Diary of a Pilgrimage
Writer Liz walked the Camino with Macs Adventure, beginning in Sarria at the end of April 2013. Liz, walking with her friend Mo, completed the final stage to reach Santiago Cathedral, believed to be the burial place of St James.
Camino literally means "path" or "way", and the Way of St James is perhaps the most famous pilgrimage route in the world. The 8th Century path follows one of several routes to Santiago in North-Western Spain, the Camino Frances being the route most people think of when referring to "the Camino". A pilgrimage is a journey of mind, body, and spirit, increasingly embarked upon by a diverse and sometimes unexpected range of people, for an assortment of purposes. Sometimes, the purpose is simply to find a purpose.
Liz's blog is an iluminating diary of her 7 day walk of the final stage of the Camino, describing the people she meets (young and old, families, couples, solo walkers, groups), the highs, the lows, and the reflections she makes on her journey.
Walking the final 113km stage from Sarria to Santiago lets you achieve your “pilgrims passport”, which is more than just a certificate, but memento to treasure, reflect, and build upon.
“We’ve done it. Mo and I hug each other. We feel quite overcome with emotion and teary and we’ve only done the last part. Goodness knows how you’d feel if you’d walked for two months and a 1000 kilometres.”