Struggling ON The Camino or In Life II:

I originally wrote this a few years ago for others who were struggling on the Camino. However, a few weeks from my own 69th Birthday, I am recovering from a second hip replacement in the past 15 months. The first in December 2022 and the second this past October. Up until the a few years …

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Best Walking With Rhino Experience In Africa:

There may be others, but I had the good fortune of walking with rhinos in 3 different African countries; Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Uganda. Which one was best? For me they were all tremendous experiences and of course you are in nature so a visit today could be very different from one tomorrow. I will try …

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Ever wonder what it would be like to attend a primary/elementary school in Africa:

I did and recently visited one in Uganda. Traveling through Africa one can’t help noticing how difficult it can be to eke out a living here. But what about the children. My friend Simon took Mika and I to Tenda Primary School which has an enrollment of 400 kids; attending preschool through 6th grade. To …

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A One Year Pilgrimage to The Roots of Christianity In Israel, Armenia, Georgia, and Ethiopia:

Early 2024 is a time of reflection for us. Mika and I ended 2023 in Ethiopia on pilgrimage to the holy city of Lalibela. After so many pilgrimages over the past 10 years around the globe our path had led us here to the highlands of Ethiopia, where at 2300 meters elevation, lies a “New …

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Which Camino Should I Walk After Frances?

If you have walked the Camino Frances and dream of a repeat, it is certainly a viable option to walk Frances again. Why it is the best of the Caminos is explained at Why Frances Is The Best Camino. That said, if you are feeling a desire for something different, there are 17 alternative Caminos …

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The African Mukuba Express; The Twilight Zone Train:

7 Years ago I traveled on The Mukuba Express Train which originates in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and ends in Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia. The 1,860 kilometer epic train journey traverses through Game Parks, forests, mountains, and scores of small villages with waving kids. However, because of a commitment to visit Ndi Moyo Hospice in Salina, …

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Walking The Jesus Trail In Israel. How The Jesus Trail Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

After walking various Caminos de Santiago, some pilgrims start to look beyond Spain and Europe for alternative pilgrimages. After Santiago, there is Rome and Jerusalem that round out the big 3 Christian pilgrimages. However walking to Jerusalem is problematic with the war in Syria and closed borders. However, for pilgrims that are looking for something …

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Lalibela, Ethiopia Pilgrimage. Church of St. Nakutalaab:

Early morning a bit after 7 we drove up the mountain and walked the final kilometer to Church of St. Nakutallab, a nephew of King/St. Lalibela, for his feast day celebration. We passed hundreds of the faithful, most clad in white, coming and going to the Church carved out of a mountain cave. Tade, our …

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It’s A Small World. Nepal to Ethiopia:

Traveling around the globe 2013 to 2020 was a magical time and there were more than a few times where I had an unexpected encounter with friends or acquaintances who I knew from places far away. Sadly, I don’t think it has occurred since Covid started. I am hoping today is the first of many …

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How The Camino Portuguese Is Different From the Camino Frances:

The Camino Portuguese is a 620 km. pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela beginning from the Cathedral in Lisbon. Of course you can start wherever you choose. Most begin in Porto making it a 240 km. journey. 100 km.ers have the option of starting in Tui or the more accessible Vigo. One can also start south …

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8 Alternatives to Walking The Camino de Santiago From Sarria:

With record numbers this year on the Camino, pilgrims are seeking alternatives to the Camino Frances. Be aware the headcount rises dramatically upon reaching Sarria. The good news is there are plenty of alternatives. In fact, 8 other Caminos with each offering a great Camino experience. Starting your Camino from Sarria can still be a …

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Which Nepal Trek is Best?

And other advice; When to go, what to pack, solo or with porter or group, books to read. Everybody is different and this may be a once in a lifetime trip so choosing wisely is important. Some trekkers have their hearts set on walking to Everest Base Camp in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary …

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How The Way of St. Francis (Via Francesco) Is Different From The Camino de Santiago

Having walked a good many pilgrimages around the world, I would highly recommend the Via Francesco (Way of St. Francis) to pilgrims seeking a pilgrimage beyond the Camino de Santiago. Especially for Christians and those that feel a connection to St. Francis. Here is why: How The Way of St. Francis is Different From The …

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special Moment On The Camino:

An Unexpected Encounter from: IT’S A LONG WAY FROM TIPPERARY TO SANTIAGO. Day 140 Baimorto, Galicia. October, 2018. 10 days ago I was spending the night at La Ferraire Albergue and the owner/hospitalero Sergio and I had several conversations about various aspects of The Camino and we seemed to agree on everything. In fact it …

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How The Camino de Faros Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

The Camino de Faros is a 200 kilometer Way along Galicia’s Costa de Morte (Coast of Death), named after the 8 shipwrecks with 245 lost lives in the late 19th Century and early part of the 20th. After walking most of the Caminos, this one has to rival any for beauty especially if one likes …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 5 Arou to Camariñas:

Wow. What a spectacular and yet easier walk of 24K with a fair amount being flatter than usual. A gorgeous sunset starting out of Arou and then some beautiful deserted beaches and rocky mountains. This being The Coast of Death, I came across The English Cemetery, burial grounds for the victims of the Shipwreck of …

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How A Nepal Trek Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

1. Nepal vs. Spain. Spain is in Europe and Nepal is in South Central Asia. Spain has a long coastline on the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Nepal is landlocked in the Himalayas Region. Nepal is one of the poorer countries in the world with a per capita annual income of $1,084. Nepal is mostly a rural …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 4 Laxe to Arou:

Day 4 Laxe to Arou. A relatively easier day today with the shortest stage of this Camino at 18K. Though still challenging with lots of ups and downs. A beautiful quiet day seeing not a soul until Camelle just a couple K before Arou. Just birds, a few snakes, the wind and the frequent roar …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 3 Ponteceso to Laxe:

Walking out of Ponteceso early just after 7 it was a quiet and flat walk along the waterfront before eventually for the first and only part of this Camino leaving the sea to walk inland. The path veered inland through pine and eucalyptus forest following a gently flowing creek. After the 2 previous days of …

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