Planning on traveling to Spain? Perhaps you are thinking about what to do and which attractions to visit.
Come and join our first program in the Armchair Travel series that takes you to Camino de Santiago, one of the prestigious trails in Spain.
Camino de Santiago is not only known for its beauty, but also connects pilgrims’ ways in Northwest Spain as a form of spiritual path or retreat. Despite its religious metaphor, Camino has drawn people from all over the world for different reasons.
Robert Mullen, in his book; Call of the Camino: Myths, Legends and Pilgrim Stories on the Road to Santiago de Compostela, shares his experiences on this pilgrim’s path and the history of the shrine of Saint James. The miracle stories have told by diverse travelers emphasizing on the same viewpoints that walking this pilgrim will play a defining role in their lives. As Mullen mentions; “The Camino’s like a caravan in the desert, people gather at certain oases where energy wells up to the surface.”
The companionship among all the pilgrims who are from different parts of the world speaking different languages makes their journey a life time experience; from dealing with Mother Nature’s unpredictability to struggling to obtain and maintain the basic necessities. As this spiritual journey comes to the end Mullen sums up that despite different purposes of pilgrims walking to the Camino, there is a common purpose that opens the door to co-operation and friendship that creates a sense of solidarity.
Interested to read more related books on this topic? Then here are some more titles for you:
The Sagrada Família: The astonishing story of Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece by Van Hensbergen, Gijs
Wild: by Strayed, Cheryl