If you are starting in Sarria to do the, probably most popular, last stretch of the Camino Francés, chances are you’ll arrive at Santiago Airport (Labacolla). If you’re from outside Europe you’ll probably have a connecting flight from Madrid. The next step in your planning is to figure out how to get to Sarria. Some people ask around in a forum or Facebook page (hello fellow Camigas, as promised!!!) how to get from Santiago Airport to Sarria.
The most popular answer that fellow pilgrims give is a reference to the website ‘Rome2Rio’ – which is a great site for high-level planning, no doubt – but in this case it will give you the wrong idea, not enough options and even incomplete information:
The Camino Frances is the most traveled way to Santiago de Compostela. In English it’s referred to as The French Way and it’s definitely the most popular Camino route. It runs from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles on the Spanish side before making its way to Santiago de Compostela through the major cities of Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and León. If you ever walked that Camino it might be time to start thinking about your next adventure in Spain. You never know when the Camino is going to call you again, right?
Strolling through one of my favorite Facebook groups, CAMIGAS ~ A Buddy System for Women on the Camino, I came across a post by Liz Jester.
She wrote a poem as she sat in front of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. She had just made it to Santiago a couple of days earlier and felt inspired by many of the lovely characters she met along The Way. She hoped someone would enjoy the poem… Oh my, did the readers enjoy – it brought tears to our eyes… Searching for a title for this post made me think about the essence of this poem. I only hope she can approve of my choice: Camino Awakenings.
I am happy she was okay with the idea to share it here at our Camino Comfort blog. Thank you Liz!
Whether you are still planning your Camino to Santiago or have done it multiple times, this poem will move you in so many ways… Buen Camino…
Celtic Traditions around Samaín – Halloween in Galicia
If you are walking the Camino to Santiago right now, you’ll have the opportunity to witness some of the famous Celtic traditions that are carried out around the celebration of the most important feast of the ancient Celts: Samaín (Halloween). If you are lucky you’ll even witness the ritual of La Queimada, which is the perfect treat to experience Halloween in Galicia!
In our previous blog post I shared with you the story of “La Santa Compaña” and how it was witnessed by my mother’s uncle Daniel.
Revisiting this old tale with her, we started talking about the story I’d like to share with you today. I’m glad we did, because I was under the impression that the following tale featured uncle Daniel, but my mother corrected my misunderstanding: it was uncle Manuel, one of the other brothers of her mother. My family had an encounter with one of the witches of Galicia…
Before I get to the story of uncle Manuel, let me first tell you something about witches and why they are such an important concept in Galicia and why, in general, magic is so interlaced with our culture.