Posts in Camino Highlight
Orisson or Roncesvalles on Day One?

Crossing the Pyrenees is one of the most challenging physical activities pilgrims undertake, and even if you have trained at home most people we talk to agree that nothing can really prepare you for the first few days of walking the Camino. It is a stunning statistic that over 50% of those who register as pilgrims in St. Jean have to give up before they finish, because of injury.

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Three Experiences on the Hill of Forgiveness

It was 2007 when I first walked the Camino, and the Alto de Perdón remains one of the most striking visual memories of any of my times as a pilgrim. The day was clear and a fine autumn breeze was blowing. The wheat had been harvested, so the soil was bare and upturned. The sky was so blue, and the Pyrenees to the north so distant yet defined in the sunlight. As I made my ascent, a glance back took my breath away and brought a tear to my eye, it was so beautiful. I met no one else that whole day, but took everything, from the beauty of the landscape to the individual sunflowers I passed, as a gift.

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