Hola amigos, I'm off for another walk, wandering in Spain and Portugal. Join me as I recap 2016 and 2017, as I'm almost out the door for 2018 on the Camino. Ultreia.
A year ago today, we began our hike over the Pyrenees from France to Spain. Everything would be a surprise, from weather, how heavy exactly is a full pack, what we think is necessary in our day to day lives, our own stamina, physical and emotional, our ability to walk in heat or rain and … Continue reading A Camino Anniversary
Afterword: Comfort Zone Revisited 2017Placerville, CAPlacerville, CAI stood in Praza do Obradoiro with the Cathedral Santiago in the background, my trekking poles high above, reaching for the heavens in a V for victory. This was the final celebration of the summer of my 70th birthday in 2016. I had walked on the Camino de Santiago … Continue reading Afterword: Comfort Zone Revisited 2017
Walking the Way to Santiago: a poem Placerville, CA Placerville, CA WALKING THE WAY TO SANTIAGO Irene Lipshin 2017 "…doors open to all, well and ill, not only to Catholics, but to pagans, Jews and heretics, the idler and the vagabond…the good and the wicked." Thirteenth century poet praising the Roncesvalles pilgrim hostel in … Continue reading Walking the Way to Santiago: a poem
Re-entry Day Placerville, CA Placerville, CA Yesterday my entire travel day was a 10 out of 10. All schedules were on time, no glitches, seats were good, I never waited impatiently. On my second flight from Charlotte to Sacramento, an on-time five-hour trek, after nine hours flying from Madrid to Charlotte, I watched a … Continue reading Re-entry Day
Another Camino Lesson in Madrid Madrid, Spain Madrid, Spain Today is my last day in the Madrid City Center. I'm leaving tomorrow, so will stay close to the airport tonight. I walked a Km to Aeropuerto Autobus, asked and finally found the stop in La Plaza de Cibeles. I arrived at the Madrid Aeropuerto … Continue reading Another Camino Lesson in Madrid
The Camino Provides in Madrid: A Second Chance Day Madrid, Spain Madrid, Spain What is a surprise, but the unexpected? I awoke this morning, hoping I would find a quieter and more soulful walk, an extension of my Camino, in the green spaces of my Madrid map. I also vowed not to stay in … Continue reading The Camino Provides in Madrid: A Second Chance Day