“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
When Isaac and I decided to walk a small portion of the Camino de Santiago in October 2016, we were just tagging along with my sister and her friend. I didn’t expect those 4 days to have so much impact on me. But in May 2017, we found ourselves back on the Camino, this time for 13 days, walking from Leon to Santiago.
What is it about the Camino that makes it so addictive? I’m really not sure. The answer is probably different for everyone. My favourite part of it was the simplicity. Each day you pack your backpack, walk 20 – 30 km, eat, sleep & repeat. We fell into a simple routine while walking through Northern Spain on the Camino, the yellow arrows guiding us every step of the way.
But simple is not easy, and I often found myself thinking “What was I doing here?” I only get 16 days of vacation a year and this is how I spend it. So why go back? I’m not sure. Was I missing the simplicity, the scenery, the food, the Camino community? Maybe I just really like walking? But whatever the reason maybe, the Camino gave me a new way of seeing things, like a parallel universe where things are slow, simple and somehow more fulfilling.
I think everyone stuck in the 9-5 grind should give the Camino de Santiago a try. It’s a great way to slow down the mind and enjoy the moment. The only thing you have to think about is putting one foot in front of the other, try not to think about how much pain you’re in, and enjoy the view.
Here are some highlights from my first Camino:
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