Friday

Reunited and it feels so goooooood

Jameson made it back to Virginia, safe and sound.  We have been (sort of) hiding out in Northern, Virginia, resting.  His second day back my Mom asked  us to make our special vegetarian sushi for her friends.  The cooking was therapeutic. 



Tuesday

A Post Camino Thank You:

Thank You:

To my hat (for your shade)

To my bag (for weighing very little)

To my sleeping bag (sorry I kicked a hole in you on our first night and I had to stitch you up with rope)

To my water bottle (for holding water)

To my poncho (for keeping me dry and warm)

and To my shoes (I cannot believe you made it the whole way)

Fun Facts:
(all numbers are approximate)

Walked: 342 kilometers
Drank: 25.5 liters of water
Ate: 1,475 grams of nuts
Followed: 3,815 yellow arrows
Stepped in: 6 piles of livestock poop
Blisters: 0

Monday

Family and friends, I have safely completed the Camino Portugu├ęs, plus a little extra.
I walked my planned route in about one week and had a few days left over, so I continued to Muxia, on the coast as did many ancient pilgrims who followed the Camino de Santiago.


Just to give you a brief history on the Camino:

Santiago de Compostela is a city in northern Spain, an area known as Galicia. The cathedral in the city center contains the beheaded body of Saint James. According to legend, after he was executed, his apostles brought the body by boat back to northern Spain for burial in the land where he practiced his ministry.

The exact burial site was lost over time, but in 820 AD remains of a tomb were found and the body was confirmed by the Catholic church along with other civil authorities to be those of Saint James the Greater.
The area his remains were found eventually became the city of Santiago de Compostela.

The pilgrimage to Santiago has been a tradition since the body's discovery, with monks and devoted catholics from all around Europe walking great distances to pay their respects to Saint James. Many continued past Santiago de Compostela to end their journey in either Fisterra, which at the time was considered the end of the known world, or Muxia, where Saint James's ministry began and where his apostles began when they journeyed with his body for burial.

According to legend Saint James was visited by the Virgin Mary, who sailed on a boat made of stone to the coast of Muxia to aid Saint James in preaching the gospel. The remains of the stone boat can still be seen on the coast today. Though you sort of have to use your imagination.

This journey was very important for me. I had a list of things I wanted to work on within myself and I learned lessons along the way that I had never planned to learn.

It was an absolutely beautiful trip and I hope to return to you as a better person for having done this voyage.


Friday

A note from home

Sometimes you get to a place where money just looks like numbers.  You forget all the hours and hours that you worked to make 2,000 dollars and it all seems like vanity because you just want to use it to be somewhere for a few days.  This is how I feel right now, with Jameson on the other side of the world.  I am comfortable, in my beautiful mother's beautiful home with everything that I could ever want... but I have always been attracted to adventure.  I see pay checks as plane tickets.  Greater education is being in the middle of nowhere with the sun and the moon and the trees.  It is difficult for me to think of my greatest love adventuring in some far off place, learning important lessons about life and himself while I am back where I began. Although I have this deep desire in me to go and meet him on the road for the next two weeks, I know that I have already chosen my path for this time and it is a much  more subtle one.  My lessons are going to take a different type of discipline.  I am ready for the challenge but I hope that I have the inner fortitude to learn what I need to learn and to not constantly distract myself.  
Friends, wish me well on my journey too.  To be in the same place with people who have known me my entire life and to focus on interacting with them out of love and gratitude.  To find beauty in the small and simple things of everyday life.  
-Laney