James Carrion


James Carrion

I am a pilgrim walking the ancient path of the Saint James Way - The Camino de Santiago.

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Palencia May 20th 2010

Well I can see I am not cut out for this blogger gig as content is king and I have been a lazy writer for the last nine days. So much has happened in the last week it is difficult to summarize it all. May 10, 2010 The next morning Bogdan and I walked on to Viana. One thing you will notice as you walk the Camino is that in addition to the steady stream of yellow arrows that mark the way, Pilgrims also leaves signs of their own as memorials or to supplement the yellow arrows in areas that are poorly marked. Bogdan and I had the biggest laugh when we came across the “manure” arrow that someone creatively thought to craft from fresh horse droppings and sticks. May 11, 2010 The next morning we ... read more

Europe » Spain » Navarre May 10th 2010

Sorry I have been silent for the last few days but when you get to your next destination after walking between 19 - 26 kilometers through rain and mud, the only thing you think about is a warm shower and a nap, followed by dinner. Then it is lights out so you are rested up enough to continue the trek. Puente La Reina has an amazing church called the Church of the Crucifix which some historians believe to be of Templar Origen. There is an unusual Christ crucified hanging on a Y shaped cross. After a restless night in Puente La Reina, I set off with Bogdan, a Canadian Filmmaker, Sue from Australia and Velda from New Zealand towards the town of Estella. As soon as we crossed over the medieval bridge, I ran into an ... read more
The Road Continues
Friends on the Camino
Nice Albuergue - Friendly Service

Europe » Spain May 6th 2010

Well it´s official. The Spanish headlines declared it the coldest weather in Navarra for the last 130 years. Cold, wet and muddy. Yesterday it was a very long haul from Pamplona up to the Alto de Perdon trudging through mud. I had poorly planned and did not bring any food in my pack, expecting to hit a Bar along the way and a bocadillo of ham and cheese. Once I was past the last town on the way up the hill I realized that there would be no place to eat until I came down the other side and after five hours of walking I was very hungry. The Camino always provides and I was fortunate to meet up'with a 71 year old New Zealander named Valerie who was very gracious in sharing her lunch with ... read more
Alto de Perdon
Happy Pilgrim
Fellow Pilgrims

Europe » Spain » Navarre May 4th 2010

The first day of the Camino was the most difficult - walking across the Pyrenees from St. Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles. It was drizzling rain, when Ben, a pilgrim from Los Angeles, and I set out from St. Jean. The initial trek was steep and long and Ben was not acclimated to the altitiude and had trouble catching a breath. My lungs felt fine but I was dreading the downhill into Roncesvalles which has always been hell on my knees. The scenery was amazing! There was a mist that lifted from the valley floor and hung in the air before dematerializing like a ghost. The sounds of cow bells were everywhere. As we gained altitude the rain turned into sleet and soon we were trekking through matted leaves and mud. When we got to ... read more
Collegiate Church
St. Jean Pied de Port

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid May 2nd 2010

I only got four hours of sleep last night, probably due to feeling a little excited and anxious about the journey. I had everything ready to go, having spent much time packing and unpacking, deciding what to take and what to leave behind. I remembered that on my first trip in 2001, with no idea what to expect, how much I over-packed trying to anticipate every need along the way. This time I am carrying a scant 20 pounds - thanks to experience and modern technology. However, the emotional baggage I carry this time is much heavier than it was in 2001. There’s a saying that on the Camino, everyone suffers - some physically and some emotionally. Although, I can’t anticipate what physical difficulties may lay ahead, I already sense the emotional ambushes that will happen ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins April 30th 2010

Tomorrow I start a journey that I logistically planned for over a year but which I have been planning for in my heart much longer. In 2001, I went on a pilgrimage to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago and ever since I have been yearning to return. That day is finally here and I am filled with excitement. No one can truly understand what the Camino is about until they have walked it for themself. It is more than just a backpacking trip, more than just a hike and more than just cheap tourism. It is a sacred journey that symbolizes life itself - birth, death and rebirth. Many pilgrims are called to walk the Camino when they experience a major event in their life - the death of a loved one, the loss ... read more

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