Worship in Any Language

By Rev. Shana Lynngood, Guest Blogger What a magical journey this has been! We have had glorious weather each day, found the Camino a beautiful and hospitable pilgrimage location, we have created meaningful connections with one another, and then there was today’s...

Many-Hued Hydrangeas

By Judy Leaver, Guest Blogger One of the knockout surprises for me has been seeing the variety of beautiful flowers that people in both Portugal and Spain grow in their gardens, window boxes and planters.  Virtually every home we pass, whether modest or affluent, is...

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Sooner or later, almost everyone’s feet come up with blisters, hot spots, sore toes or bruises along the Camino. And when that happens, your best friend is Compeed, a product you can only buy outside of the United States. It’s the ultimate blister treatment: different...

To iPod or Not to iPod?

By Karla Haworth, Guest Blogger                   Along with modern conveniences such as backpacks, 70 SPF sunscreen, and high-performance footgear, some of the All Souls pilgrims have brought our MP3 players on the Camino. I carried mine in Ziploc bag, hidden in a...

On Certificates of Completion

  I’m in a quandary here on the Camino. To receive a Compostela (a certificate of completion) at the end of the walk, you’re supposed to have walked at least 100 km, or 62 miles. I haven’t been walking the last few days; I’m eight miles short of 62. Every night I...

Camino Portugues: Porriño to Arcade

By Karla Haworth, Guest Blogger   Friday was a difficult day for many of us, as we walked our longest hike — more than 14 miles — and navigated a trail that was at times badly marked. We’ve all marveled at the hospitality of the people along this...