Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

My 450 mile walk across Northern Spain following the Camino de Santiago Frances Trail.   The Camino taught me many lessons, some funny, some painful, and some blissful.  Get the 5 week play by play of what the trail was like, the lessons I learned, the people I met , as they happened in this long distance hiking story series.

“Most of this week I felt like a cartoon character – the one with the big cloud over my head with rain pouring down just on me. However, instead of one cloud following me wherever I went along the Camino, there were multiple clouds all lined up and circling like planes at O’Hare airport trying to get their ‘ok’ to land. I could see them all off in the distance eyeing me and sometimes even taunting me. I imagined Mother Nature with a headset on sitting up in the air traffic controller’s booth communicating with each rain cloud. One after the other would come in for a landing leaving me soaked, cold, and frustrated.”

In addition get your frequently asked questions answered in my FAQ post and an essential Camino de Santiago packing list based on what I took with me and what I wish I would have had!

See my Essential Camino de Santiago Packing List

Boots vs. Tennis shoes, rain gear needs (don’t forget your camera protection!), laundry supplies, the best ear plugs, and more. Before you go, make sure you have all of these items on my Camino de Santiago packing list!

If you are looking for more inspiration and information – here’s a few more places you can go for great information!

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Or simply follow my journey from the beginning and get answers to your most frequently asked questions below!

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The Essential Camino de Santiago Packing List

Posted by on May 9, 2017

camino de santiago questions

The Camino de Santiago is the ultimate epic hike.  It’s an ancient pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  There are dozens of routes that lead from all parts of Europe to Santiago de Compostela. However, the most popular route is the Way of Saint […]

Postcard from Astorga Spain

Posted by on May 14, 2012

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After a lovely break in Carrion de los Condes and getting treated to a scrumptious steak dinner from a retired doctor from Canada, things could only go downhill from there – and they did. Fast forward to me puking in a albergue toilet to begin week 3 of my Camino de Santiago journey . I […]

Postcard from Sarria Spain

Posted by on May 21, 2012

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“No one grows old by living, only by losing interest in living.” I left this quote along the trail to inspire others this week. Yet as I walked on through the week I realized that this was really the theme of my Camino week 4. I met an American man who was 80 years old […]

The Camino de Santiago’s Ugly Side

Posted by on May 25, 2012

The Camino de Santiago trail is gorgeous – but like any beautiful creature, it also has its ugly moments. It’s easy for you to sit and look at all of my Camino de Santiago photos and be swept up into the stunning landscapes and simplicity of life along the Camino; however, before you book your […]