The Camino Awards

This year’s awards once again reflect the special skills and contributions that all our fine pilgrims made along the way. They are adjudicated by our chaperones and professors, and presented each year in solemn ceremony (NOT) at our communal dinner in O Gato Negro, and this year read with appropriate embellishment by Louisa: Finally, a…

Melide o Mellid

All of the pilgrims were happy to discover that the walk to Melide was shorter than usual and along a rather flat path that took us through farmland and forest. Being a shorter walk than usual, most of the pilgrims arrived before the afternoon and just in time to get lunch. Together we got to…

Samos y Sarria

Royal purple, beige with gold flecks, Camino flower yellow, robin’s egg blue, and more – all colors representing the auras of our fellow peregrinos. Walking 24 kilometers provides a lot of time. And with this time, we as pilgrims entertain ourselves with a variety of different techniques: discovering our auras or spirit dog breeds, reflecting…

O Cebreiro

At 1300 meters above sea level, O Cebreiro is cradled in between the O Courel and Os Ancares mountain ranges, on the border of Leon and Galicia. Until the 16th Century, O Cebreiro was the only access point for travelers entering Galicia and was a strategic location during the Spanish War of Independence. Nowadays, O…

Villafranca del Bierzo

Villafranca del Bierzo proves the saying “It’s not the destination, but the journey” both perfectly right and exceedingly wrong. Our walk today met all expectations–rolling hills through the Bierzo vineyards, fresh cherries hovering in the trees over our heads, and one much-celebrated white house, perfectly perched and overlooking the valley. Not to be outdone, Villafranca,…

Ponferrada y Las Médulas

After several days of rain prior, the weather in Ponferrada was warm and cloudless. The short walk from Molinaseca allowed for more energy to explore the wonders of this mountain town. Ponferrada’s most obvious attraction is the Templar castle located in close proximity to the entrance of the city. The site may have originally been…