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El Camino de Santiago

My family have decided to walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St James, in September and October this year.

One of Christianity’s three great pilgrimages (the others being to Rome and Jerusalem respectively), this route has been walked by pilgrims for over a thousand years. Recent times have seen a strong revival of interest in this pilgrimage, not just amongst Christians but also the larger population.

There are a variety of routes that can be walked, all of which end at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella, in North-West Spain. The most common route, the Camino Francés, travels from the French border across Spain. As this full route takes some 4 or 5 weeks, we will be walking only the last 2 weeks thereof. Our itinerary covers a total distance of 257km, at an average of about 25km per day.

This will be my first long hike (although, given that one walks from village to village, and there are plenty of hostels, monastaries and refugios where pilgrims can find lodging and food, it is not too rough), and I am excited to do what will hopefully be a spiritually moving journey.

Image: Damian Corrigan

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