Have you heard Instagram’s big news?? The Facebook-owned company is considering removing the ‘like’ counting feature in an effort to decrease the competitiveness and negative mental health effects of their platform. They’ve already been running ‘like’-free trials in other countries, like Canada and Japan, and now select U.S. users will experience an Instagram world without ‘likes’ as well (how these “select users” are determined remains a mystery, however, as articles are very vague about this aspect of Instagram’s plan). To be clear, this doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be able to ‘like’ your favorite photos, or even check how many ‘likes’ your own photos receive. It simply means others won’t be able to see that little black number (or if you’re lucky, big number) beneath each of your photos. Continue reading “So Long, Instagram ‘Like’ Feature”
Today I’m sharing the third post in my Camino series, telling a few of the heartfelt and funny stories from throughout my journey. These are some of my go-to anecdotes when people ask me about my trip abroad! If you missed the first two posts, you can read about what the Camino de Santiago is and read about the people I met. I tried to limit each vignette to 200 words but, uh, y’all know how verbose I can be—I think each one got slightly longer. What can I say, you just can’t put a word cap on the Camino! Anyway, I hope you enjoy… Continue reading “El Camino de Santiago: The Untold Stories”
When I first felt this itch inside to walk El Camino de Santiago, one of the biggest reasons I wanted to embark on the journey was for the people. All the pilgrims I knew who had come before me told me that the friends you make and the deep bonds you create with the walkers around you—from all walks of life—were incredible. Surprise surprise, they were right. I didn’t know what exactly the social landscape would look like, but I knew I was starved to learn from and be influenced by other cultures. What would my fellow pilgrims and I talk about? Would they speak English? What if I say something wildly inappropriate for their culture? Like I learned to do many times over on the Camino, I hung up my fears and left them behind, along with extra clothing items—they were just too heavy to carry.
In today’s post, I outline some of the relationships I made and share what it means to be part of the pilgrim community, the Camino Family. I hope you enjoy it! If you missed the first post in this series, where I explain exactly what El Camino de Santiago is and why I walked it, you can click here. Continue reading “El Camino de Santiago: The People”