All posts tagged: camino de santiago

Camino de Santiago: A 500-Mile Pilgrimage for Park Preservation [The Conversation Fund]

My name is Jessica. I have been called an outdoorsy person, once or twice. I hike. I boulder. I trail run. I camp. My very first memory was going on a hike. My father has worked security for state & national parks for as long as I have known him, despite all of his short-coming I have learned to love & respect nature from him. He was leading me along a trail in the autumn, my toddler self kept complaining about the newly gifted hiking boots were hurting my feet. We paused a few times along the trail so my father could loosen the laces around my ankles to prevent blistering. When we finally got home & my father was taking off my boots, we discovered a giant beetle had crawled down the loosened ankles of my boots. I screamed & cried for hours after seeing the hard-shelled bug attached to my socks. My father kept taking me into the bathroom to show me my safe foot in the mirror after he released the beetle outside, …

Camino de Santiago Pre-Planning: Overview & Trip Delay

Thousands of pilgrims each year follow in the early 9th century footsteps that carved this path to the burial site of an evangelical apostle. So what does a non-Kosher Jew in her mid-20’s from Chicago expect to get out of this experience? It’s not a very interesting story, I want to prove to myself that I can do it. I do not have a wayward life story or emotional strife of Cheryl Strayed. I have had a stable professional career since I graduated uni in 2013, I have been fortunate enough to earn opportunities that allowed me to live as a Digital Nomad going on two years. While neither myself or my life are perfect, I am content. As my mum has often asked me since I told her about this hike, why not join a gym if I want to prove I can be strong or adopt a puppy if I want to demonstrate independence? I have never been an intimidating person, I am lanky & petite girl that people inherently want to coddle …