Words of wisdom

whimsicalvoice:

I am walking with my husband, he doesn’t know any Spanish or French so I taught him “where is my wife?”

- woman from northern germany

Day 8 of the camino

whimsicalvoice:

This week has proven to be a test in many ways, the test in pushing through physical pain, endurance of putting one foot in front of another for over 20k every day, listening to your body, learning your limits, when you need food or water or rest or just to keep moving forward. In its most simple form, it is about learning about your body on a more primal level… Then emotionally, coming to terms with your limits, being left to your feet and your thoughts… And relationships. I have met so many people, every day! People who have slipped me incredible words of wisdom, reflection, stories of heartache and hilarity, a smile, nod, or a heart warming ‘buen camino’! I’ve never dreamed to have met so many beautiful people from all over the world in such an atmosphere! You really get to know the people you walk with and have already met friends who i feel like I’ve known forever! All you have is time.

So as we begin the second week of this pilgrimage, feet covered in blisters, working hard to concentrate on walking through the sore muscles , feet and skin… And trusting that we will get to the next village and we will find a bed and bread and a quiet church or park to reflect in… coming to peace with the fact that all of this, this whole life we are living… It’s all happening as it should. And we are all moving forward as is natural and purposeful.

Onward and outward

THIS.

sesevillano:

No sabía yo que #ElCaminoDeSantiago pasaba por Benifaio (en Cercanías Renfe Benifaio-Almussafes)

sesevillano:

No sabía yo que #ElCaminoDeSantiago pasaba por Benifaio (en Cercanías Renfe Benifaio-Almussafes)

servingforward:

Camino de Santiago. Day 5: Pamplona to Puente la Reina.

servingforward:

Camino de Santiago. Day 5: Pamplona to Puente la Reina.

deathbydairy:

sorry just reminiscing about my summer in Spain :/ i really miss Spain  or maybe i just miss the people i was with while i was in Spain…

om-nashi:

The cathedral at night. Hell of a spot.

om-nashi:

The cathedral at night. Hell of a spot.

hearty stones.

goldiknocks:

i met with edith tonight. 

she is a friend of a friend and she walked the camino last fall. we talked in panera for over three hours about her experience on the trip and advice that she had for any young woman doing the journey alone. 

i had met edith once before. she came into my classroom in october to talk to my students about the camino. 

this conversation was different. 

i found myself sitting across from a near-stranger, both of us in tears, while she recounted her experience. 

the camino is a calling. she said. 

i told her the story of how one week ago i woke up in the middle of the night and thought, i’m just going to do it. something inside me knew the time was right and the next day i booked my flight to paris. 

while edith told me many things, she said the most important thing to do now is find my stone. when i arrive at cruce de ferro, i will leave my stone at the base of an iron cross with thousands of others that have been left by other pilgrims from their respective homelands. it is a symbol of humility, of prayer, of forgiveness, of you. 

as you prepare for your camino, she said, you need to find your stone. it will call to you and you’ll know it when you find it. put all of your insecurities and fears, worries and regrets into your stone. when you leave it at the cross, you’ll never look back. and that’s how i’ve lived my life since i’ve been home.

i arrived back at the treehouse from our meeting completely inspired. i sat down on my bed, computer in hand and looked out my window. i should water my plants, i thought. and there, in my window box, was my stone. it was given to me a long time ago and is a prefect representation of who i am and what i need to leave behind. 

i’ll give a piece of my heart to the camino. 

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pinerhymes:

This last fall, my friend who was studying abroad in England took a journey on the Camino de Santiago across France and Spain.

He shot and edited this video of his trek and the cinematography is amazing.

Goosebumps, faster heartbeats, and tears. Wow, what an awesome video.

kalmuka:

Ma

Today

kalmuka:

Ma

Today

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darioalvarez:

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heidepilger:

Ein paar Impressionen von der Pyrenäen-Etappe.

Wanderlust

shelblue:

Sooner rather than later, I’m determined to hike Camino de Santiago.

I’m ready to quit my job and hop on a plane. Finally, I feel secure in my funds. I’m ready. I’m anxious, because I’m so desperate to make plans.

The downside? All of my friends are broke and I only know like, two people that even have a desire to travel.

http://elcaminodesantiago.tumblr.com/post/5663389885

Going solo is the best way to go.

heidepilger:

Kleiner Eindruck der heutigen Etappe! Mann, ist Nordspanien grün!!!

tarat76:

Day 36: Sarria to Portomarín, 13 miles of sunshine & Becci’s first day

Soon to reach Santiago. Goosebumps.