I started breaking in a new pair of shoes today. This pair of shoes are clunky, kind of ugly, 100% practical, and will keep my feet safe during a three and a half week, 500 mile walk across Spain. I will be walking the Camino de Santiago, starting at the end of May. The Camino is a pilgrimage that weaves its way through Northern Spain to Camino de Compostela which, in Medieval times, was believed to be the edge of the world. Traditionally people travelled the Camino to atone for their sins; I hope to treat my month walking as a time of cleansing of my heart and mind, meditating and contemplating on gratitude and how to better contribute day to day to the world and challenging myself with some big questions.
I am so excited to do this pilgrimage. I am bringing almost nothing with me. I will carry a few extra shirts and socks and a journal. I'm looking forward to time away and a lot of time to reflect and set goals. Walking 26 kilometres a day will be challenging. Having no amenities will be challenging. Having time to think and reflect and write down everything I see will be so, so refreshing and rejuvenating.
I will be taking a break from The Word Project while I'm there but will supplement with as much writing on my journey as I can. I can't wait to share it with all of you!