My Camino Journey
Our arrival in Santiago de Compostela
In January 2011, I unexpectedly left my company. It sent me into premature retirement, something for which I was not mentally prepared. During this same year my wife came to the realization that her career was stalled, and there appeared to be no viable solution at her current company. As the winter months of 2011 continued to unfold and lead into spring, it became clear that now may be the time for us to embark on an adventure we had talked about for many, many years. The dream to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela was about to become a realization.
My wife was "drawn" to the Camino, but I was concerned about her taking such a difficult journey (500 mile walk) on her own. Anyway, I always loved traveling and having new experiences. I was determined not to be left at home waiting for updates about my wife's well being, and emails with pictures reading "it's so beautiful here," "I wish you here," etc. My wife was looking to clear her head, and have an epiphany about her life and its next direction. However, I had no preconceived notions about what I wanted from the trip or what to expect.
I can tell you that outside of having children, it was the most wonderful personal experience I've ever had, and there is not a day that goes by, that we do not think about our 44 day pilgrimage.
On the anniversary of my Camino start day, September 1, 2012, I escaped into my memories and relive each day, and capture them in a daily blog. With the success of my blog and encouragement by friends and blog readers, we have published an eBook based on my blog posts. Feel free to journey with me for an inside look to the Camino De Santiago De Santiago, and understand the meaning of my personal mantra "No Complaints...Shut Up and Walk."
Now available at Amazon.com