Day 26: “Flat” Hills, Celtic Ruins, and Disney Pilgrims

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 »

Day 25: No Sleep Till Santiago

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 »

Day 24: A Blessing in Disguise

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 »

Day 23: The Power of Silence

We have been walking for five days on the Camino and it is now Day 6 of walking. The day started off with a class trip to the pharmacy in Triacastela to get some much-needed supplies for our blisters, rashes, and aches. While half us of were in the pharmacy, the other half of us… Read more »

Day 22: Murder House or Summer Cottage?

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. “Invictus” by William Henley These were the final words of the poem that I read this morning, as today’s daily dose of vision quest. When it comes to my attitude about the Camino, they fairly accurately describe how I feel. I… Read more »

Day 21: It’s the Climb

Today was our fourth day on the Camino, and though our feet and legs still hurt we woke up early to hike up the mountain to reach O’Cebreiro. Today was the shortest day in length but was still very physically demanding. The mountain was very steep and we had to be careful with our footing,… Read more »

Day 20: You Take the High Road

Although we are only three days in, waking up on the Camino has become a familiar routine, and Sunday was no exception. After a night of sound sleeping, everyone was up early, with suitcases packed and feet bandaged, ready to hit the road again. A slight chill was still in the air as we went over directions,… Read more »

Day 19: “Roam Free”

Since we started the Camino yesterday, one or two students have read some inspirational or motivational words of wisdom in the form of a quote, poem, or anything else. This morning, after Elaine read a lengthy, spiritual, engaging poem, I shared a single sentence, text messaged to me by my twin brother back in Pennsylvania…. Read more »

Day 18: We Gotta Stick Together

With walking sticks in tow and promises to “stick” together, we set off on our first day of the Camino de Santiago into the unknown. Having recently written about our motivations for choosing to do this pilgrimage, many of us questioned whether this would be more of a physical journey (reaching Santiago) or a spiritual… Read more »

Day 17: El Camino’s Eve

‘Twas the night before the Camino, and all through our group, We were ready to walk, to gather the troops. I began in the morning with a run in León, Knowing that our time in the cities was gone. We had studied the Jews, we had studied the Moors; It was time for an adventure,… Read more »