Saturday, March 3, 2012

Resolution #3: Santiago de Compostela

This isn't a resolution as much as it's an online commitment, and it's definitely a commitment that will not happen this year.

But, next year, in 2013, I want to walk el camino to Santiago de Compostela and I will probably take the French route since it seems to be the most travelled and best marked.

For some reason, this pilgrimage appealed to me back in grade school and the possibility of following a 1,000-year tradition keeps coming back to me, time and time again.

When I was in Spain years back, I noticed the huge jubilee poster right outside my window (here) and I mentioned my desire to take the trip (here) in one of those tag meme things we do online. I downloaded "Spain ... On the Road Again" with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali, and there they are in Galicia talking about the walk. I red-boxed (new verb) "The Way" and it was this great hippie thing with good music and personality. I found a Facebook page and a forum. It's got to happen to me. I've reached that age when time doesn't feel open ended and good health can't be taken for granted. One month, northern Spain, with a backpack, a scallop shell, and a destination. 2013. God willing.


Hariklia said...

You're right, time is precious and if there's something you want to do, you can't put it off too far into the future. It's nice to have plans and hopes and dreams, and things to look forward to. I've decided I need more adventure in my life. Not quite sure what to do about it, yet.

Leslie in Adams Morgan said...

you can visit me in Spain!

welltravelledbrit said...

What a timely post for me, my husband and brother are heading to northern Spain in a couple of weeks to cover some of the area .Several Irish cousins of mine are walking the Camino in several parts each summer, and a friend of mine wrote her anthropology dissertation on the Camino which was a life altering experience for her.

Everyone I know who has done even part of the Camino raves about the companionship of the experience and the the sense of time they find on the walk. It sounds like a wonderful resolution and I hope it happens for you.

Leonor said...

nice!! :))