How to Do the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage (Spain)

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About Catherine Driver:

Just like everyone in this group, travel is an obsession of mine. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, which fueled my love for all things European. I lived in London, England which allowed me to travel throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the UK is still somewhere I go back to often because it feels like home to me. I have also travelled around Italy, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Iran, usually choosing to focus on one country per year. This past summer, I took a three-month leave from work to walk the Camino de Santiago, take Turkish lessons in Istanbul and visit England. I have officially run out of money, so 2018 will just be a quickie to London, but my next top destinations are Georgia/Armenia, the Stans, India and Israel/Palestine/Jordan/Lebanon.

CAMINO EXPERIENCE

Everyone has a different reason for walking the way of St. James.

For me, walking the 800km Camino de Santiago was something I’ve wanted to do for over 20 years after studying the cathedral in Art History class and realizing what an amazing adventure it would be.

I’ve been feeling a little stuck at work and with life in Vancouver, so I decided that this would be the year I would take a leave of absence in order to complete this five-week journey from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela.

I walked the most popular of the Camino routes, the Camino Frances (French Way), and everything I heard and read about it was true.

It is physically and mentally challenging, the scenery is diverse and stunning, the peace and quiet is blissful and I met people who would inspire me and become life-long friends.

I am excited to share all of my experiences about what to expect from the Camino, what resources are available, what to bring and what not to bring, daily costs, challenges, surprises and takeaways from this wonderful adventure!

People say that once you walk one Camino, it’s like an addiction (kind of like tattoos), so if this is a bucket list item or something you’ve been a little curious about, pack your backpack, put on your hiking shoes and go.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending this meetup. Seats are limited so please arrive early to reserve your spot and respect the speaker. We're looking forward to seeing you there as we all learn how to plan and do the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage!