History of the Camino
El Camino de Santiago (‘The Camino’) is a thousand year old spiritual-religious pilgrimage. In the Middle Ages, an average of 500,000 pilgrims trekked from all over Europe to Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain. Legend holds that Jesus’ close disciple, James the Greater, is buried in the great Gothic Cathedral there. The majority of medieval pilgrims were indigent and illiterate; this was the one great journey of their life. Many perished along the way.
“I’m American to the core. So please forgive me if I say some foolish things when I’m overseas. It’s my birthright.”
“In spite of their Gallic annoyances, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the French are a little bit special.”
“I didn’t have a martyr’s complex. Bleeding myself, or otherwise inducing suffering, was not for this particular pilgrim. Vomiting would have to do as my Camino sacrifice.”"This woman’s humiliating putdown of my adolescent humor was to be the source of my greatest epiphany of the pilgrimage. El Camino de Santiago is not the European Divorcee Trail, after all.”
“The great irony–the profoundly happy fact–is that a difficult journey on foot narrows our options greatly, yet somehow enlarges us at the same time. Perhaps it even holds out the possibility of bringing us just a little bit closer to God.”