The world may still be in turmoil but here in Santiago all is calm and all is bright with the lights of Christmas. Pour a drink, turn up the sound and enjoy. You may see people you know! With love from Santiago, Christmas 2020
If you wanted to walk this year but couldn’t your prayers arrived in Santiago today… Johnnie and Stephen ended their journey by laying your Thoughts, Intentions, Hopes and Prayers at the Tomb of Saint James. Here are their final reflections on this very special Camino… “Hello everyone. This is Stephen and John speaking to youContinue reading “THE CAMINO TURNS BROKENNESS INTO BEAUTY”
O Cebreiro – Triacastela – Sarria – Portomarín – Palas de Rei – Arzúa This has been a wonderful pilgrimage. All the more so because it had the purpose of walking on behalf of those who couldn’t this year. The prayers, hopes, wishes and intentions which have been emailed to us have provided much foodContinue reading “FROM ARZÚA WITH LOVE”
León – Villavante (by walkers’ Route ) – Hospital de Órbigo – Villares de Órbigo – Astorga – Rabanal del Camino – Ponferrada – Villafranca del Bierzo – O Cebreiro Dear Amigos, the three most important pieces of advice I’d give to anyone thinking about walking the Camino are: Travel light Go slowly Learn someContinue reading “LIFE IN SLOW MOTION ON THE CAMINO FRANCÉS”
A poignant moment as Johnnie and Stephen reach the Cruz de Fierro and leave their special cargo – the electronic pebble containing all the Prayers, Intentions and Wishes of the pilgrims that have emailed – at the base of the Iron Cross.
On the eve of the ascent up to Cruz de Fierro, John chats with Father Javier of the Benedictine Monastery in Rabanal del Camino.
Calzadilla de la Cueza – Sahagún – El Burgo Ranero – Mansilla de las Mulas – León As soon as we arrived at the Albergue/Hostal Camino Real in Calzadilla de la Cueza it was obvious from the shrieking from the swimming pool that there were other pilgrims around, although as usual we hadn’t met manyContinue reading “THE CAMINO IS ALIVE, FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN TO ITS SETTING”
Over 300 pilgrims have entrusted us with their prayers, hopes and thoughts for others. This precious cargo is the reason we walk – as well as to tell you about our Camino. Pilgrims walk and pilgrims pray. It’s what we do. We invite those who don’t pray to reflect on the prayers of others andContinue reading “PILGRIM PRAYERS – YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE”
Castrojeriz – Frómista – Carrion de los Condes – Calzadilla de la Cueza We all had dinner together in Castrojeriz. The two Spaniards were there with the English couple who live in New York, the lass from Canada and the young man from Germany. And the two auld Scots. This was to be our lastContinue reading “THE CAMINO SPEAKS”
In Frómista, Johnnie chats with Rubén (València) and Daniel (Andalucía), good friends and walking companions. They explain the reasons why they are on the Camino at this time, their experiences so far and their observations regarding safety “Along The Way”.