Tag Archives: santiago

Hay Bales ~ Spain

I’ve been extremely busy lately and had to catch up with a lot of work, which is the reason why I haven’t posted much. While you’re reading this, I’ll be already on my way to the US for a month to enjoy some good time in rural Kentucky :) I’ll update with more information as soon as I finish my 36+h flight and continue posting more frequently. My apologies also for all those who sent me a photo for the Free Critique, I’ll catch up as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some hay bales for you from […]

Hay Bales ~ Spain

The Yellow Arrow ~ Spain

~~oOo~~ The Yellow Arrow, also known as the Flecha Amarilla in Spanish guides pilgrims to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. No maps are required , at every road fork, there is a yellow arrow painted on a wall, tree, sign, stone, house or wherever necessary to point the way. Each year, groups of volunteers retrace the Camino and repaint the arrows washed away by the weather. The arrows were first created by Don Elías Valiña Sampedro of O Cebreiro parish, a dedicated priest and scholar who devoted over 30 years of his life to the resurrection and promotion […]

The Yellow Arrow ~ Spain

Endless Journey ~ Spain

~~oOo~~ The pilgrim walks and walks knowing that the goal is never clear nor important, but the journey is endless and enlightening. Many of these pilgrims (now good friends) that I have come across keep on walking, again and again, either physically or spiritually. Many don’t always know where they are heading in life, but all know that the journey is what makes us grow and gives us the strength to carry on towards our dreams. “Caminante, no hay camino… Se hace el camino al andar”. “Traveler, there is no path… the path is made by walking”. ~~oOo~~ Quick Tips: […]

Endless Journey - Spain

La Rioja vineyards ~ Spain

~~oOo~~ La Rioja is the home of Spanish Red Wine. A province and autonomous community of Northern Spain, La Rioja is crossed by the Camino de Santiago. The name comes from the river Oja that flows through the region (Rio Oja). La Rioja is also the second province with the smallest population in Spain. The total population is 325,000m with half of the people living in the capital, Logroño. It did feel quite empty when I walked through it twice. It is a beautiful province with large acres of vineyards and low hills. The weather is often great and warm. […]

La Rioja Vineyards - Spain

The Fishing Town of Cee ~ Spain

~~oOo~~ Usually, most pilgrims end the Camino de Santiago in the town of Santiago de Compostella, in front of the Cathedral where supposedly lie the remains of St. James. But the Camino doesn’t really end there, it continues up to Finisterra, the “end of the World” where they say a shepherd found the body of St. James. It is also called the “Pagan route” as it was a pilgrimage route way before Christianity. On my first Camino, I stopped in Santiago due to lack of time. On my second pilgrimage, I decided to go all the way to Finisterra.. And […]

The Fishing Town of Cee - Spain

Alto del Perdon ~ Spain

~~oOo~~ Alto del Perdon … The Mount of Forgiveness. As the pilgrim walks out of Pamplona in Spain, a hill stands on his way, defying him/her, with many giant windmills spread on its peak. It is a very windy place, and a long winding climb. The path is not very steep but feels tiring.. Maybe the weight of unforgiven sins on our shoulders? Once the top of the hill is reached, he is welcomed by these statues representing pilgrims, braving the wind to continue their chosen path. It gives him hope and strength to carry on. Many have passed here before him […]

Alto del Perdon - Spain

Forest Walk ~ Spain

~~oOo~~ If I had to choose between living by the sea or living in the mountains by a forest, I’d definitely choose the mountain/forest. There is something about forests that attracts me. I can hardly find anything as soul-cleansing as a walk in an old forest. The mind is cleared and all of the five senses are awakened. The feeling of being watched by those hundred year old trees while stopping to listen to the wind through the leaves is liberating. One can only feel small next to these giants full of wisdom. This photo was taken on the Camino […]

Forest Walk - Spain