Month: August 2015

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The last few days have been awesome catching up with Jan in his motherland and closing this European summer chapter. Hamburg is a beautiful city, especially on a sunny day. The lake activity reminds me of New England in the summer with rowers, kayakers, sailboats, paddle boats, and ducks all sharing the water. Yesterday was […]
Family comes in many forms… I’ve been spent the last week in Ecija (southern Spain) and at the beach in Portugal with my Spanish family, enjoying the best of the Andalusian lifestyle: eating, joking, and siesta. I was fortunate to meet Carmen in a party of exchange students when I was studying abroad in Sevilla […]
I spent a couple days with Belen in Pamplona before we returned to our favorite albergue in Villarmentero.  It was weird to be on the Camino as a tourist instead of a pilgrim.  We spent much more time bonding with the unique characters of the 10-person village and exploring the beautiful mountains of Palencia with Guevara, Belen’s […]
After the festivities of Santiago, I headed to Basque Country for a few days in the beautiful cities of Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Hendaya (across the border in France).  I went to visit Emilie and Jaio, one of the girls on my Costa Rica tour, who grew up in Hendaya.  I’ve never been to this gorgeous […]
A common question on the Camino is: Why are you walking?  The official recordkeepers in Santiago even ask you whether you walked for religious or spiritual reasons when you get your certificate of completion. If I had to pick one, I´d say I was walking for spiritual reasons since I was searching for strength in a […]
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