Whenever I talk to someone about what I do for a living, they say to me, "Oh, the Camino de Santiago. I want to walk that one day it's on my bucket list!"
Why is this pilgrimage on everyones bucket list?
There are many reasons. But I believe, one of the reasons is because it is a huge accomplishment and an opportunity for personal growth. It is a challenge for all who embark on it. Not everyone has time to do the complete Camino (33 days of walking) but that's okay. There are many paths, many distances and many opportunities to walk the Camino. Now a days there are lots of tour groups out there to help the pilgrim plan their Camino. You can walk it alone, walk it with a group, have someone plan it, plan it yourself, carry your pack or transfer your pack. It is your Camino so you do it the way thats best for you.
When you give yourself the gift of walking the Camino, you will be apart of history. You will walk where millions have walked before, where pilgrims have walked for centuries. You will see local villages, churches, beautiful parts of nature, experience silence and laughter, meet new friends and be apart of the incredible mix of people from all over the world. This experience will be your own. Take what you need and allow it to be your story.
So when you walk and cross it off your bucket list, will it be spiritual? emotional? or just an adventure?
No matter your reason, the Camino is calling and you must go!
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By: Mary Maddox
People walk the Camino de Santiago for many reasons. The Camino means different things to
different people. But one thing is the same for all pilgrims, it is a unique and one of a kind experience. It is a journey that enlightens and enriches your spirit.
Here are a few reasons people walk the Camino:
Spiritual and Self-Descovery:
It is on this pilgrimage, where you step away from your everyday lives. You leave your job, your concerns and give yourselves to God. It's on this pilgrimage, where you open your eyes, heart, and listen to the Word of God. In this place your journey progresses. The steps might not be easy, the path might be steep, but it is these steps on this path where you move towards God.
You are much stronger than you think you are. But you will never know that until you try something outside of your comfort zone. The Camino allows you to live outside your comfort zone. This Wayis a journey of self-discovery. Pushing you to your limits. Living day by day, step by step. As the journey continues, you will find yourself getting stronger physically and mentally. You will find self-awareness, self-reliance and the ability to trust.
Simply a vacation:
Vacations are about taking a breather from every day life. The Camino gives you that and more. The Camino is about getting back to basics and enjoying some of the most simple pleasures in life. It is about living in the moment. Enjoying the journey not just the destination.
Hiking and Exercise:
Just to walk. Walking and enjoying the outdoors. From the French Pyrenees to the lush hills and woodlands of Galicia, the Camino takes you across many different landscapes. If you can walk, you can do the Camino. The walking paths are well marked and most of them are suitable for all fitness levels.
Cultural, seeing the real Spain:
Along the Camino, you will walk through many cities, towns and villages. You will see beautiful churches, monuments and other cultural and historic landmarks, along this route which has been used for centuries. As you walk the Camino you will have the opportunity to sample the local cuisine. Each route and each region has its own traditional dishes. Take the time to try them all!
Are you ready?
Your fellow pilgrim, Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen