Tag archive for Santiago

Life Happens Now, and Other Lessons from a 500-Mile Walk

This is my guest blog post that was recently published on Tiny Buddha. In September of 2012, I flew from Idaho to Spain and began a 500-mile pilgrimage walk on the Camino de Santiago. I arrived in St. Jean Pied-de-Port without any expectations and a…

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Lovely Rita

Walking the Camino de Santiago and writing A Million Steps has forever changed my life. Physically being in Spain provided the opportunity for people to enter and exit my life on a daily basis. The book has created another path that attracts people to intersect…

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The First Chapter

At the Madrid Airport, I noticed just one other person with a backpack.  On the Pamplona train, there were two.  The entire bus to Roncesvalles was full of future El Camino de Santiago pilgrims.  After 30 hours of travel from Boise, Idaho, I was finally…

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Reflecting on Friends

I finally joined the new century and purchased a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone a few weeks ago.  My dumb phone is feeling quite lonely tucked away in my office drawer.  My new wonderphone has an integrated calendar that lets me know about friend’s birthdays.  There…

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My GoLite Night

A few months ago, I received an email on my website from Ben at a store called Golite.  He asked me to speak at their shop on the evening of April 18.  The person that really started the ball rolling on this event was Dennis…

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My First Rotary

Chuck McHugh from the Caldwell Rotary called me a few months ago and asked me to speak to their club on April 17.  I left my house around 10:30 and drove thirty miles to 10th and Logan in downtown Caldwell.  I had not been to…

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A Great Sense of Accomplishment: Conradum Koontz

I woke up early and full of energy. I left Albergue Edreira in the dark with lots of rain. The rain drizzled or poured throughout the day. While factually soaked, it was the farthest thing from my mind. I would have been oblivious to a…

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I truly feel like I’ve won the lottery

Woke up in my one star hotel and took a nice warm shower. Filled the tub with hot water and soaked my feet while eating some bread, banana, and apple. I walked without effort in a relaxed manner for the entire day. If you are…

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42.3 miles left

Here is a day in the life of a Peregrino. I usually wake up around 5:30-6:30 in a room full of people that snore. With so much participation, there is actually a harmony. Ear plugs treat me well during the sleeping hours. I am lucky….

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There is never a sense of loneliness

Had a big dinner with Alberto (Spain), Zenira (Brazil), Lou (Vermont), Courtney (Australia), Melinda/Annette (South Africa), and Mikkel (Denmark). There is a tremendous sense of community throughout the Camino. Everyone is always welcome at any table. Each person has some form of nagging pain, yet…

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