My Travel Guide to the Camino de Santiago

502 miles, 47 days, and 25 blogs later, I present to you my travel guide to the Camino de Santiago. There are many routes to take to arrive at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the destination that hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have been walking to for over 1,000 years. I chose to walk the 482-mile Camino Francés from the border with France, across northern Spain. Then I chose to walk an additional 20 miles up the Atlantic coast in Spain on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía. I include links within each section of this travel guide to my Continue Reading →

My Book: Windows and Doors of the Camino de Santiago

Ultreïa et Suseïa. Onwards and Upwards. An exchange between pilgrims – one says “Ultreïa,” the other says “et Suseïa.” Encouraging each other to keep going, to walk further. In my interpretation, to keep moving forward, and to strive higher. In my new book, “Windows and Doors of the Camino de Santiago,” I talk about these great words, Ultreïa et Suseïa. I also have 285 pictures of the best of the best of the best of my 1,300 windows and doors photographs from my Camino de Santiago walks. Windows and doors are my favorite subject to photograph when I travel. In Continue Reading →

Souvenirs of the Camino de Santiago

I enjoy buying little trinkets when I travel. Small enough to fit in a backpack, without adding a lot of weight. Even when I used mochila transport services on the Camino de Santiago. These small chachkies are great ways for me to keep the memories alive as I display them around my house. On the Camino de Santiago, the scallop shell is a significant symbol. They say that the contours and features of the scallop shell represent the converging of people from all over the world, bound for a common destination, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Used as one Continue Reading →

Sellos, Credencials, and Compostelas on the Camino de Santiago

Compostela: The word derives from campo meaning “field,” and stella meaning “star,” and thus translates to “The Field of Stars.” Much like getting a diploma when you graduate school, once you reach the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, you can get your Compostela. Of course, there are no classes or tests to take, but you do still need to meet some minimum requirements. First, if you are walking on the Camino Francés, you need to have walked the last 100 kilometers/60 miles (staring in Sarria), or if traveling by bicycle or horseback, the last 200 kilometers/120 miles. You also need Continue Reading →

The Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela on the Camino de Santiago

After 482 miles/775 kilometers, 42 days, 2 blisters, 6 pairs of shoes, 4,800 pictures, 14 pounds in my backpack, 2 shirts, a sweater, rain gear, 2 pairs of pants, 4 pairs of socks, and a 1 ounce tube of toothpaste, I made it to the destination that hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have been walking to for over 1,000 years. The Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. My last day of walking the Camino Francés was only 6.5 miles by design. So that when I arrived at the Cathedral I could appreciate all that I have seen, experienced, eaten, and accomplished Continue Reading →