Saturday, July 14, 2007

Camino Compadre?

So, I'm gonna do it. A few months ago, out of nowhere, the idea popped into my head to walk "el Camino de Santiago". I know very little about it and yet it was there as clear as day--a little voice saying you need to walk the camino. For those of you that don't know about the camino, it's a walk through Spain, famous for being the most important Christian pilgrimage walk during Medival times.

I am not a Christian. I don't even believe in god. And yet, this walk calls to me. My ancestors are from Italy, not Spain. And yet, this walk calls to me. There are a million factors possibly working against me doing this walk. And yet, it calls to me. I can't explain it and frankly, don't feel the need to.

What I am looking for is possible walking companions. While I'm quite content to walk alone, I'm also open to having any or all of you out there join me. I'll be posting more details in the coming weeks as I do more research. But if your heart feels connected to this idea in any way, drop me a line and we'll chat.

tall penguin

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

if you want to chat to others who have been called to the camino come and join us on the santiago-today message board! Look forward to seeing you there

Jane

tall penguin said...

Thanks Jane. I'll definitely check out the forum.

tall penguin

Anonymous said...

my sister did that walk last summer. i can pass on her contact info if you're interested in chatting with her. she said it was fantastic and very gruelling. i imagine it will be a tremendous challenge for you, as she has no health issues, and i know some of yours.
i myself would love to do the walk, but you know my situation, and it seems out of reach right now.
vanessa

tall penguin said...

Hey Vanessa,

I'd love to chat with your sister. Yes, as I wrote, there are some factors that could work against me doing this, but I feel compelled to do it anyway. I have no words for it.

At the very least, I'll do a week of the journey. My intention is to work with my physio over the winter to get myself in shape for the walk. I can already walk about 10 km a day, so it's just a matter of building up my stamina. But I'm determined.

tall penguin