We’re walking the Camino de Santiago in June 2022. Come along with us!

24 Hours Away

It’s hard to believe that in less than 24 hours, Paula and I will be on a plane and off to Europe. Not without some trials on the homestretch. Many more documents than normal needed to be uploaded. I spent time on the phone with the Spanish Health Minister (it was probably some customer service rep, but I like to think it was the Minister him- or herself) and it was only Sunday evening that our final health document was approved for travel. International travel during the post-Covid era is no joke.

The trip? The Camino de Santiago, a religious pilgrimage to the perceived tomb of the apostle St. James in Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. This isn’t necessarily a religious trip for us. We aren’t Catholic; and, it being a Holy Year, our Methodist selves will definitely be in the religious minority. But our reasons for going? I can’t speak for Paula, but the Camino has been on my mind for quite a few years now. Yes, I saw the movie The Way, but was probably more inspired by another movie: Luis Buñuel’s bonkers La Voie Lactee (The Milky Way). Ultimately, I like to think I’m open to new experiences and continuing to learn wherever I go. The Camino is lousy with people in search of something, and I think I’m in search of them. Plus … real life will hit pretty hard in a few months when I turn 50. Maybe this is my midlife crisis, although 50 is generally well past the “mid” part of midlife.

We begin in León and we’ll go to Santiago de Compostela, after which we’ll head to the Atlantic Ocean and decompress for a couple days in Madrid before heading home. We’ll post periodically here, and share to our other social media platforms. Of course we’re going to do that; we’re a novelist and a former journalist. And once the Camino begins, we’ll be two pilgrims trying to find our way.

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