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Snapshots of Walking in Winter

Snapshots of Walking in Winter in Illinois + Musings From My Wanderings Several years ago I wrote the following Richard Rohr quote on an index card and hung it up in the kitchen of the apartment we were renting. In order to live your soul into the world, you must continually loosen your beliefs about …

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Snapshots of Burgos, Spain

Snapshots of Burgos, Spain. or The End of the Journey. This post is from the end of our walk from Logrono to Burgos, Spain. You can read more posts from this walk, or from other Camino trips.  In my longtime obsession with the Camino, I have read quite a bit about the different cities that you …

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Day 2 on The Camino (Navarrete to Najera)

Navarrete to Najera. 18 kilometers, Day 2 on The Camino Or It rained and then the sun came out.  This post is our trip log from Navarrete to Najera. You can read more posts from this walk, or from other Camino trips.  Some nights of sleep are so bad that you are just relieved to wake …

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Day 1 on The Camino: Logrono to Navarrete

Logrono to Navarrete. At 12 kilometers, Day 1 on The Camino could also be titled: Let’s Ease Into This, Shall We? We didn’t wake up early in Logrono.  It was probably around 10am when we walked out of our little flat in Logrono and stepped onto the Camino.  We knew we were starting with a …

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Camino Beginnings (Logrono to Burgos)

Camino Beginnings or How You Know It’s Time to Go For A Long Walk in Spain  The Camino de Santiago. It’s one of my favorite trails in the world. Not necessarily because of its beauty (though it is beautiful), but (and I realize how cheesy this sounds) what I really love is the Spirit of the …

Return to the Camino

Return to The Camino: Humility Walk

Today I am leaving to Return to the Camino, To go on something I’m calling Humility Walk Why? Because bombs are falling in Syria again. Because people of color are being disproportionately killed in the US. Because poor people are sitting in prison even though they are innocent, just because they can’t afford bail. Because …

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Snapshots of Assisi, Italy

A Visit to The Home of The Beloved St Francis of Assisi What can I say about Assisi? I hardly know where to begin. Maybe it’s best to start with the ending. As I left the convent in Assisi, the same nun who welcomed me in, took hold of my face and kissed me twice, …

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Snapshots of Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Snapshots of a A Walk to Civita di Bagnoregio, an ancient hilltown in Italy reachable only by a pedestrian bridge. So 2500 years ago, some very ingenious folks (Etruscans) built this city on top of a hill. Hill towns are a common theme in my travels around Italy, but Civita is special because you can …

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A Walk in the Black Forest

A Walk in the Black Forest in Germany Last summer, we knew our time in Germany was winding down, at least for a while, so we spent our Saturdays finding new trails even though we were perfectly happy to walk the same gorgeous trails around Tübingen over and over again. The boys had gone camping …

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Snapshots of Bavaria, Germany

Last spring we went camping for a weekend in Bavaria, Germany. From the moment we told folks we were moving to Germany, people told us we had to go and visit Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein). It was raining when we stopped there on our way to our camping spot, but that was ok, because …

Germany in the Fall, Deutschland in Autumn, Tübingen

Snapshots of Germany in the Fall

Walking through Autumn in Southern Germany (Baden-Württemberg) Y’all, the autumn was so beautiful in the little town we lived in last year. In the morning, you would walk to town and the hills would have a Scotland-like mist over them, but the afternoons were usually gorgeous blue skies and incredible color. I walked in the …

Venice, Italy, Walks of Italy

Walking and Eating in Venice

Walking and Eating in Venice with Walks of Italy I think that you plan a trip to Venice because you’ve seen how gorgeous it is in pictures and in films. And when you go, the canals, bridges and alleys of Venice will totally fulfill your expectations by being as enchanting as you always imagined. But another reason …

Snapshots of Tubingen, Germany, Deutschland, Schloss Lichtenstein, Lichtenstein Castle

A Walk to Lichtenstein Castle, Germany (Schloss Lichtenstein, Deutschland)

Lichtenstein Castle (German: Schloss Lichtenstein), also known as the “Fairy tale castle of Württemberg,” is an 1840s Biedermeier style Gothic Revival castle built on a large rock near Honau, Reutlingen, in the Swabian Jura situated in the Tüblingen region of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. -wikipedia We set out from our flat in Tübingen on a recent Saturday to hike to Lichtenstein Castle. After taking a bus and a train to the nearby town …

Mt Keen Scotland, Munro Bagging, Hillwalking in the UK

Climbing Mt Keen in Scotland

When you have lived somewhere for three years and you invite your friends along on what is to be your Final Walk In Scotland, apparently people feel obligated to come. Or maybe they just don’t want to miss a final opportunity to climb a munro with you. Or maybe lots of folks want to make …