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  1. jayree

    Visiting Spain from the couch

    https://artsandculture.google.com/project/discover-spain (Yes, there is a link to the Camino de Santiago)
  2. jayree

    Camiño dos Faros

    This article from the Washington Post (June 2019) was recently posted on their year-end travel newsletter "look back at some of our top stories of 2019." https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/hiking-spains-luminous-lighthouse-way/2019/06/06/22fc5d40-8186-11e9-bce7-40b4105f7ca0_story.html?
  3. jayree

    Relics and pilgrimages

    There is an interesting article about relics and pilgrimages in the online magazine Aeon. From the ending ... "If you believe that that these places and objects might be sacred, you can experience a profoundly moving act of veneration in which the celebrity or celebrated dead is both mortally...
  4. jayree

    Thoughts on a long walk in Japan

    "In the context of a walk like this, “boredom” is a goal, the antipode of mindless connectivity, constant stimulation, anger and dissatisfaction. I put “boredom” in quotes because the boredom I’m talking about fosters a heightened sense of presence. To be “bored” is to be free of distraction."...
  5. jayree

    Cape Finisterre’s mythical pull

    http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190411-the-camino-de-santiagos-ancient-secret?
  6. jayree

    Strangers on the Earth

    Last night at the American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) Gathering in Ashville, NC we watched the recently released movie “Strangers on the Earth,” a documentary on the Camino Frances. The soundtrack, Bach cello sonatas performed along the way by one of the central characters, “pulled the movie...
  7. jayree

    Training at The Prado

    A 7-Hour, 6-Mile, Round-the-Museum Tour of the Prado https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/travel/prado-bicenntenial.html?
  8. jayree

    Pilgrimage

    Today I was reading "The Life You Save May Ne Your Own. An American Pilgrimage." by Paul Elie. It is a combined biography of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy. (Richard Rodrigues calls them 'the best Catholic American writers of the twentieth century'). At the...
  9. jayree

    St Nicholas and Bari Italy

    A nice summary of St Nicholas with story themes that overlap with Santiago and the history of pilgrimages ... https://www.salon.com/2018/12/25/this-christmas-tell-your-children-the-real-santa-claus-story_partner/
  10. jayree

    Rioja wine

    A nice summary of the new "rules." https://winefolly.com/review/rioja-wine-gets-a-new-classification-system/?
  11. jayree

    Sacred Sites. The Camino

    This season (in the USA) the Smithsonian channel will feature a documentary on The Camino (season 2, episode 3) that will air in a few weeks, August 27. Details are at https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/sacred-sites/the-camino/1003827/3462207. From their web site ... "For more than a...
  12. jayree

    Flip flops in the shower

    Perhaps of interest to some https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/well/do-flip-flops-protect-against-athletes-foot.html?
  13. jayree

    The Jordan Trail

    Perhaps of interest to only a few but absolutely fascinating. The information website is first class http://jordantrail.org/about/ Foe example, sage advice re packing that has been covered repeatedly on this forum ... "If you’re buying outdoor equipment for the first time, keep in mind that...
  14. jayree

    The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

    Last Fall I saw a one-time ad in the NYT for this course on sale. I bought the deeply discounted audio download (to my iPhone) and listened to it while walking each day. It is a comprehensive and fascinating history of Spain, “covering the centuries from the first prehistoric settlement of the...
  15. jayree

    Walking in the rain

    It all sounds good from this perspective ... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/well/mind/how-to-be-mindful-walking-in-the-rain.html?
  16. jayree

    Kindred spirits

    When walking a Camino I usually make a few new friends whom I often seem to know better than many of my old friends back home. While reading "A Gentleman in Moscow" (altogether excellent) the author, Amor Towles, makes an observation that especially resonated with the pilgrim me. “Some might...
  17. jayree

    Why Spaniards eat late

    http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170504-the-strange-reason-spaniards-eat-late
  18. jayree

    Seville monasteries

    There was an interesting report on tonight's PBS NewsHour about the problems with cloistered convents in Seville. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/faith-declines-spain-sevilles-glorious-convents/
  19. jayree

    "Good Morning, democracy" 12.27.1978

    An interesting summary from today's "Writer's Almanac" (http://writersalmanac.org) On this day in 1978, the country of Spain became a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship. Spain had been under the control of Generalissimo Francisco Franco since 1939, when he led right-wing...
  20. jayree

    Kumano Kodo NYT article

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/travel/japan-hiroshige-hiking.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

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