual Variant. I intend to walk different Caminos and volunteer as a Hospitalera in the coming years.
Pilgrims carry a credential passport to collect sellos (stamps), which we then show at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago to receive a compostela (certificate of completion). More than just a piece of paper, the Camino has provided me with new friends from around the world, a more meaningful way to travel, and memories to last a lifetime.
During the planning phases of my Camino journeys, I’ll share tips, recommended readings, films, pilgrim interviews, gear reviews, videos, and my favorite Camino blogs. After completing my Caminos, I use this blog to post my route reports, complete with photos, videos, and helpful tips for pilgrims. As a chapter coordinator for the Northern California Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC), I help promote Bay Area Camino events, organize presentations, and contribute articles for APOC’s newsletter.
A pilgrimage of this magnitude doesn’t start when you take your first step on tierra firme in Spain; it begins when the Camino calls you and you can no longer ignore the dream. For many people, the Camino is transformative and doesn’t end when they reach Santiago. It endures beyond the physical journey and extends into their daily lifestyle.
I look forward to sharing my Camino experiences with you and hearing about yours. I welcome your perspective and guest posts about how the Camino has provided for you. To do that, please use the form below or email me at email@example.com.
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My Camino routes/plans
- May 2016 Camino Portugués from Ponte de Lima to Santiago (150 km.)
- June 2017 Camino Inglés from Ferrol to Santiago (approx. 110 km.)
- June 2018 Camino Primitivo from Oviedo to Santiago (approx. 320 km.)
- May 2019 Camino Invierno from Ponferrada to Santiago (approx. 275 km.)
Caminos I’d like to walk, in no particular order:
- Finisterre / Muxia
- Camino Francés
- Via de la Plata
- Camino Portugués Coastal
- Camino del Norte
- Camino de Madrid