On May 2nd, 2014, we started our long journey of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Lourdes, France. There are a number of traditional routes beginning all over Europe, but we have picked the Camino Frances, a 500+ mile hike across southern France and northern Spain.
El Camino is an ancient pilgrimage that ends in Santiago de Compostela, where it is said the remains of St. James the Great are buried. People have been making this pilgrimage since medieval times. And while it started out as a Christian journey, many people of different religions (or even no religion at all) are inspired to make the journey for many reasons.
For us, at its core, it has to do with self-discovery, love, grief, and acceptance. This story isn’t just about us on our present journey, but it is also about our past, future, and the people we hold near and dear. While we are walking El Camino together, our underlying purposes are different.
For that reason we have chosen to write about our individual, unique experiences, and not read what the other one writes, until we are done. We’ve agreed to write vulnerably and honestly, sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly, even if the ugly sucks. And you, as the reader, will be the only one who knows both sides of the story.
While we finished our Camino on July 9th, you’ll be reading about our journey as it unfolded until we are done posting. Our goal is post a new blog post two times a week. When we are done, we’ll each read everything the other person wrote.
One thing we learned along the way, is that the Camino begins after the Camino. Buen Camino! Thanks for joining us in our journey.