Day 23: Pilgrim’s Mass and Horseback Sass

Aaahh, another rest day for the Spain DOC, and this one even more well deserved than our last. Yesterday we passed the 100 kilometers to Santiago mark, and now we are more than halfway done with our Way. We slept in late this morning; catching up on some much needed sleep before heading to breakfast…. Read more »

Day 22: Professional Peregrinos

Day 22 began with the sounds of alarms ringing much too early, rousing me and my companions for our sixth day of walking the Camino de Santiago. This morning, the only thing keeping my aching legs and feet moving was the thought of the much-needed rest day we were to have tomorrow after completing one… Read more »

Day 21: Quiet Time on the Camino

Today was met with much anticipation. Halting breaths taken. Moments of self–doubt. Questions concerning how exactly this was going to work. Today was the long-awaited two–hour vow of silence day. The Honors DOC has known about this since we first learned about the Dialogue, but somehow it still seemed to sneak up on all of… Read more »

Day 20: Frosty the Pilgrim

Rain coats? Check. Hiking Shoes? Yup. Snow pants?? Excuse me?? Of all the things we were anticipating on this Honors DOC, we were all decidedly unprepared for the snow we experienced at the top of the mountain this morning. Manuel presented it to us in this way: “Good news: It is not raining. Bad news:… Read more »

Day 19: Emphasis on the Steep

Our daily itinerary described today’s 13.2 kilometer walk as a “relatively short, but steep day.” Emphasis on the steep. After donning our rain jackets, hiking shoes, and most importantly, our bright green garbage bag-covered backpacks, our group of eighteen courageous peregrinos sat down for a quick breakfast of coffee, fruit, toast, and a new treat-… Read more »

Day 18: The Rain in Spain Does Not Stay Mainly in the Plain

Our third day on the Camino de Santiago is only our second day walking. It seems the rain that settled over Villafranca del Bierzo yesterday has not abated, and possibly intensified throughout the night. Manuel recommends we take the route that sticks along the national road; the pass through the hills is more beautiful, he… Read more »

Day 17: Stopped Short

Pumped up after our first day on the Camino we had one of two mandatory rest days, this one in Villafranca. I love to hike and one day had only served to make me more anxious to continue; it was a bit frustrating to have to take a break so soon but hotel availability dictated… Read more »

Day 16: An Anticipated Journey

After two weeks of anticipation, today we finally began our Camino with our guide, Manuel. Our Camino began by getting our very first stamp from Cacabelos, Leon in our credentials (which we must show in Santiago to receive our certificates). Starting off, we knew we would have to walk just 9.5 kilometers to the town… Read more »

Day 15: Feeling Legit

After mastering our first course on Moorish Spain, Honors DOC was ready for our second course and the change of scenery from the South to the Camino de Santiago in the North of the country. After a two-hour train ride and a four-hour bus ride, we arrived in Cacabelos, Leon, our starting point on the… Read more »