Conquering One’s Foes

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The late afternoon sun that was mild has turned warm, a last blaze before it sets maybe, yet it causes me to sweat under my layers. Instead of removing them, I move into the shade and follow the stone walkway … Continued

The Door to Santiago De Compostela

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Today I’ve descended along the Rua do Gozo that flows into the Rua da Ponte de San Lázaro, a circular junction to slower traffic coming and going from Santiago and an overpass above the Av. de Camilo José Cela, that’s … Continued

My Caminos with Nestor the Donkey

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I met Nestor and his owner midway through my first Camino in 2011. I was heading to the backyard of an albergue to hang my clothes when I noticed him resting in the grass. I met his owner, Jean (from … Continued

Hesitation at the Gate of Santiago

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The long sturdy appendages at the end of my arms, that the Spanish call batones, are almost as natural to me as the limbs I was born with. My sticks helped me climb the Pyrenees and across the vast assortment … Continued

Yellow Arrows, Scallop Shells

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The bustle of the citizens of Santiago is evidence that they have either forgotten or become complacent with residing in one of the world’s most sacred places. I pass people as they get on with the tasks at hand, while … Continued

Ancestral Encounter on the Camino

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I cross over a narrow steel bridge that looks like it’s been assaulted by a bionic hole punch, leaving rust as traceable DNA. A wild sunlit stream rushes underneath as if it’s in a hurry to arrive at its destination, … Continued