The Way – Camino de Santiago

by Tanya Monteiro on 05/10/2016

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Friends and Family have done parts of this pilgrimage but it was listening to Shirley MacLaine when I really became inspired to one day take part in my own path along the Camino de Santiago.

What stood out for me in Shirley MacLaine’s journey is that she challenged herself to abide by the 3 traditional laws.

1) Don’t make any friends
2) Don’t spend any money
3) Stay in the hostels on the side of the road

Guess which one of the three above was the hardest to fulfill? (Click this link for the 2 min answer)

The Way of St. James or Camino de Santiago, as the locals call it, is a 780km path that crosses northern Spain from the French border city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, at the very begining of the Pyrenees all the way to Santiago of Compostela, where the grave of St. James lies. Many people break up the walk and only do smaller bits.

The most important thing is not to get there but to walk. 

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Like all things that peak my interest and then rattle around in the back of my mind, I’ve been drawn to any and all whom speak of their experiences. The latest was Martin Sheen, who along with his son Emelio Esteves produced and directed a movie about the way. Having to get special permission to film along this “sacred” path.

The movie gives a little insight into the walk but also into the reasons why we choose to make these journeys in our lives and how we are all capable of far more than we think we are. And as a bonus The Soundtrack   made me want to run and pack my bags right away.

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