Since starting to travel way back in 1993 and then more consistently since 2005 I have seen so many amazing places, met some memorable people and have experienced so much.
Lately, however, I have begun to see my travels going beyond the art, architecture, landscapes or cuisine. Maybe it’s because I’m entering a new more “mature” chapter in my life. I want to continue visiting as many beautiful and cool places in this world because its fun, but I’m also beginning to search for a more spiritual reason for my travels as well.
A few years ago I learned of this “thing” called the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile walk from a border town in France, up through the Pyrenees and across Northern Spain. I’ve already written about my plans to walk the Camino de Santiago, but I’ve since locked in on a tentative date (or at least the month) of September 2016. I will give myself up to two months to complete. Yes, you heard right, two months. After retiring from my long City Service in July I’ll have no more time restrictions and I can literally take all the time I need (well at least all the time I can afford).
This will be a journey for my soul. And exactly what does that mean? I’ve decided that this will be a pilgrimage rather than a walk or travel destination. But not in a super religious way. I want this trip to be a spiritual journey, a reflection of my life, something that will challenge me and hopefully something that will bring me great joy!
I love this video! It is a group of pilgrims gathered at an Albergue singing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. The reason why I love this video (in addition to the beautiful music) is it illustrates that we are not alone in our journey. People from all walks of life and from all around the world make this pilgrimage. Once strangers, we are brought together to share in this amazing pilgrimage.