How did you find and why did you walk the Camino de Santiago?

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The question was:

I was wondering how others initially found and walked the Camino. My personal point of view is that there are no accidental pilgrims, but that’s just me. How about you?

Read the conversations where pilgrims explain how they found out, and why they did walk the Camino de Santiago.

4 Replies to “How did you find and why did you walk the Camino de Santiago?”

  1. Back in june I travelled to Washington D.C.; my daily assignment as a TV graphic reporter was to shoot a few live shots from the White House.

    As I was going through the security check point to enter the premises one of the secret service agents asked me where I was from: “- I am from Galicia” I said, so he started asking me about “El Camino” very enthusiastically; he even had a book, phone apps, etc… He also told me there was a film about it… all of this gave me goosebumps!!
    Having grown up in Galicia “el camino”, Santiago and the pilgrims are not new to me; although I’ve thought of doing the camino in the past, back in june it was not an idea that I had even conceived within the last 10 years of my life. It wasn’t in my thoughts.

    A few weeks after D.C., a couple of incidents in my life led me to consider taking some time off from everything. I thought: “- what should I do?, Where should I go?”, And then it just came to me: ” – I should go walk el camino”, and so I did at the end of august.

    It was the best thing I could have done for myself, but if that Captain in D.C. hadn’t planted that seed in my brain, I don’t know if I would have walked it.

    Thanks Captain!

  2. I had seen a story about it on Sunday Morning YEARS ago, maybe late 70s. Then in 2006 I had a major heart break and began looking for a way to get away and have some solitude. I began Looking for it and couldn’t find anything on it. I went to bookstores looking for something on the St. Joseph’s Trail. then looked for St. James trail. Not being a Catholic I just could not find it or any book on it. Finally asked my Catholic daughter in law and she spoke to a Priest about it and he coined it “The Camino” for me. I first hiked it that next Spring. 2008. I didn’t think it was a “Pilgrimage”, but it turned out to be exactly that for me. Life changing.

  3. My mom read the book by german comedian Hape Kerkeling and planned to walk the camino in 07. Sadly, she unexpectedly died in late 06. I promised her to walk in her place, and in 09 I went for the first time. Never regretted it (except my indecisiveness – I waited way too long until I went only when a good friend of mine finally accompanied me) and I guess I’ll be returning as often as I can. Was on the camino del norte in 2011 and hope to be back this year.

    I’m not a very sportive person, and I usually don’t walk, hike, bike or run that much, so the camino is part exercise, part self-torture (not in a redemptive way since I’m an atheist, but rather actual physical pain đŸ˜‰ ), but besides that, it’s the best holiday for my mind/psyche I could ever imagine. I’ve met great friends on both my trips, I’ve learned lots about myself, and I got taught some life lessons with me as well.
    An I’ll be back for more.

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