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Pilgrim’s Passport….. Buen Camino!

Posted on 13 September 2012 by christie

Scallop Shell

The official Credential/Pilgrim’s Passport. The scallop shell is the traditional emblem of St. James

Oh boy…here comes the rain on our first short introduction to walking the Camino. After two amazing weeks with Christie’s mom in Montenegro, Croatia and Barcelona….. we made our way to San Sebastian in Northern Spain. From there we caught a short taxi ride across the border to Hendaye, France. There, we hopped on the train to Bayonne. After a one hour lunch break, we joined all the other new pilgrims on the train to the starting point of the Camino, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Southern France.

Saint-Jean-le-Vieux

Four kilometers to Hotel Mendy in Saint-Jean-le-Vieux

Saint-Jean-le-Vieux, France
We decided at the last minute to arrive in Saint Jean a day early. All accommodations were completely booked in the town. Luckily, we found Hotel Mendy in a small village four kilometers away called Saint-Jean-le-Vieux. The short four kilometer walk to the hotel was a quick introduction to walking with seven extra pounds. We smiled when realizing that our packing skills were quite good…….. as we passed several pilgrims with packs double our size. On the way to our hotel, we met a mother and daughter named Katherine & Emily. They were from Florida and starting the Camino a day earlier. It was Emily’s idea to do the Camino while she took a semester off from nursing school. Her mother was fortunately able to take a seven week vacation from work. Katherine is hoping her job is still there when she returns to Florida. Continue Reading

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