Monday, November 5, 2012


It’s been almost two months since I finished my walk through Spain. I spent a few days in Italy before my flight back to LA. Something came over me as I got on that flight. I didn't even want to board the flight, but I didn't want to be in Europe illegally anymore. I cried the entire twelve hour flight. On the first flight From Milan to Rome (about one hour), a man next to me noticed I was crying and started crying himself! I was going to miss Italy. I was going to miss traveling through Europe. I already missed all the beautiful souls I met along the twenty-four days on the camino. I already missed the friends, and the family I made in Italy. I can honestly say I have changed as a person in the last 10 months. Living in Italy and walking through Spain has helped me become a better person mentally, physically, and spiritually. I know how to eat better and take care of myself. I have proven to myself that I can go twenty four days without any vehicles, and walk miles and miles per day. I learned that I can walk for days in excruciating pain from blisters. I learned second-hand what it is like to be a very good mother and became a part of a beautiful family.

I’m back in LA and I got a good part-time job in the psychology field. I went to my best friend's wedding up north and I'm so happy I got to spend that magical day with her.

So, although most times I would like to take the next plane out of LAX and start my next adventure, I’m enjoying the time with my friends and family. Now is a time to think about what I really want for myself and my life. Who knows what the future holds? :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

O Peregrino

These beautiful voices, under the light of the moon, drinking wine in the Cathedral of Santiago Plaza....

"Todo pasa y todo queda,
pero lo nuestro es pasar,
pasar haciendo caminos,
caminos sobre la mar.

Nunca perseguí la gloria,
ni dejar en la memoria
de los hombres mi canción;
yo amo los mundos sutiles,
ingrávidos y gentiles

como pompas de jabón.
Me gusta verlos pintarse
de sol y grana, volar
bajo el cielo azul, temblar
súbitamente y quebrarse.

Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino, y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.

Al andar se hace camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante, no hay camino,
sino estelas en la mar.

Hace algún tiempo, en ese lugar
donde hoy los bosques se visten de espinos,
se oyó la voz de un poeta gritar:
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar,
golpe a golpe, verso a verso.

Murió el poeta lejos del hogar,
le cubre el polvo de un país vecino.
Al alejarse le vieron llorar,
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar,
golpe a golpe, verso a verso.

Cuando el jilguero no puede cantar,
cuando el poeta es un peregrino,
cuando de nada nos sirve rezar,
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar,
golpe a golpe, verso a verso."

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Day Twenty-Four

Day 24, O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela
Walked today: 18 km
Total walked: 630 km

Wow. I can't believe it's over. Well, I know it really isn't over, the lessons I learned on this trip and the feelings I had will stay with me forever. Santiago de Compostela is a beautiful city. I went to the Mass at noon, which was a beautiful service. I saw St. James' tomb and met with many of the pilgrims I had met on our way. Everyone is so full of emotions after walking for so long, all for different reasons.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Day Twenty-Two and Twenty-Three

Day 22, Hospital de Cruz to Melide
Walked today: 28 km
Total walked: 578

Day 23, Melide to O Pedrouzo
Walked today: 34 km
Total walked: 612 km

Friday, September 14, 2012

Day Twenty-One

Day 21, Barbadelo to Hospital de Cruz
Walked today: 30 km
Total walked: 550 km

Today started off dark and cold as I started my walk around 7am. The stars were very bright but the arrows to guide me were hard to see, even with my flashlight. I walked for about 30 minutes not even sure if I was going the right way when I discovered I forgot my walking stick in Barbadelo. Oh well... I kept walking, hoping I was going the right way. Suddenly I saw the next town I was supposed to pass. Perfect! I hadn't walked over an hour in vain.

I looked around and noticed the faint first light of day and fog all around me. The morning was still brisk, and I saw bats flying over my head.

A few hours later I passed through a small village. On my right were groups of dairy cows grazing, on my left were tiny houses, more like shacks, looking like a strong gust of wind might demolish them. A very old man with gray hair came running out of his house. His clothes were dirty, his teeth looked like he had never seen a dentist, but his smile was genuine. "Toma! Toma! (Take it! Take it!)" he called to me, raising a walking stick above his head. I went to him and as he handed me the stick he asked me to pray for him when I got to Santiago. I don't know his name, and I don't even remember the exact pueblo I encountered this man, but I knew I would pray for him in the Cathedral of Santiago.

Just a few minutes later I walked passed a German Shepard. At first I kept my distance, but soon I saw a wagging tail and a face begging for a caress. He nuzzled up against me just as an elderly woman came out and said to her dog in Spanish, "You want to go to Santiago, too? Go ahead!" with a hearty laugh.

I know this was a simple day like any other, but little moments like this make this camino special to me. I will always remember being a peregrina and the people (and animals) who made this experience unforgettable.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Day Thirteen - Day Twenty

Day 13, León to San Martin del Camino
Walked today: 24 km
Total walked: 337

Day 14, San Martín del Camino to Astorga
Walked today: 24 km
Total walked: 361 km

Day 15, Astorga to Rabanal del Camino
Walked today: 20 km
Total walked: 381

Day 16, Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca
Walked today: 28 km
Total walked: 409 km

Day 17, Molinaseca to Villafranca
Walked today: 31 km
Total walked: 440

Day 18, Villafranca del Bierzo to La Faba
Walked today: 30 km
Total walked: 470 km

Day 19, La Faba to Triacastela
Walked today: 26 km
Total walked: 496 km

Day 20, Triacastela to Barbadelo
Walked today: 24 km
Total walked: 520 km

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Day Twelve

Day 12, Villarente to León
Today walked: 13 km
Total walked: 313

We took it easy today to have more time to explore one of the bigger towns on the Camino: León.