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Nájera to Santo Domingo de Calzada

  Extracts from my book My Camino Walk - A Way to Healing  (Chapter 11) IslandCatEditions - available as an eBook (Kindle, Kobo, iTunes) and print edition through Amazon. “There is no dilemma about whom I will travel with today. By the time I’ve packed and had breakfast, everyone has left. I'm quite happy to be on my own again because I'll be able to meditate and listen to the world. A cold wind blows and I find it hard to get warm, even with the exertion of walking. I plan to cover 21 km to the city of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Because of concern over the weight of my luggage, I only carry one guide: the Camino de  San Diego Map, by Pila Pala Press, consisting of 52 pages. It outlines the route and shows distances between [...]

By | April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Navarrete to Nájera

Extracts from my book My Camino Walk - A Way to Healing (Chapter 10) I ask Jennifer what made her decide to walk the Camino. She explains that someone had persuaded her to have an angel card reading done. “Angels are inner companions,” she explains. “They help guide you to where you need to be in your life. I also like to use angel cards, and other oracle cards for meditative purposes. I was working in an office in London and getting caught up in an endless grind that was doing nothing to feed my soul. It all seemed so purposeless, and I think if I hadn't quit, I would have been fired. I've needed for some while to find something more spiritually fulfilling.” “Do you think the Camino will help you find what you're looking for?" I ask. —— [...]

By | October 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Logroño to Navarrete

  Leaving Logrono Extracts from My Camino Walk - A Way to Healing  Chapter 9 by Timothy L. Phillips (IslandCatEditions) “…….the next significant stopping place is Navarrete, only thirteen kilometres away. However, to travel to the next major refugio in Nájera would be too much for me, so I am quite content with a shorter travelling day.” Resting under a tree “……After our lunch break, we’re ready to begin walking again, but it’s already early afternoon. The challenge is going to be in finding a refugio that’s not already full. “Despite the urgency to get back on the road quickly, we’re not dissuaded from stopping to play. A teeter-totter in the middle of town beckons, and Jennifer and Michiko have to try it out. They don’t even stop to remove their backpacks. I enjoy watching the spontaneity. [...]

By | August 4th, 2018|0 Comments

The Camino Frances continues

Every Monday, I walk 16 km around Toronto with a group of Camino aficionados. They are people who have walked the Camino or are about to: old-timers as well as neophytes. It’s delightful, that there are such beautiful green open spaces in a major metropolis, far from the sounds of any traffic.  Inevitably we share stories recounting our exploits on this ancient pilgrimage route and the wisdom we have gained. Walking with this group rekindles an intense longing to pick up backpack and head once more to Santiago de Compostela. The Camino is like a powerful drug that draws me in like a high-grade narcotic. I feel good when walking the Camino because it is often an adventure into the unknown - not just the physical journey but where it takes us emotionally and spiritually. I often feel that I [...]

By | May 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Exciting News!!

Yes, the long-awaited print edition of my book: "My Camino Walk - A Way to Healing" (IslandCatEditions) is out and will be available for order either through Amazon or from me direct. Just a temporary glitch is that Amazon want to ensure that I am the author. I can vouch for that although there were times during the writing where  I feel I had been"channeled." Is that what inspiration is about? However, Amazon assures me that you will be able to order the print- book within the next 24 hours. Thank you, Amazon! I also hope to have some copies with me this Saturday. Meanwhile, you can still order the eBook version through Kindle, Kobo or iTunes. Image of the author with walking poles More exciting news: I will be presenting, Saturday 28th October,  at the twice-yearly "All things Camino" meeting [...]

By | October 26th, 2017|1 Comment

Fighting with nuns

Why would I pick a fight with nuns? I seem to bump into several of them walking the Camino. I’m walking for spiritual reasons. They’re  walking for religious reasons. As I mentioned in my book “My Camino Walk - a Way to Healing,” (published 2016 by IslandCatEditions) when I walked in 2010, I met a nun from California. She provided a suitable scapegoat for my rant about the history of the Catholic Church: the Crusades, the Reformation, the Inquisition, the Residential Schools, the physical mistreatment and sexual abuse of young people, the patriarchy and other injustices. She successfully deflected my vitriol by agreeing that the history of the Church is not good but that she was involved in what she hoped was a meaningful way by working with poor people and drug addicts. I realize one can't pick a fight [...]

By | May 29th, 2017|0 Comments

 The Camino continues….

  It's been more than a week after I arrived in Santiago de Compostela at the end of my 1000 km walk from Seville. Because of an unexplained and continual longing for sardines and vintage port, I ended up traveling to Porto to relax, catch up on sleep and indulge (in moderation) my desire for such things. Why the picture of the above famous stairway in a bookstore? Because J.K Rowling spent time here in Portugal teaching to make ends meet before finding literary success with her Harry Potter series. Not that there's any connection with my modest little literary effort entitled "My Camino walk - A Way to Healing," published by IslandCatEditions and available as an eBook with Kindle, Kobo and iTunes. Meanwhile, I'm just spending time hanging out, enjoying the city and surrounding areas and trying to process [...]

By | May 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Relaxing in Port

The title of this posting seems a little decadent as if it were some rather extravagant spa treatment. I decided to make the journey to Oporto in Portugal once I completed my walk from Seville to Santiago de Compostela. During my daily journey of walking northward, I found myself thinking about grilled sardines. It became almost a fixation - lightly salted and slightly crisp on the skin. Nothing complicated about the recipe. I also got thinking about Vintage ports. Another reason to spend some time here. A vintage year has to be declared through an approved independent regulating board, so not every year is vintage. There has to be sufficient excellence of quality among 85% of growers. I'm not interested in Ruby, Tawny or Late Bottle Vintage. The latter is not the same as Vintage. Trouble is the 20 year [...]

By | May 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Arrived in Santiago de Compostela

First sighting of Santiago This is my first time approaching Santiago de Compostela from the south. On the Camino Frances, the entry to the city is less charming and seems to be walking through an endless suburbia of busy roads. On this route, topping the brow of a hill on small roads, there it is in all its ancient glory. According to my poorly translated guidebook, the final 20 kilometres is described as difficult. I'm not so sure I agree for the reasons given. However, my journey was difficult for other reasons - some of my own making. I have alluded several times to being hypnotized by the route. I should be focussed on looking for yellow painted arrows or scallop shells indicating  that I am on the right path. I continue on in a dream like state. [...]

By | May 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Silk purses, sow’s ears and Blue Nun

Sow's ears Sorry I haven't posted for several days. I always need to find a reliable source for Wifi and it isn't always available when walking the Camino. I was in Orense and trying all sort of tapas, including Pig's ears. Three generation from the family run this restaurant including a nineteen-year-old who is washing these ears with a nobbled glove. Just had to try the specialty. Can't say I really liked it, although I want to post this photo to horrify my vegetarian friends. And this photo, with glass held high, is to horrify my non-drinking friends. Seriously though, a brilliant local red wine - chilled somewhat to hide its many imperfections, but deliciously crisp. Obviously I am enjoying it, especially having walked 45 kilometres today. Just another 40 and I arrive in Santiago de Compostela. However, [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|0 Comments