I  just walked 156 miles of the Camino from Porto, Portugal  to Santiago, Spain. That's a lot of miles to hike and think as you travel this winding road stamped with Gratitude and Grace by Pilgrims. With that said:

I am so blessed and grateful for my family tree (my Dad, Coles, Johnny and Dawn who reached out every day) and for those who give me roots (Debbie who held down the LEY fort, Sha Sha, Liza, Lyndsy, Alex, Rachel who took care of Bodhi, Liz, Brenda, Sarah, Big G, Inga Byleckie, Aeriel, Josh, Soul Sib, Katie Marshall and my LEY and tv families who touched base along the way. Gratitude and love always to my favorite teacher and best friend Debbie Valois who continues to inspire, and to my mentor Seane Corn who unknowingly points me in the right direction. Always.

i am so grateful I could take the time to do this, and have/had the physical and emotional strength to finish. 

Best wishes to new friends I met along the way, especially Nina and Peter. 

Lastly, a huge and heartfelt thank you to Megan Eddy and Tim Unger, the best guides and traveling companions a girl could ask for. Love you both.

 'Cheerio Miss Sophie....'

 

 Travel (b)log riffs:

I'm not here to get to the goal, I'm here to do every  single step. 

And wouldn't you know the last mile was UPHILL?!?  

1028 pilgrims climbed into Santiago yesterday.  Meg, Tim and I were three of them.

Friends have asked me about the significance of the Camino scallop shell. Meg says one theory is the lines in the shell signify the different routes you can take to Santiago...different roads, same destination . Amen.

Attending mass in a foreign language is oddly comforting. 

You travel the Camino in search of many things, including stamps. You get a passport at the beginning of your journey and get it stamped along the way to prove you walked it. Tim was obsessive about collecting stamps. When you reach Santiago, you turn your passport in and get your 'compostela', a certificate validating your walk. I didn't need validation, but looking for places that will give you a stamp can really help pass the time. And give you a reason to stop. 😊

Live a life you will remember.  

You can travel the Camino on horseback. What the heck do you do with the horse at night?!?!?! 

Bagpipes outside a Catholic Church?!? 

Sitting in the square (literally) at St James church watching  today's pilgrims arrive was just brilliant.  

One of the first people I met on this journey was an English woman named Nicole Ball. Total rock star and funny as hell. She told me my favorite quote of this trip: 

'Where feathers fall and Angels tread gypsies roam' 

 

 

Journey's end

Journey's end

Taking a seat

Taking a seat

Different path, same destination

Different path, same destination

Rooftop view

Rooftop view

No words needed

No words needed

Scallop shell lining the square

Scallop shell lining the square

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