Tomorrow is the big day. I am scheduled to leave tomorrow morning with my kids. We will fly to Newark and then it is on to Madrid. We will meet Feige there and then transit to Pamplona. We will spend the night in Pamplona and then start the Camino the next day.
I have recently read Phil Cousineau's book: The Art of Pilgrimage. I found the following in that book:
For a journey without challenge has no meaning; one without purpose has no soul.
This journey will be challenging for all of us. None of us have ever walked 700 kilometers (434 Miles) My purpose, you can ask my wife and kids about their purpose, is to spend quality time with my children and wife away from most electronic temptations. I find peace in hanging out in the wilderness and hope to reconnect with nature. Connecting with nature is really difficult living in a city of 19,000,000. I am also hoping to taste some good Spanish food and wine.
I am a psychologist. I have been practicing in Beijing, China for almost ten years. This summer I plan to walk the Camino de Santiago with my wife and kids.
"I lost my way, I forgot to call on your name. The raw heart beat against the world, and the tears were for my lost victory. But you are here. You have always been here. The world is all forgetting, and the heart is a rage of directions, but your name unifies the heart, and the world is lifted into its place. Blessed is the one who waits in the traveller’s heart for his turning."
—Leonard Cohen, Poem #50, from "The Book o... full info