St. Jean Pied-de-Port a look at the town

 

My journey on the Camino de Santiago started in September 2017. At the time I wrote blogged entries with pictures whenever I could. Now, three years later, it is time to revisit the journey; I am re-posting the entries with a few updates. Enjoy.

The Camino has begun

The church in St. Jean Pied-de-Port France

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont XIV in St. Jean Pied-de-Port

The church bells are ringing announcing that it is 6 o’clock in the evening. In an hour it will be the Pilgrim’s Mass at Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont XIV. The service would be in French and it would conclude with a Pilgrims’ Blessing. The Camino has begun.

A few Challenges

I arrived yesterday amid a few challenges. First, an onboard computer of the KLM plane decided not to work. I was a little nervous hearing that from the captain. However, I made it to Amsterdam without any further challenges.

After a 40-minute wait to clear passport control, I searched for my next departure gate. As the hour to board the next plane approached, I looked and, lo-and-behold, the flight was delayed by 30 min! I wondered if I would make the next connection in Paris because there was only 60 minutes to get to the next plane, which was in a different terminal. It was amazing to see so many people running through airport corridors when we landed. I made the next flight with only minutes to spare to go to the washroom. After a few bumps in the air the plane landed, I was almost green (I never outgrew motion sickness).  But my suitcase was the second one on the belt.

A view of St. Jean Pied-de-Port

A View of St. Jean Pied-de-Port from the historic wall.

St. Jean Pied-de-Port

The drive to St. Jean Pied-de-Port from the airport was interesting—rush hour and many traffic circles (a good combination for the poor soul who gets motion sick). I have never seen a traffic circle on a highway before either, but the French knew what to do.

After I arrived, the hotel owner informed me that there was trouble with the room and she has booked me into another hotel. Today, the room was ready.

Most of the morning I spent exploring St. Jean Pied-de-Port. It was from this town that the French Priest, Aymeric Picard, travelled the pilgrim road and wrote a detailed guide why back in the 12th Century.

Tomorrow morning the walking starts and 26 km awaits.

A word or two about the Camino

Why would someone want to walk 800 km?

As I discovered, there are many different reasons. The space here wouldn't be enough to share with you the reason's why someone decided to walk the Camino. By the way, I have heard of people actually running the Camino; the 800 km in 7 days!

I walked the Camino for a Sabbath rest—far away from everything. It was just me. It was what I needed. It was time for personal reflection. It was time to Be still and know that I am God.

Some people walk together in a group. I didn't. Each day I walked with someone different; at times we walked together for 1 km and at other times almost the whole day.

Some people decide to sleep in hostels while other people prefer to sleep in other accommodations. I opted for the latter. And a Camino Company arranged my accommodation from start to finish. This way I did not have to worry about where I was going to sleep and if there will be room in the hostels.

Final thought

Perhaps you are considering a pilgrimage. Perhaps you are curious about the Camino de Santiago. I would like to share with you my experience on the Camino through reflections and photos on the third anniversary of my journey on the Camino de Santiago.

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