It is with great excitement that I announce that I am going to walk the Camino de Santiago, this June, solo.
If you are not familiar with this ancient pilgrimage route, here is a short description.
What is Camino de Santiago?
The Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrims’ ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts.
Why do I plan to do the Camino?
I first read Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Pilgrimage’ while I was in high school. The Pilgrimage is a recollection of Paulo’s experiences as he made his way across northern Spain on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
When I decided I wanted to do something special for my birthday, a long trekking, or camping is the first plan that came to my mind. Since wild camping is not allowed in Germany, I had to look for alternatives. I saw Camino de Santiago mentioned in one such forum, and it struck a cord with me. A journey to self discovery, an adventure, a brand new socializing experience – an all in one package. On top of it, I decided to walk the path alone.
Back in my home state in India, we have a famous pilgrimage shrine – Sabarimala. The pilgrims follow months of rigorous routine, and walk to the hill top temple dedicated to Lord Ayappa – the spawn of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Unfortunately, women are (has the supreme court order changed the practice?) not allowed to undertake the pilgrimage. Through my Camino, I also want to prove to myself that I can undertake the rigorous demands of an ancient pilgrimage route.
The Pilgrimage: When and How?
I will doing the pilgrimage on June 3rd week. I will fly by Rynair from my current city, Frankfurt to Santiago in Spain. I will be taking a bus ride from Santiago till Sarria, to walk the last 115 kilometres of Camino de Frances. I will be sleeping at the pilgrim dormitories or Albegues on the way. My backpack, the only constant companion.
How can you be part of my pilgrimage?
I have started a fund raising campaign on ‘GoGetFunding’. Eighty percent of the funds raised would go to ‘GiveIndiaFundraisers’, and to their girl child education campaigns. If you like to contribute and support my journey, please do so at https://gogetfunding.com/camino-de-santiago-june/.
Please visit https://gogetfunding.com/camino-de-santiago-june/ to know more about my campaign.
Meanwhile, I will keep this blog updated with my journey preparations.
P.S Stay tuned for my next post, which will be about a conference that I will be attending at Amsterdam on 8th – 9th of June. See you all later!
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