The Camino Frances is a 1,000 year old, 500 mile pilgrimage route beginning on the French side of the Pyrenees and ending in the Spanish city of Santiago, in whose cathedral the remains of St James the Apostle are believed to be interred.
During 2018 306,028 pilgrims from around 200 different countries walked the Camino, 58,000 doing the whole 500 miles. Together with a friend of hers our session clerk was one of those 58,000. Over the course of six weeks of ‘Walk, eat, sleep, repeat’ they became experts on bunk beds, speedy packers and unpackers of their backpacks, made friends with so many peregrinos from such countries as Australia, South Korea, Argentina, Russia, America, Taiwan, Finland, Spain et al, and slowed down as they neared Santiago - they didn’t want it to end!
It was, and remains, a life enhancing and very special time, one which she happy to talk about with anyone who is interested.
The first opportunity to do so was on 12th October this year at a specially organised meeting in Daliburgh. The response to this was so positive that similar events are likely to follow throughout the Uists!