My flight from Chicago arrived in Beijing International Airport on January 11, 2015 as the sun was starting to set. By the time I arrived at the school in the urban-rural fringe zone in Daxing District it was already dark.
It was in that moment that I realized that despite the different languages we spoke and the short amount of time spent together, we were still able to make meaningful relationships.
It was easy to believe that we weren’t really getting ready to depart as we sleepily climbed out of the beds we had fallen into just hours before (a last minute attempt on our parts to spend more time together). We were used to being tired, to packing our suitcases in a daze, managing once… Read more »
Here we are again, the final day of our Dialogue. A day full of intense concentration, writing, and tears as we all grudgingly write the final paper that marks not only the end of our course on pilgrimage, but our time together in Spain. Our final papers act as reflections of our time on… Read more »
Today is the day. It’s the day we have been waiting for, the day we have been moving towards for 11 days now. 150 miles later, today is the day we arrive in Santiago de Compostela, finishing the Camino. We woke up at 5:15 to start walking at 6. Our “Sunrise Walk” would allow us… Read more »
Do we have one day more or two? Right before dinner tonight I was talking to three women from Texas and they were taken by surprise on how little time we were spending in Santiago. One said she needed more time than that to readjust to the “real” world. The Camino has definitely been like a trip… Read more »
Manuel, our guide, is fluent in English and 5 other languages. And yet, today, on our longest walk thus far, it was clear that there are several Manuelisms that simply don’t translate. For example: “it’s mostly flat”, which he assured us as we began our ten-hour trek this morning. Yes, this is relative, as he… Read more »
Before leaving for our 15 miles of walking today, Manuel informed us that today’s walk would be “flat.” Looking forward to not having to climb hills, we were surprised with a fairly steep hill not long after setting out and many other hills as we continued along. It seems that in the mountainous region of… Read more »
In an effort to replicate an authentic pilgrim experience, we start and end everyday on the Camino the same way: by sleeping. Our one rest day was no exception. Sleeping is my absolute favorite activity, as anyone in our group can tell you, so I decided to dedicate my blog post to it. Today, since… Read more »
Today started with a walk up a hill shrouded in morning mist, at the top of which stood an old church surrounded by a burial ground. This cemetery was unique to this region in that it was built as a wall, with slots carved into the wall for caskets. While the infinitely knowledgeable Manuel explained… Read more »