Tips for Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Prior to my departure for Spain, I had seven years to research the Camino de Santiago. I read memoirs, practical guidebooks, cultural guides, and even art history guides. All of the books I own on the Camino have had at least one read through; some have had four or five. I became obsessed with knowing all I can about this dream adventure. Continue reading

Spain Part 15: Saying Goodbye to Santiago

Saturday, March 22, 2014: After seventeen days of being abroad, it was finally time for me to return to Toronto. I was excited to go home, but at the same time I felt a deep sense of sadness knowing I had to say goodbye. Continue reading

Spain Part 14: Turning 30 in the City of St. James

Thursday, March 20 to Friday, March 21, 2014: Dany and I arrived back in Santiago around mid-day. Our first order of business was to get our accommodations sorted out, so from the bus terminal we walked back to the old quarter so we could check into our lodgings. Continue reading

Spain Part 13: Santiago de Compostela

Monday, March 17, 2014: Waking up in Santiago that morning, I knew it was going to be a difficult day. The night before I was undecided about how I should spend the week before I flew home to Toronto, but that morning I knew my choices were limited. Continue reading

Spain Part 12: Monte de Gozo to Santiago de Compostela

Sunday, March 16, 2014: This was it. This was our last day of hiking. Today, I’d finally reach Santiago de Compostela, and tonight I’d be laying my head on a pillow somewhere within the city. Words can’t really define how I was feeling that morning, but once I was awake I was anxious to get a move on to start the short trek to Santiago. Continue reading

Spain Part 11: Salceda to Monte de Gozo

Saturday, March 15, 2014: I woke up this morning feeling like I was in a surreal dream. Seven years ago I discovered the Camino de Santiago and made a vow to myself that I’d hike it. Now I’m opening my eyes in Spain with only one more full day of hiking to go. Tomorrow, I’ll find myself walking into Santiago de Compostela, fulfilling my seven-year ambition. I still couldn’t believe that it was almost over. Continue reading

Spain Part 10: Melide to Salceda

camino06Friday, March 14, 2014: To start off our fourth day of hiking, I fell into a thorny bush. Shortly after leaving the municipal albergue in Melide, you pass a small pasture that’s home to a miniature pony. Me, being the sucker I am for animals, tried to reach the fence to give him an apple, not realizing that the bush I was leaning over hid a six foot drop. I ended up straddling a dirt ledge, with one leg dangling over the drop in the thorny bush. As I sat there, unsure of how to make my next move, the pony kept sticking his mouth through the holes in the fence trying to get at the apple that was still in my hand. Continue reading

Spain Part 9: Eirexe to Melide

camino07Thursday, March 13, 2014: Day three with the ladies proved to be very interesting, to say the least. I got lost then found again, we ate some octopus, then we all had a mishap in the showers that resulted in a new friend and wicked laughs over some beer to end the night. This day will forever remain in my memory as one of my favourites from the entire Camino. Continue reading

Spain Part 8: Portomarín to Eirexe

Wednesday, March 12, 2014: Our second day of hiking was to see us conquer somewhere around twenty-nine kilometers, with our end destination being Palas de Rei. To fuel up for the hours of walking to come, we began the day with our croissants and café in a restaurant located on the Camino within Portomarín. Continue reading

Spain Part 7: Sarria to Portomarín

14875_10152014969748873_1974693984_nTuesday, March 11, 2014: Our first day as a ‘team’ began with a typical pilgrim’s breakfast: huge croissants and café con leche. Despite only meeting the previous evening, the five of us quickly fell into a routine of sharing our meals, conferring over the route for the day, and snapping an endless amount of selfies. Continue reading