Camino del Santiago

Pat peck at the end of the camino

Patricia Peck

Last Friday, I was blessed to have a lady-friend of mine named Patricia Peck come over and tell me all about her adventure walking the Camino del Santiago. It’s a medieval path taken as a pilgrimage that starts in France (Pat stayed a couple of days in Paris before she headed out and regrets it. “It’s an expensive big city and I just really wanted to get on my way.” she said) and ends at St. James Cathedral in Santiago, Spain. The scallop shell (seen in the picture on the left) and yellow arrows serve to mark the path all along the 500 mile route. Click here to read more about the way of St. James.

I made fresh coffee and apple cake and she brought with her mementos of her trip, including her daily path guide which showed her a little bit of what she could expect on her walk that day, her passport which got stamped at each place she stayed and the scrap book that her nephew’s wife had made from all of her FaceBook pictures and postings. (I used some of those same pictures here in this post.) 

My friends eyes just lit up as she started talking about her trip all the way around the world, walking 500 miles through two countries all by herself.

(These aren’t her words exactly but a very close representation of what she told me. Next time, I’ll record our conversation.) 

“I’m not really even sure why I wanted to go.” she said “but I knew it was something I just had to do.”

camino path

pathway along the Camino del Santiago

“As I was walking, I thought about what I was supposed to learn from walking 500 miles through two different countries where I don’t even speak the language.” her eyes twinkled as she told me, “I remember walking along one day, about two thirds of the way through my trip, and all I could hear were the birds, the wind, and the sound of my feet on the stone pathway and that’s when I felt it. I hadn’t seen another person for over two hours, and there were no houses or buildings of any kind in sight, I was completely alone, and that’s when I realized I wasn’t really alone at all. God was there with me. Of course, He’d always had been with me and always would be, but at that moment I completely felt His presence through me and all around me.”

I could feel tingles all over my body as she recounted this part of the story. I could see in her eyes that this moment, still present in her memory, had changed her and helped her to grow and unfold, as only a sacred gift can.

Wow! Over the next two hours she talked about all the people she met, including meeting new friends from Egypt (and getting a new hat!), sharing rooms with and sleeping next to strange people (including men) and sharing her meals and laughing with people she would never see again.

trees on the camino

trees along the Camino del Santiago

Pat had many more adventures including the time her money got stolen and an ‘angel’ helped her get back on her way. She has a special gift for meeting ‘Earth angels’, people who reach out to help from the goodness of their heart. All morning, as she told me about her trip, she kept telling me about these special people who just ‘happened’ to come along at ‘exactly the right moment’ to help her out.

I think the greatest part of her story is that all along the way she recognized the love and generosity of God and his ‘angels’. Walking along the Camino del Santiago offered Pat a chance to really experience and accept those gifts. Her sincere appreciation of God’s gifts is such a wonderful story and a gift in itself. I’m so glad she shared it with me.

Pat is thinking about turning her story into a book! I can’t wait to read it and I’ll make sure to let you know when it’ll be available.

Have a most wonderful day, my friendly blog reader.

xoxo Pam

p.s. When it’s time to feed your soul, remember to follow your passion. Even if you don’t completely understand it, you’ll grow from the effort of it.

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5 comments on “Camino del Santiago
  1. Well written story about our mutual friend, Pat.
    About a year ago, before I met Pat & Pam I had an interesting experience. I was on my way to see a terminally ill friend, as I drove I listened to MPR story about a man who had walked the El Camino. He said it was absolutely life changing! And then in Nov. 2012.I met Pat, she told me there is a reason she met me. Pam told me we were going to be very good friends. Both friends are correct, we now share many connections with each other. Instant friends!
    Thank you for your story!

  2. Sara Jensen says:

    ¡Hola! Mi nombre es Sara Lynggaard Jensen y soy una estudiante danes. Estoy estudiando en un instituto en Dinamarca que se llama Viborg Katedralskole. Tengo que escribir un informe sobre el Camino de Santiago. Quiero estudiar/investigar qué mitivos tiene la gente del siglo veintiuno para hacer El Camino de Santiago. Estaría muy agradecida, si pudieras responder a las siguientes preguntas:
    1) ¿Eres hombre o mujer?
    2) ¿Cuántos años tienes?
    3) ¿Has ido más de una vez la ruta?
    4) ¿Has hecho todfo el viaje o solamente una parte? ¿Cuántos kilómetros?
    5)  ¿Eres religioso? Si contetas que sí, ¿qué religión es?
    6) ¿Eres practicante?
    7) ¿De dónde conoces el Camino de Santiago?
    8) ¿Qué razones tienes para hacer la ruta de peregrinación?
    Por ejemplo; para buscarse a si mismo, la comunidad, motivos religiosos, tales como acercarse a Dios, gozar de la naturaleza o está buscando respuestas a cosas y sentimientos que no puedes explicar
    9) ¿Cómo va el viaje? ¿Es por ejemplo con la bicicleta, caballo o a pié?
    10) ¿Qué esperabas del viaje?
    11) ¿Conseguiste lo que esperabas o algo diferente?
    12) ¿Sientes que el camino te ha cambiado?
    13) ¿Por qué crees que la gente en el siglo veinte va la ruta de peregrinación?
    Por ejemplo; para buscarse a si mismo, la comunidad, motivos religiosos, tales como acercarse a Dios, gozar de la natureleza o está buscando respuestas a cosas y sentimientos que no puedes explicar?
    14) ¿Crees que las peregrinaciones han cambiado con el tiemp? ¿Cómo?

  3. Thanks for your interest, Sarah. I have forwarded your questions on to Pat Peck, the lady who took the journey along the Camino. I’m sure she’ll be contacting you soon with answers to your questions. Thanks again for coming to Current Inspiration. I’m really glad you’re here! xoox

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