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.
A big part of this journey for us is about living purposefully and intentionally, which is why we’ve partnered up with The Passport Party Project to help them raise money to support young girls to get their first passport and go on their first international trip. If you feel inspired by our journey and the work of The Passport Party Project, consider donating here to help us reach our $5,000 goal by October 15th. 100% of the proceeds will be going to them. Read more about us, and why we are hiking El Camino here.
While we finished our Camino on July 9th, you’ll be reading about our journey as it unfolded until October. Each week we’ll be posting and sharing 3-4 new blogs. Then, the week before our wedding, 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!