Welcome to Walking the Camino
First, a little about me and why I started this blog:
In a four-month span in 2009, I was laid off from my job, underwent knee surgery, and lost my father. Needing time to heal both emotionally and physically I escaped to Spain, embarking on a 500-mile pilgrimage known as El Camino de Santiago – walking the entire route (almost) barefoot.
But that’s merely what led me to the Camino. This blog is more about you.
Walking the Camino‘s goal is threefold:
1) Spread the word about the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The Camino is an unparalleled traveling opportunity: safe yet adventurous, thrifty yet fulfilling, foreign yet accessible. So why didn’t I hear about it until I was 25 years old? It’s practically a crime how few Americans know about this amazing pilgrimage. There are many great Camino resources out there (caminodesantiago.me.uk, santiago-compostela.net, caminodesantiago.me/board), and I hope to put my own unique spin on the experience.
2) Provide helpful information on how to make your pilgrimage both easier, and more experimental. This will include everything from packing lists to more experimental suggestions such as, you guessed it, walking as close to barefoot as possible.
3) Shamelessly promote my Camino memoir/guidebook Walking: It’s Like Riding A Bike. Okay, so this part of the blog is more about me. My book will contain everything this blog hopes to offer as well as a more personal look at my day-to-day adventures along the Camino. Through my experiences I hope you will gain the confidence to know that you too can walk across an entire country, and that it’ll be ridiculously fun and rewarding to do so. I’m currently about halfway done with the first draft of the book, and frantically looking for unsuspecting agents/publishers to pounce on and harangue until they fall in love with my book proposal.
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