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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Top 10 Onsen (natural Hot spring) Hotels on Shikoku, Japan:

I listed these 10 favorite onsens by order as we walked the 88 Temple Pilgrimage. We were on our honeymoon so did some splurging versus our first Shikoku Pilgrimage back in 2019. The final 2 were off the Pilgrimage in Iya Valley but worth the travel and the perfect place to relax after 36 days …

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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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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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