by Classical Pursuits founder and longtime walker Ann Kirkland For some, walking is a time-wasting and arduous chore when there are so many faster ways to get from A to B. And days-long hiking is a pointless and punishing undertaking. For others, the idea of a pilgrimage smacks of self-denying […]
ON THE ROAD WITH ANN — Come Take Your Soul for a Stroll with Me
I devote most Fridays to a day-long walk through Toronto’s extensive ravine system with about 25 fellow devotees. What are we devoted to? We are devoted to walking and to the Camino de Santiago. All of us have either walked (sometimes many times) or are preparing to walk the Camino. […]
GUEST BLOG – Marsha Faubert reports from the Camino de Santiago
We are now two thirds of the way to Santiago and looking forward to completing the journey we began together only one week ago. After meeting in Madrid, our group made our way to Leon where we were met by our guide Jason, an expat Brit who has made Spain […]
ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – 1000 km .. with kids?
The Camino is full of mysteries and surprising revelations. This is the blog of the amazing family we met from Taos, NM (both parents are alumni of St. John’s College, and they have been walking for over two months). http://caminantequixote.wordpress.com/about/ We keep bumping into them and being ever more impressed with how […]
ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Transition
(Three days ago) I am in a hotel room in the dense resto and bar heart of Madrid. I am here for a layover before stage 2 of this trip, Vietnam and Cambodia. After tonight, the next time I will lay my head on a pillow, I will be in […]
ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Today’s thought from Santiago
I was musing last night, over a sumptuous Galician meal of many courses, that I know of no other place where persons of all ages, nationalities, faiths (or non), levels of income, and political persuasions come together in such harmony. We remain distinctly different from one another, but something about […]
ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Onward to Santiago
(Editor’s note: a much longer post today, as we catch you up on the end of the camino without spamming your social media. Hope you enjoy.) Last evening, after dinner at the pazo that has started to feel like home, we had a traditional Galician queimada. A local herb-infused alcohol […]
ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Do we look like suffering pilgirms?
(sent by Ann on Oct 23) Tomorrow we walk into Santiago. Alas, the forecast is for rain. As my roommate Maureen says frequently, “it’s all good.”
ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Heaven, I’m in heaven.
(Remember: to see an enlargement of a photo, just click on it) We had a glorious walk through stone and slate hamlets, fields of cut grain, fruit trees and woods of eucalyptus. The sun shone, the birds sang, and our feet clipped along at a comfortable, unhurried pace. A picnic […]
ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Click on the photos to see them larger!
Lots of photos for you today … hope you enjoy! We are tired, but doing well!