Camino de Santiago

One of the 3 big pilgrimages in Christiandom along with Rome and Jerusalem. For over a thousand years pilgrims have been walking from all parts of Europe to Santiago de Compostela where the bones of St. James lie in Cathedral de Santiago.

A Christian Pilgrimage In Japan?

Mika and I are two of the many pilgrims traveling to Japan to walk the Shinto Kumano Kodo and The 88  Buddhist Temple Pilgrimages. However, we learned of a Christian Pilgrimage in and around Nagasaki. Having some time after completing The Kumano Kodo and the 88 Temple, we decided to travel to Nagasaki and check …

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Sacrilege On The Camino:

First let me provide a definition of “sacrilege”: Pretty bad stuff right. Well here is what happened a few nights back on the Camino in Pimbo, France about 138K from St. Jean Pied-de-Port. I was staying at the communal Gite there but found out they surprisingly did not include wine with the evening meal. So …

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How The Kumano Kodo Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

After walking the Camino de Santiago many times via multiple routes I walked the Kumano Kodo.  They are the only two UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrimages on the planet. Many pilgrims aim for a Dual Pilgrim Certificate which can be earned after walking both pilgrimages. Both have religious significance as well as spiritual and healing powers …

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Everything You Need To Know About The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage and Earning a Dual Pilgrim Certificate:

The Camino de Santiago and Japan’s Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage are the only two World Heritage Pilgrimage Sites. Earning the Dual Pilgrim Certificate upon completion of the two pilgrimages is a great experience and achievement. Here’s what you need to know: First the Kumano Kodo is actually 5 different trails: If you are seeking a Dual …

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Top 10 Reasons for Walking the Japan Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage:

Most visitors to Japan take a week or two and focus on Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and maybe Hiroshima. Those places offer interesting experiences but are also crowded. Walking the Kumano Kodo gets you off the beaten tourist trail. Allows you to slow down and enjoy nature, which the Japanese are much more connected to than …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 2; Playa de Niños to Ponteceso:

Started out with a 6:45 taxi back to the Playa (beach) de Niños. As difficult as the first day was this one was moreso. Constant ups and downs with some scrambling and stinging nettles. I didn’t bring long pants but that would be wise on this rugged trail. Even on a cloudy day the views …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses). Day 1 Malpica to Playa de Niños:

The start of another Camino; The Way of The Lighthouses is a relatively new trail since 2012 that is neither an official Camino or GR route yet but who cares. And perhaps that is the attraction. Today’s 25K walk was rugged but with rewarding views all along. Almost all of the trail was in nature, …

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