I’ve known for years that I’ve wanted to walk at least part of the Camino de Santiago, the historic Christian pilgrimage across northern Spain, leading to the shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. Since I first heard about this ancient route in college, I’ve been equal parts intrigued by and terrified of the idea – the physical requirements of walking a double-digit number of miles per day, the simplicity of carrying only what’s essential on your back, and the immense openness to the uncertainty required of pilgrims.
For many years, the Camino sat in the back of mind like a reserved copy of a library book waiting to be picked up, and this past summer, as I began to look toward my 30th birthday, I stopped by that shelf for the first time in a while. I had spent a lot of time reflecting on the many gifts and transitions my 20s had brought me in terms of friendships, relationships, my career, and my faith. And well, it felt right to honor all that with the intention of a reflective and spiritual journey, especially one through a country I love and hope to get to know better.
So, I embarked on a two-week pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela with two close friends, armed with our packs, hiking boots, enthusiasm, and anxieties, and I look forward to sharing it with you. Every day for the next two weeks, I’ll share photos, reflections, and anecdotes from along the way on Busted Halo’s Instagram, so you can participate in your own digital camino. Please pray for me along the journey, and I’ll pray for you as well!