I’m just a normal dude philosophizing about life and culture¬†while trying to inspire others to take their own journeys.

Andrew Haacke

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Alone on a Cliff

Day 10 I left the picturesque medieval town of Santilla del Mar at 6:30 after a night of little sleep. A pack of 6 middle-aged French, Spanish, and Belgian men were out late drinking, and made a ruckus whenever they came back in, turning on the lights here and there,...

A Night at the Beach

Since the beginning of the Camino del Norte, I’ve been constantly weighing whether to suddenly decide to camp a night on the beach, even though it’s forbidden as many people remind me. On day 6 I thought of spontaneously leaving the albergue I’d...

The Same Old Way

Walking Without a Guide In France, one of the first things I did in Le Puy-en-Velay was buy a guidebook to provide information about the walk, places to stay, food to eat, distances to following places, getting unlost, etc. In the Pyrenees I didn’t have one,...

Camino del Norte

The First Day Something about the first day of a Camino, everyone is excited and rearing to go. I didn’t see it in Le Puy-en-Velay, but I saw it in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port even with everyone heading a different direction from me, and I certainly saw it the...

The Pyrenees – Part 2

Day 32 (August 24, 2016) I left Bidarray before the crack of dawn, almost too early as the darkness made it hard to make sure I was following the right trail. Even after dawn, the day looked to be a cloudy one, even as I ascended the morning’s mountain by...

The Pyrenees

There are lots of pictures this post, so if the page is sluggish to load, that’s why. Hopefully it’s not too bad. My last post I mentioned the singing Basque man at dinner. He has various videos of him up on Youtube showing him singing and saying cheers at...