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We arrived to Santiago on Oct 3- that’s 30 days after we started. I remember it being a bittersweet feeling (my journal confirms the usage of this word!). The sweet side being we actually did it. All those moments of doubt, despair, and wanting to throw in the towel but didn’t were over. The bitter part being…now what?? This walk was essentially what I had on my mind for endless day and now it’s over. Whenever I struggled I told [...]

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Stage 3: The Open Heart Let me tell you a story about David, a man I met on my way. I was about 5 km from the city Astorga when I came upon this stand on the path (in the middle of nowhere). There was a large shed, some comfortable seating areas, and a table filled with all sorts of healthy, natural juices, bread, fruits, and spreads. A man was running this show. His name was David. He wore no [...]

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Stage 2: The Unsettled Mind For me, about a week or two into the walk I made the transition to this phase. There were subtle signs at first but, they just got louder when left unanswered. “Why the hell did I sign up to do this?? I must be crazy! No one in their right mind would volunteer to be tortured as a ‘holiday’! Why am I here, Why am I here, Why am I here…?”  Reflection down the path [...]

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I’mmmm baaaack! Did you miss me? I’m happy to be back behind the computer screen to share my tales and lessons learned during our adventure!  The six weeks just flew by as we walked probably close to 1000km and seen 4 countries on the other side of the Atlantic! So just a recap…we initially went to France and Spain to complete the Camino de Santiago; an 800km quest through various terrains and temperatures. It was quite an experience filled with [...]

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Can you feel it in the air? I think it’s the winds of change… Not only am I talking about a new season approaching; there is change everywhere this last week. People are getting older…I mean wiser…myself included. Co-workers are walking through new doorways able to apply other skills that were patiently waiting to be used. Of course with the weather; we are trading later sunsets for shorter days and cooler evenings. Although, I am still particularly enjoying the continuation [...]

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The El Camino de Santiago…The Way of Saint James…synonyms for the same great journey. A 700 km hike across Northern France and Spain that hundreds of thousands of people have walked for centuries with the same purpose: faith. Faith in religion, faith in humanity, or faith in yourself (to be able to do it!); People have their own unique reasons for embarking on a trek this great! In 10 days, both Daniel and I will be able to call ourselves [...]

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