Continuing The Journey: A Library and a Garden

"If you have a garden and library, that is all you need." - Cicero Having somehow found and retained enough material boons in my life--in the form of money from supernatural sources and saving what was earned in the Navy and invested here and there--I used all of what...

Coming Home

After returning short-handed from the incredible landscape-filled St. Paul Trail, thinking about the high-speed spontaneity which took me from Santiago, to Tangier to Marrakesh, to Turkey and Antalya and the Taurus Mountains and finally back to Antalya, I was suddenly...

The St. Paul Trail

Perga I started my walk on the St. Paul Trail from Perga, the same place he would have started his initial sermons, a momentous point in history as it represented the first time Christianity was preached outside of Palestine. Another starting point is to the east at a...

These Feet Were Made For Walking

I finished updating my map to show the entirety of the walking in Spain, where I went with my mom, and my brief detour to Morocco. Leaving Morocco Aside from the pull to walk more, in truth I found Morocco a bit overwhelming and unenjoyable with the barrage of...

Morocco

I'm not sure what I was expecting coming to Morocco: somewhere different, a little shocking even, away from the comforts and ease of home or from cultures similar to home like Europe. My idea was to try and meet actual Moroccans and not just other travelers, and to...

Reflecting on the Camino

Where one journey ends, another begins. On a long bus ride from Santiago de Compostela I wanted to write my final reflections about the Camino. Perhaps final is a poor choice of words, for one statement I heard that resonated with was that "the Camino begins in...

Travels With My Mother

It was a perfect coincidence that my mother was visiting my sister Laura's family in Berlin in September, and ended up finishing her visit there a day or two after I reached Finisterra. She made a monumental effort to come to Santiago before heading back home to...

The End of the World

Day 26 Saying goodbye to Maciek was hard, as for once I knew we would not meet again on the Camino. Before, saying goodbye was relatively easy as there was always the chance, the likelihood even, in the back of the mind that you'll meet again. We parted ways amidst...

Santiago

Day 23 I left Ferreira with the three Brazilians at a nice easy pace, the day filled with discussions about girls and cervezas, questions about each other's countries, and stops for coffee occasionally too. The Brazilians had me thoroughly convinced that Brazilian...

The Roman Walls of Lugo

Day 21 (September 15th, 2016) The rain that came in and the fog that set in about the grove of oak trees meant a wet night even wrapped in my sleeping bag. But the bag, it still kept me warm. There aren't many pictures to tell of this day, at least the early, walking...

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