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  • Writer's pictureJim Parks, CFP, AIF

The Camino de Santiago: A Journey of a Lifetime.

The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage route that stretches across Europe, ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This journey is not just a physical trek, but also a spiritual one, filled with reflection, self-discovery, and community.

Our Camino journey took us along the Central Portuguese route, starting in Porto and ending in Santiago de Compostela. The trail is known for its stunning scenery, rolling hills, and charming villages along the way… and it did not disappoint.

The journey was both challenging and rewarding. The long days of walking, mostly in cold rain, tested my physical endurance. It would have been a much harder experience if it wasn’t for the support of my fellow pilgrims (Nicole, Aunt Fran, and Uncle Don).

We stayed in albergues (pilgrim hotels and hostels) and shared meals with pilgrims from all over the world. We bonded over our shared experiences and supported each other along the way.

The Camino is a time for personal reflection and growth. As I walked, I had the opportunity to reflect on my life, priorities, and goals. This time for introspection allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of myself and what I want from life.

One of the most memorable moments of the trip was arriving in Santiago de Compostela. After walking for several weeks, finally reaching the Cathedral of Santiago, and receiving my Compostela (certificate of completion) was a powerful experience. I felt a deep sense of accomplishment and was grateful for the journey that had taken me there.

I would recommend the journey of the Camino de Santiago to anyone seeking a physical and spiritual challenge. The combination of breathtaking scenery, community, and personal reflection makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

I left the Camino with a sense of peace and a deeper understanding of myself and the world around me, and for that I am truly grateful.


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