Category: Travel

Weekly Recap #5, 2021

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The weeks are flying by so quickly! I already took my first midterm exam earlier today (on a Saturday—rough, I know), and I have another one on Tuesday. I love the quarter system for so many reasons, but sometimes I wish it went by a little slower. This past week was full of schoolwork and note-taking, but I managed to squeeze in a lot of fun, too (and some cute outfits, of course!). Continue reading “Weekly Recap #5, 2021”

El Camino de Santiago: One Year Later

Spanish sunrise, pilgrimage, Camino de Santiago

One year ago today my brother and I were hiking 18.32 miles from Villafranca de Bierzo to Laguna del Castilla in Spain. 43,336 steps, give or take. We started early in the morning, before sunrise, with lights strapped to our heads as we walked along the Spanish highway through the pouring rain. It remained raining most of the day, as we passed through several villages and fellow pilgrims passed us. At one point we heard a very loud and unrecognizable noise above the sound of the rainfall, only to realize it was a honking donkey strutting by. And I can only imagine that at some point during our walk, my brother and I got into a spat about something silly, like that he was talking too much or that he ate more than his fair share of tortilla. After a slippery incline at the end of the cold, fall-like day, we finally arrived at our tiny town—no more than a single hostel and a restaurant—before settling in for the night, watching the movie Twister in Spanish as it played on the restaurant’s TV. Continue reading “El Camino de Santiago: One Year Later”

El Camino de Santiago: The Lessons Learned

Camino de Santiago, Spain, pilgrimage

In honor of Thanksgiving on Thursday, I decided to start the week with my fourth and final Camino de Santiago post about the lessons I learned, since I am unbelievably grateful for having had the incredible opportunity of hiking across Spain. However, truth be told, I’ve been dreading writing this post. I think part of the reason is that I feel a certain pressure to share something profound with you. The other part has to do with fearing the end of my Camino journey—by publishing this final post, I somehow feel like I am done telling my story. But I’m not ready for that yet. Continue reading “El Camino de Santiago: The Lessons Learned”