Category: Thom

About the “Camino Photo of the Day” Project

Once I’d gotten all of my Camino photos up on my Flickr page, I began to search for ways to internalize and come to grips with our 2016 Camino. Beginning on 06 July 2016, I began posting a photo a…

Blog Note

Normally, I schedule the “Camino Photo of the Day” several days in advance to publish at 8:00 AM local time. Recently, however, they sometimes haven’t been publishing when they’re supposed to. No, I don’t know why. I can manually “re”publish…

One Month On

A month ago today, May 2, we arrived in Santiago de Compostela. I still haven’t uploaded all of the photos to Flickr. Perhaps in my head this will be the action that ends the Camino, though it’s long over. I…

Re-entry

It is now eighteen days after our arrival in Santiago. I’ve been back to my previous life and job for two full weeks now. Early on, somebody asked me “how’s re-entry been?” I’m not sure I gave a coherent answer…

Santiago!

Praise God in His angels and in His saints! At about 3:00 PM on the Memorial of Saint Athanasius, the second of May 2016, we arrived at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  On the way in we met Anita,…

Oh, Galicia! 

Galicia has been uncharacteristically cool and sunny, enabling us to do some fairly decent long-distance days. Oh, the forests of Galicia! So beautiful, and so otherworldly. As we came down from crossing our third mountain range, the clouds poured into…

O Cebreiro on the Feast of St. Mark

Only 17.5 km today, but the last 8 km included a rough, rocky climb of almost 700 m as we left El Bierzo behind and entered our fourth Spanish kingdom: Galicia. We left early and had our second breakfast in…

On a Human Scale

After Rabanal, we crested the Cordillera Cantábrica at Cruz de Ferro. Traditionally, one leaves a stone at the foot of the cross there. This is the accompanying prayer:  Lord, may this stone, a symbol of my efforts on the pilgrimage…

A Sunny Afternoon 

We arrived in Rabanal del Camino three years to the day since the last time we were here, though not by any conscious design on our part. We have been walking with a young Dutchman named Stijn, and we ran…

Sahagún

We are spending the night in Sahagún. For those of you who are fans of “Babylon Five”, this will sound uncomfortably close to “Z’ha’dum“. It was a beautiful day for walking – cool and sunny. A welcome change from the…