I wanted to stop in the middle of all these posts to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have visited this site over the last two years. The Camino de Santiago Forum has named this site one of the “Top 17 for 2015”, and it is a great honor to be included in that group!
There have been over 2,500 visitors and nearly 9,000 views from 80 countries around the world. These range from the United States to China, and include such diverse places as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Qatar. After the USA, the most visitors have come from Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom.
I am sure that there are many, many more sites about the Camino de Santiago that have garnered far more interest than this one, but nonetheless, I am extremely gratified that this humble travelogue (and that is what it is) has provided some small amount of pleasure and information about walking the Camino, especially for those of you who are, shall we say, “up in years” Hahaha! Get out and walk, seniors! It is the best thing you can do for your body and mind!
In June 1862, Henry David Thoreau published an essay in the Atlantic Monthly. It was simply titled, “Walking“. He considered this his best essay. Here are a couple of my favorite snippets:
“I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that- sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements”
“So we saunter toward the Holy Land, till one day the sun shall shine more brightly than ever he has done, shall perchance shine into our minds and hearts, and light up our whole lives with a great awakening light, as warm and serene and golden as on a bankside in autumn”