Today we begin an adventure of a lifetime. We land in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France to begin the “El Camino de Santiago” or “The Way of St. James”. I have always dreamed about conquering the El Camino since I first stepped foot in Spain more than twelve years ago. Brett and I had several discussions over the years about the 800 kilometer ancient walk across Spain. After traveling for almost nine months (throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe), we’ve become quite exhausted from hopping around countries. Short visits make it difficult to fully embrace any one culture or gain much spiritual enlightenment. Walking the Camino gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves into Spanish culture, while delving deep into our souls.
Our decision to do the walk was solidified by watching the film “The Way” directed by Emilio Estevez and starring his father Martin Sheen. The film depicts the thirty day pilgrimage across Northern Spain through a tragic father and son story. The father embarks on the Camino in memory of his son who died during the first day in the Pyrenees Mountains. Estevez incorporates a collection of true stories from pilgrims who have taken the journey over the years. The film is indeed inspiring and within the first thirty minutes Brett and I made the final decision to embark on our own Camino.