Category: Spain

I spent the rest of my super gay summer in Berlin with quick stops in Brighton for Pride and Barcelona for Girlie Circuit, before returning to the States for my annual camping trip with Katie and of course, Burning Man. This is just a really quick Insta catch-up of the last couple months and also […]
After a dual-cultured, naturey, and food-filled time in the Alps of South Tyrol, I headed to Belen’s chalet, where I had a dual-cultured, naturey, and food-filled time in the mountains of Navarra.  I’m more of a sea level (or below sea level) island girl but have grown to appreciate the tranquility of the mountains…if only there […]
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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 […]
I’m sitting backward on a train headed out of Santiago, and it’s surreal that my Camino experience is over.  Maybe I’ll always be oriented towards Santiago. No more running into friends in random towns, no more knee wrap, no more pack weight loss fantasies, no more sleep-depriving snoring in crowded albergues, and no more crazy […]
It still hasn’t really sunk in that I’ve walked 800 km / 500 miles to arrive in Santiago yesterday. Woohoo! It’s so great to get here and see a lot of the friends I made along the way. If the Camino is a mini life, then Santiago is heaven where you get to reunite with […]
Quote from John Brierly, author of Camino guidebook/”the bible” The final section of the Camino from O Cebreiro to Santiago (~150 km) goes through rural Galicia. Lots of farmland, cute villages, cows, and cow dung everywhere. Jan grew up on a dairy farm and I’ve learned more about cows and hay vs straw than I […]

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