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Linda Meyers: Giving Thanks along The Way <i>Part 1</i>

The Way of St. James—the Camino de Santiago—is a network of ancient pilgrim routes that stretches across Europe and comes together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia in northwest Spain.

Since the Camino has been popularized over the past decade or so by Shirley MacLaine’s book The Camino: A Journey of Spirit, (2000) and by the movie The Way (2010), starring Martin Sheen, tens of thousands of people travel The Way each year.

For some, the Camino is a religious pilgrimage. For others it is a kind of spiritual retreat—a way to remove themselves, if only for 500 miles and 33 days, from the hustle and bustle of modern life. And then again, more and more people come for sport—to hike the well-worn “byway turned highway,” or to trade the mules of yesteryear for bicycles. Even the rustic track itself has morphed in some places to pavement where medieval hamlets have succumbed to urban sprawl.

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