Day 26: Here Comes the Sun

Today, on our second-to-last day of walking, we had an unusually early start. We decided to leave the hotel at 6:15 AM so that we could start our walk in the dark and see the sunrise. You would think that after many days on the Camino with little sleep, the last thing we would want… Read more »

Day 25: Old St. James, He Had a Farm

Usually on the Camino, we hit lunch with only one leg left in our day’s journey. Today we hit it just a little over halfway, having already legged about sixteen kilometers in the early-morning-fog-turned-sweltering-heat. This restaurant had some of the typical Spanish menu items: chorizo, cheeses, St. James cake, empanada (my choice), eggs. And then… Read more »

Day 24: The Goddamn Spanish Bread

“I didn’t expect the Camino to be this hard!” says Kayla, flopping onto her bed in exasperation and exhaustion. “I blame it on the bread,” she yells. “It’s the goddamn Spanish bread!” Indeed, pain and suffering are real factors on the Camino. We were not expecting this. We are a young, fit, adventurous crew of… Read more »

Day 23: Rest Day, Best Day

Today was our rest day. After days of walking impossibly long distances, after dozens of blisters, and after lots of hills, we finally get a day to sleep in, sit down, and do anything except walk. We’ve had such a packed schedule for the past few days, from waking up early to walking for six… Read more »

Day 22: One Day More (Until Rest Day)

Today as we dragged ourselves out of our hotel in Sarria, our weary pilgrim feet were motivated by the fact that only 22 kilometers lay between us and a much-anticipated rest day in Portomarin. Now embarking on our seventh day of this crazy adventure called the Camino, we were all eager for a blissful thirty-six… Read more »

Day 21: The Road Less Traveled

By this point, our sixth day of walking the Camino, we understand the drill: wake up, eat as many pieces of toast as is physically possible, walk a few kilometers, stop and eat ham and cheese and maybe some cabbage soup, walk a few more kilometers, stop at the hotel, read an article, talk about… Read more »

Day 20: Through the Fog

With breakfast 30 minutes later than usual, we were all looking forward to a little extra rest this morning. Unfortunately, 30 minutes was not enough to compensate for the fatigue that accompanies walking, so we still woke up groggily. Battling the fog shrouding our brains, we haphazardly crammed our belongings into suitcases before heading down… Read more »

Day 19: Butterfly Blessings

Today was the day I think I had dreaded most. We were walking only fifteen kilometers; however, it was going to be entirely uphill. Or up a mountain, to be precise. I had already gained some lovely blisters on my feet from the previous days on the Camino (including some under my toenails, don’t ask… Read more »

Day 18: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Fashion

You may have heard that Paris is the fashion capital of Europe, but whoever said that has never witnessed the living runway passing through Northern Spain each year. This parade of fashion’s most forward-thinking participants embodies the growing eclectic clothing movement. These modern style gurus can be found by looking for this season’s hottest trend,… Read more »

Day 17: A Day of Many Firsts

After feeling fresh after just one day of hiking, we thought to ourselves “The next twelve days won’t be too bad!” But as the day went on, that thought slowly disappeared while soreness, pain, and blisters tormented us for a long duration of the walk. When we first got to the hotel, we immediately ripped… Read more »