Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind. ~ Anthony Bourdain
I really like this quote because I completely agree with it. Sure travel should be wonderful, comfortable and pleasurable, but lately I have begun to see my travels going beyond the art, architecture, landscapes or cuisine. As I enter the more “mature” chapter in my life, I am beginning to make everything I do count more than they ever have before. This perspective has definitely had an impact on my travels. I want to continue visiting as many beautiful and cool places in this world because its fun, but I’m also beginning to search for a more spiritual connection on my travels as well.
A few years ago I learned of this “thing” called the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile walk from a border town in France, up through the Pyrenees and across Northern Spain.
For over a thousand years, the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) has been an important Christian pilgrimage since way back in medieval times. It is considered one of three pilgrimages on which all sins could supposedly be forgiven. There are several routes for the Camino de Santiago, all of which lead to the Cathedral in the town of Santiago de Compostela in the region of Galicia which is in the northwestern part of Spain. It is here in the Cathedral that the remains of apostle Saint James (one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus) is buried. Legend has it that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to Northern Spain where he was buried on the site of what is now the beautiful town of Santiago de Compostela.