|las escaleras de mallona in the casco viejo|
Last year I lived in Galicia, and when some amazing friends took me to see the historic Santiago Cathedral, I knew from the start that I had to walk the Camino de Santiago.
This dream compounded when I fell in love with the song "Always" by Judd and Maggie, and when I discovered a dusty copy of The Pilgramage by Paulo Coelho in my favorite bookstore I knew that all signs pointed to yes. I had watched the pilgrims make their way down the Mallona Stairs to the Plaza Unamuno every day on my way to my apartment, and it would be my summer adventure to join them.
It seems intuitive that the best way to connect the dots of my experiences of two years living in Spain, is, to misuse a Spanish saying, to "make a bridge" between my home this year and last year and walk the 500 kilometers of the ruta del norte and the camino primitivo from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela.
So that is what I am doing now--updates soon to come.
Wish me luck and BUEN CAMINO.