Medieval Adventures and Modern Pilgrimages meet in Spain
|Metal sculptures representing pilgrims through the ages.|
Throughout most of human history, travel has been an expensive and dangerous undertaking. In our modern world of planes, trains and luxury automobiles, we've forgotten the dangers and discomforts of shipwrecks, illness, blistered feet, bad weather, and bandits.
But we are a species that loves to travel. Our medieval counterparts often used pilgrimages as an excuse to travel, embracing a spiritual adventure while satisfying the physical need to see something new.
During the Middle Ages, the three great pilgrim sites were Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostela.
|The big lesson of The Way: No matter what, keep on walking.|
I walked much of the route in 2012. The walk changed me in many ways, but one of the profound was the realization that's it's not just the journey that's important. The destination is of equal importance.
The Journey's End, whether it's physical, spiritual, or emotional, is what keeps you moving forward when your feet ache, your heart hurts, and nothing is right in the world.
Because I am recovering from hand surgery, I'm sharing lots of photos today rather than words. Enjoy.
|Pilgrims built this spiral by a rock when they pass.|
|Almost everywhere you go, people wish you a good walk.|
|If you saw the movie, The Way, this is where our pilgrims meet Jack from Ireland.|
|No I did not dress up. I stuck my head in a cardboard cutout for this photo. I was outside the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, which keeps two chickens in residence because of a miracle performed by Santo Domingo.|
|About 2/3s of the way there in Portomarinin Galicia|
|The Destination: Cathedral of Santiago.|
Keena Kincaid writes historical romances in which passion, magic and treachery collide to create unforgettable stories. You can find out more about her books at: http://prairierosepublications.com