The search for my backpack started as soon as I made the decision to walk the Camino. Aside from actually buying flights, this was the next big thing I needed to commit myself to lest I back out of the plan forever. And so, every now and then I would go into adventure stores around Toronto, comparing prices and brands and thinking about the advantages of having a front zipper and extra straps. Here is a piece of unsolicited advice: given the choice, you ALWAYS go for a pack with a front zipper! Thank me later.

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“It is only right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give You thanks, Father, most holy…” were the words that repeated in my mind as I took my last few steps into Praza do Obradoiro, where the imposing Catedral de Santiago stands majestically as the centerpiece of the famous square, and more importantly, where my Camino (and so many others’) would meet its end.

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“Say what you came here to say” is one of the prompts written in the guidebook on what we should do once we arrive in Santiago.

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Of all the prayer cards I received throughout the Camino (and believe me, as a pilgrim, you receive MANY of them), this one written by Fraydino from Santa Maria la Real in O Cebreiro left a quite the impression on me.

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Without a doubt, one of the many questions I get asked when I share my stories revolve around what a day is like on the Camino.

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