Category: Summer

El Camino de Santiago: The Untold Stories

Cruz de Fero, pilgrim, Camino de Santiago

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”

El Camino de Santiago: The People

camino de santiago, pilgrimage, spain, travel

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”

Spanish Travels: Day Trip to Montserrat

Spain, Barcelona, Catalonia, hiking

While road-tripping across Spain with my family this summer (a wild time, by the way—keep reading to find out more), we decided to take a half-day trip to Montserrat in Catalonia. A little more than an hour outside of Barcelona, Montserrat is a mountain range—literally meaning “serrated mountain”—that is rich with religious history and incredible views. Nestled in between these pillar-like rocks is a monastery and basilica, with the latter housing the famous 12th century Black Madonna statue, the patron saint of Catalonia. Today Montserrat is a sight for Catholic pilgrims and tourists alike—I mean, just look at these views! Continue reading “Spanish Travels: Day Trip to Montserrat”