Indagare member Noelle Alejandra Salmi recently returned from trekking the Camino de Santiago, Spain’s famed pilgrimage. Here are her impressions from such an ambitious trip.
I just returned from an incredible journey, walking the last five days of the famed Camino de Santiago. Together with five girlfriends from Barcelona, where I live, we trekked with backpacks through forests, pastures and small villages in Spain’s rural Galicia province.
The best-known route for the Camino de Santiago begins in the French Pyrenees, traversing westward across northern Spain until reaching Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the apostle James were said to have been brought from Jerusalem.
The Camino de Santiago has been drawing pilgrims since at least 900 AD. In fact, so many pilgrims traveled the Camino that it’s credited with bringing central European architecture and culture to Spain during the Middle Ages. Nowadays, as many people travel the Camino for personal reasons as for religious ones. Equipped with proper shoes, backpacks and walking sticks, modern pilgrims usually complete the whole trek from France in about a month. Those...