A Farewell to the Camino Portugues

By Judy Leaver, Guest Blogger “Oh, they tell me there’s a lily in the valley, and it’s bright as the morning sun…”*  This past spring a disparate group of opinionated Unitarians Universalists gathered in the basement of All Souls Church in Washington, DC and began a...

Green Wine at Quinta Saõ Miguel

Neither Judy nor I had ever heard of vinho verde, green wine, but it showed up on menus almost everywhere we ate in Northern Portugal. We finally ordered a bottle the night we stayed at the Quinta Saõ Miguel in Arcos. The inn is a series of eighteenth century farm...

Horreos of Galicia

“What are those things?” we asked as we walked through the Galician countryside along the Camino Portugues. We saw them in farmyards and next to kitchen gardens – clearly they had some agricultural use. Some were plain, some elaborate. Occasionally one of the...

At the End of the Camino: Santiago de Compostela

The Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago was crowded when I arrived at the end of our trip. I hadn’t walked the last day (though I did get in enough miles to qualify for a compostela), so I got there in mid-morning. The office is in the Medieval old town, near the famous...

“Buen Camino, y Que Dios te Bendiga.”

By Nina Swanson, Guest Blogger  I just took the scallop shell off of my backpack.  I took it off for practical purposes — it got stuck in the rollers of the x-ray machine here at the airport — but I had to take a deep breath before untying it.  I thought,...

All Souls on the Camino

  By Nina Swanson, Guest Blogger   What would you guess happens when you mix together a group ranging from 26 to 70, gay, straight, black, white, lifetime UU’s, secular Jews and Missouri synod Lutherans, avid hikers, and then throw in someone who tires after walking...