In 2007 Wick, our son Hunter, and I walked the Camino Francés beginning in St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France. It was autumn and we often saw these small lavender flowers which are unique in their ability to produce a flower directly from the ground, with no visible stems and leaves. I've never seen anything like it!
WHY YOU SHOULD BUY THIS GUIDEBOOK-- Only about half of the peregrinos (pilgrims) who begin in St. Jean Pied-de-Port actually complete their walk to Santiago. I was one of those who didn’t make it on my first attempt in 2007 due to a stress fracture in my foot, which could have been avoided had I known then what I know now. All of the info I wish I had before my first Camino is in this book.
Have you had the experience of telling someone back home about an adventure you’ve just had, like walking the Camino, and watched as their eyes glazed over for lack of interest? Don’t take it personally, there is scientific research explaining why that happens.
When future peregrinos (pilgrims) ask us about the Camino, they seem to be intrigued by how many times we have walked. (Seven or eight Camino walks since 2007.) If you have the opportunity to walk someday, we think you’ll understand why we are drawn to it. But after Wick’s heart surgery, would we be able to walk again?
Holding a grudge is like grasping a hot coal and expecting the other person to get burned. The beauty of the Camino is that it allows us to perform the difficult task of letting go of what weighs on us, choosing forgiveness, while we do simple tasks that reflect the inner realities.