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”
If you’ve been following my blog closely this past summer (especially my Instagram account), then you’ve probably noticed me talking a lot about Spain and this thing called “El Camino,” first featured in my post about bucket lists. But what is El Camino de Santiago, you may ask? Well, over the next few weeks, I’ll be dishing all the tea about this ancient pilgrimage here on the blog, discussing the facts, people, stories, and lessons I learned during the 500 mile trek my brother and I walked this past summer. Did our feet hurt? Why would we willingly do such a thing? What kind of food did we eat? I’m answering all of these questions and more in today’s post! Continue reading “El Camino de Santiago: The Facts”
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”