Even now, months later, I often find myself wondering when I will find myself in “The Eternal City” once again.
I spent 6 months in Trujillo, Peru working at Nisolo, a company with the mission to provide long-term, sustainable, and better-paying jobs to local shoemakers.
I would estimate that I unpacked my suitcase in 17 different Spanish cities, and many of the places we visited run together in my memories.
The DOC’s second to last day involved working, working and more working. On a positive note, this might be the only hotel that doesn’t hate us yet…probably because we didn’t leave our rooms all day. The night’s family dinner got a little sentimental when we realized that without our guide, there was only diecisiete of… Read more »
In the doorway of the Cathedral of Santiago, one of many statues stands out. Breaking statue tradition at the time, the figure representing the Prophet Daniel is grinning widely, while his companions stand beside him, stone-faced and stiff. Manuel tells us that, according to legend, Daniel is smiling because he has been placed facing a… Read more »
Today was the day. We rose with the sun to get a head start on our last 20 kilometers to Santiago. Everyone was brimming with excitement, but there was something else: a kind of somberness under the surface. This would be our last walk on the Camino that we grew to love. As the pilgrims… Read more »
Imagine yourself fast asleep, enjoying quiet dreams and a rested body. Now imagine the sound of three roosters competing with each other on who can “cock-a-doodle-doo” loudest at the crack of dawn. Now, being from Boston I am pretty used to the sound of jackhammers and sirens in the morning, but this was something else…. Read more »
On day 26 of our DOC, eight of us broke off from the group to venture on a sunrise hike. After a quick morning coffee and several slices of sponge cake, we took our packed lunches and set out at 6 AM. With two flashlights to guide us, we carefully navigated our way over a… Read more »
After hiking our longest distance of 26 kilometers yesterday, walking 14 kilometers felt like a leisurely stroll. Now that I’ve been on the Camino for the past 7 days, I no longer feel the ache in my quads or debilitating shortness of breath that made our first 20-odd kilometer hike particularly strenuous. Walking has become… Read more »
On the Camino, there are many slugs. You’re welcome, Colleen. … “Oh Camino you make me laugh but you can make me cry,” said the older woman as she struggled down the steep and rocky slope towards town. I think many of us have felt this way at some point along our journey but this… Read more »