Snippets of the Way: Pilgrims’ Words

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I’m reaching the end of my stories and snippets from the Camino de Santiago, and I feel similar to how I felt about finishing the journey in June. A little sad. The treasure in blogging is that I get to relive the memories as I tell the stories. And the princesses have relived them with me. So I wanted to share a little word from each of them about our pilgrimage. Especially after our silly snapshots of our princess life yesterday, I thought it would offer a bit of balance to peel back some of the ridiculous to see the great … Continue reading

Snippets of the Way: Pilgrims or Princesses?

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

LynEtte, Alison, Stephanie and Diane. We declared ourselves to be pilgrims on the road to Santiago. But before we ever started out on the trail, we had a hunch that we were taking The Way a little easier than most. For starters, we were only doing the last stage, by some accounts the easiest one, 110 kilometers from Sarria to Santiago. Secondly, we were not carrying our luggage. We used a luggage transfer service instead of carrying large backpacks. And lastly, we were taking six days to do what is normally a five day journey. And we built in time … Continue reading

Camino Stories: Make Friends {Live The Way}

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Live The Way: Make Friends Jerry, come and have a look at these girls. They already have their seashells on their packs and they haven’t walked one step of the Camino yet. They’ve already been to the Pilgrims’ Mass! Two brothers, ages 67 and 70, had completed all but the last stage of the Camino de Santiago. In pieces they had walked, returning to Spain over the years to cover portions of the 800 kilometer journey from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela. I loved meeting people who were walking the full Camino this way. … Continue reading

Snippets of the Way: Pilgrims’ Menu

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An ode to the food along the Camino de Santiago! The last stage of The Way is in Galicia, a region of Spain known for fresh seafood and red table wine. We tried loads of new foods on our adventure and we definitely found a few new favorites. The octopus is a local specialty. As is the scallop, the signature of the Camino. When you’re walking along the path, all the outdoor tables and chairs just call out to you. And after a few days, you are sure to see some familiar faces at the tables, which makes you want to stop … Continue reading

Camino Recipe: Tarta de Santiago

Santiago Cake

In every bakery window in Santiago you can spot a Tarta de Santiago, a light almond cake that has the cross of St James dusted on top with icing sugar. You can buy boxes of these cakes to take home to your family and friends (I did!) but they tasted better right on the street in Santiago de Compostela. While I’ve been re-living my memories of the days on The Way, I wanted to taste this cake again, so I searched through some recipes and combined several to come up with this one. If you ever have a friend who … Continue reading

Snapshots of The Way: Stunning and Sublime

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We took our Camino Theme of Live The Way to heart when it came to stopping for photographs. We felt the freedom to stop for anything along the trail that we felt was beautiful. After years of walking trails with the men in my life, being able to stop whenever I feel like it is a luxury and I was thankful that my walking partners were patient with my stops. What follows is a collection of some of those pauses, mostly for flowers, windows and doors. I have fallen in love with the Spanish countryside and in my limited experience, I … Continue reading

Snippets of The Way: Pilgrims’ Lodging

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

While walking along The Way, every night we needed somewhere to sleep. A place to lay our heads and rest our weary bones. Sometimes it was a cabin on a farm, set back from the farmer’s vineyard and vegetable garden. And then he would feed us from his farm. Sometimes it was a room with a sunset view of the village. And I would hang out my window and feel the last of the sun on my face. Or watch the sun come up over the countryside. Sometimes it was a posh hotel. With a fancy lobby and lovely breakfast. Sometimes it was a … Continue reading

Camino Stories: Stop Often {Live The Way}

Camino de Santiago, The Way, Santiago de Compostela, Pilgrims Mass

I’ve already mentioned that part of how we embraced our theme of Live The Way was that we stopped constantly. On our third day, we had fewer miles to cover so we just meandered from one stop to the next, and were treated with wonderful surprises all day long. This is the story of Day 3: Walking from Palas de Rei to Melide. He rode by on a horse the first day. We were having lunch, outside in a courtyard lined with rose bushes. Drinking cold beer and eating spicy potatoes, exchanging tales and laughing. We waved and called out … Continue reading

Snippets of the Way: Pilgrims’ Mass

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Ringing bells call pilgrims to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. From east, west, north, south the doors are open and the people pour in. The church fills more bodies than seats. Folks wander and wonder looking up and spinning around taking photos taking it all in. People start settling against columns and along walls. The closest seats are reserved for those who have walked to be here. We have just arrived in Santiago. We will begin walking tomorrow. Backwards, we have come to the mass that you are meant to attend upon finishing. It is not the first time … Continue reading

Snapshots of The Way: Signs and Symbols

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If there is a better-marked trail in the world than the Camino de Santiago, I would love to know about it. The seashells, crosses and yellow arrows appear constantly along the path. You can see them on the ground. They are crafted with mosaics or set into paving stones. They are painted on signs for the albergues (pilgrims’ hostels). And on the sides of houses and walls. There are official signs. And unofficial markings. There are creative renditions of all the symbols. People put them on their gates. And in their gardens. And flowerbeds. The symbols come in every possible … Continue reading