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Traveler, writer, anti-plastic crusader Journeying through grief and globe 🚎 Travel deeper 👣 Live greener 🌎 Dream bigger 💚 Life is too short to wait

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This is what you eat at the oldest restaurant in the whole dang world! #madrid #madridspain #madridespaña #travelmadrid #visitmadrid

I was starting to think I wouldn’t feel this way again. Then I saw him dancing barefoot in a mud puddle at sunrise in the middle-of-nowhere-Spain. ❤️ #lovestories #caminodesantiago #camino #pilgrimage #pilgrim #thewayofsaintjames #trek #saintjames #buencamino #pilgrims #theway #pilgrim #caminofrances #wayofstjames #stjamesway #camminodisantiago #travelspain #spaintravel _Captures #BeautifulDestinations #postcardsfromtheworld #wanderlust #travelstories #travelwithfriends #travelinspiration #SeeTheWorld #TravelTheWorld #WanderingSoul #TravelInspiration #WorldExplorer #worldtravellersconnect

A beautiful day on the Camino as we walk toward our first view of the coastline at Muxia (known as the death coast for its legends, shipwrecks, and ghosts)! 🥾 🥾 🥾 #caminodesantiago #camino #pilgrimage #pilgrim #thewayofsaintjames #trek #saintjames #buencamino #pilgrims #theway #pilgrim #caminofrances #wayofstjames #stjamesway #camminodisantiago #travelspain #spaintravel _Captures #BeautifulDestinations #postcardsfromtheworld #wanderlust #travelstories #travelwithfriends #travelinspiration #SeeTheWorld #TravelTheWorld #WanderingSoul #TravelInspiration #WorldExplorer #worldtravellersconnect #besteuropeplacez

If you have walked the Camino, you know this feeling. 😆 #spiritualdetour #caminodesantiago #camino #pilgrimage #pilgrim #thewayofsaintjames #trek #saintjames #buencamino #pilgrims #theway #pilgrim #caminofrances #wayofstjames #stjamesway #camminodisantiago #travelspain #spaintravel _Captures #BeautifulDestinations #postcardsfromtheworld #wanderlust #travelstories #travelwithfriends #travelinspiration #SeeTheWorld #TravelTheWorld #WanderingSoul

What a joy to welcome @jenniferdarlingretreatcatering into the square today. We are so proud of you! You can walk across Spain! You can do anything, darling. #caminodesantiago #camino #pilgrimage #pilgrim #thewayofsaintjames #trek #saintjames #buencamino #pilgrims #theway #pilgrim #caminofrances #wayofstjames #stjamesway #camminodisantiago #travelspain #spaintravel _Captures #BeautifulDestinations #postcardsfromtheworld #wanderlust #travelstories #travelwithfriends #travelinspiration #SeeTheWorld #TravelTheWorld #WanderingSoul #TravelInspiration #WorldExplorer #worldtravellersconnect #besteuropeplacez

In case you missed our joyful entrance to Santiago yesterday. 💃 I write this while sitting in the square, watching other pilgrims finish their journeys. Some journeys are long, 1,000 miles or more. Some are shorter, 100 kilometers. All are meaningful. I watched a couple who I briefly walked with arrive. When I offered to take their picture, they shared that they started their pilgrimage together ten years ago, walking in five different stages over that period. “So much has happened in those years,” they told me. Young people, young at heart, people in wheelchairs pulled by friends…the stories are endless. The destination the same. Buen camino. ❤️ #caminodesantiago #camino #pilgrimage #pilgrim #thewayofsaintjames #trek #saintjames #buencamino #pilgrims #theway #pilgrim #caminofrances #wayofstjames #stjamesway #camminodisantiago #travelspain #spaintravel _Captures #BeautifulDestinations #postcardsfromtheworld #wanderlust #travelstories #travelwithfriends #travelinspiration #SeeTheWorld #TravelTheWorld #WanderingSoul #TravelInspiration #WorldExplorer #worldtravellersconnect #besteuropeplacez

At this monumental step on the Camino de Santiago, I am compelled to send some love to my walking partner, my beacon of bad-assery, my sister in all ways but blood. ❤️ Three years ago, Lizz joined me on our first pilgrimage across Spain. She was worried she wouldn’t be able to keep up or that she wouldn’t be able to complete the full 500 miles (she did). 💪🏻 Today, she is the pace setter for our merry band of misfit pilgrims. We are lucky if we see even just a flash of her blue backpack way up ahead on the path. 😆 Endlessly proud of you @lizziewestie ! On to Santiago (and beyond)!! 📸 credit @robertosurbone #caminodesantiago #camino #pilgrimage #pilgrim #thewayofsaintjames #trek #saintjames #buencamino #pilgrims #theway #pilgrim #caminofrances #wayofstjames #stjamesway #camminodisantiago #travelspain #spaintravel _Captures #BeautifulDestinations #postcardsfromtheworld #wanderlust #travelstories #travelwithfriends #travelinspiration #SeeTheWorld #TravelTheWorld #WanderingSoul #TravelInspiration #WorldExplorer #worldtravellersconnect #besteuropeplacez

Remember that time we walked over a mountain @lizziewestie? 🗻 We have arrived in Nájera with “only” 360 miles to go to Santiago. We have bumps, bruises, and blisters, but we have seen so much beauty in both the people and the places we have discovered. ❤️ #caminodesantiago #camino #pilgrimage #pilgrim #thewayofsaintjames #trek #saintjames #buencamino #pilgrims #theway #pilgrim #caminofrances #wayofstjames #stjamesway #camminodisantiago #travelspain #spaintravel _Captures #BeautifulDestinations #postcardsfromtheworld #wanderlust #travelstories #travelwithfriends #travelinspiration #SeeTheWorld #TravelTheWorld #WanderingSoul #TravelInspiration #WorldExplorer #worldtravellersconnect #besteuropeplacez

A Camino de Santiago Vlog

My walking partner and I cover every aspect of walking the Camino from our nerves as we set out, to the blisters and pain along the way, to the shenanigans we got ourselves into, to the euphoric feeling of arriving in Santiago de Compostela 35 days and 500 miles later. We cover the body phase, the mental phase, the soul phase, and the shenanigans along the way. the body phase of the Camino de Santiago – and entering the mental phase. The Adorable Animals Along the Camino de Santiago Head back to my full and comprehensive Camino resource page for more on walking the Camino de Santiago.

Walking the Camino del Norte: Arriving in Santiago de Compostela

And then 10 kilometers outside of Santiago de Compostela, I set down my rock on a mile marker where no other burdens yet sat. Lizz and I both broke down a little as we neared the cathedral where all pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago end, swallowing back some tears as we realized that we had really done it. Arriving in Santiago marked the end of our physical journey, a 35-day pilgrimage along the Camino del Norte. A lot of pilgrims continue on past the cathedral and to Cape Finisterre (Fistera) where the “0” mile marker sits on the coastline, the very coastline that was believed to be the end of the world in medieval times.

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How Walking the Camino de Santiago Brought Me Home

In the days following Jeff’s death, I wandered about our Chicago apartment with its shelves lined with his books and its balcony overlooking the park where we once shared bottles of wine and plates of cheese during outdoor concerts. I quit my job, packed a suitcase and traveled the world for 18 months, through 22 countries, traversing 70,496 miles by way of 39 flights, 39 trains, nine buses, six cars, five ferries, — and one very long walk. At that time, I wasn’t religious, I didn’t even own a backpack, and I hadn’t camped or hiked in double-digit years. I don’t know when I will fall in love again, but I do know that walking the Camino de Santiago gave me the courage to come home and to take the first steps down a new path.

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