+ Parc Güell, Barcelona.
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+ Parc Güell, Barcelona.
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+ Parc Güell, Barcelona.
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+ Parc Güell, Barcelona.
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+ Parc Güell, Barcelona.
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+ Parc Güell, Barcelona.

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+ Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona.
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+ Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona.
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+ Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona.
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+ Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona.
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+ Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona.
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+ Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona.
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+ Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona.
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+ Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona.

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+ La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Barcelona.
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+ La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Barcelona.
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+ La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Barcelona.
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+ La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Barcelona.
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+ La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Barcelona.
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+ La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Barcelona.
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+ La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Barcelona.
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+ La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Barcelona.

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+ Over the past few days I’ve had the privilege of exploring the great Catalonian city of Barcelona. A large metropolitan city along the Mediterranean Sea.

One thing that struct me instantly is the city’s commitment to artistic expression and creative architectural buildings and public spaces. Barcelona is a dynamic cultural city, proud of it’s artistic heritage and a colourful way of life.

Yesterday and today I spend both days exploring all things Antoni Guadí. His mark has imbued not only every surface but the psyche of Barcelona. I believe his work is much part of the soul of Barcelona as is their own Catalan language, salsa and the vibrancy of La Rambla.

Throughout the entire city you’ll encounter unusual and abstract artworks that is predominately associated with Gaudí. His creations are continually being built and celebrated and rightfully so. Gaudí pushed aesthetic norms by sampling different art movement’s features, to design a unique and innovative approach to his constructions. I can clearly see that Gaudí has referenced the Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Gothic movements in the design of his various buildings and parks. Each inspiring, innovative and now so identifiable as not only his unique style, but so entrenched in all things Barcelona. The pavement tiles for example, that adorn most city centre thoroughfares, are hexagon in shape with nature influenced and organic motifs so iconic in Gaudí’s work.

In addition to his relationship with the environment, Gaudí was a fervent Catholic and his strong beliefs are a reoccurring theme in many of his significant works.

Some of his works take on an Alice in Wonderful type feel, or something that is alien-like in appearance. Breathtaking while challenging our thoughts and pushing the boundaries of conventional thinking. From the whimsical and playful to the down right bizarre.

His works such as La Pedrera-Casa Milà, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló and the ever evolving Basilica de la Sagrada Família are artistic creations that will have a lasting impact upon Barcelona. Many are UNESCO World Heritage listed artworks. Gaudí’s phenomenal foresight has clearly impacted on the culture, the economy and tourism of this wonderful city. His history is permanently intertwined within the city he clearly loved.

You get a strong sense that there will be a lasting relationship between Barcelona and Gaudí.

Barcelona has a lot to be proud of. It is a great city, filled with people who love and embrace the theatre of life. Divergent thinking and creativity are celebrated. I can see why Barcelona remains a wildly popular destination for many travels.

The Catalonian flag features predominantly on most balconies throughout the city. The Catalan government has announced its intention to hold a referendum on possible independence from Spain in 2014. The outcome would have a profound impact on Spain as Barcelona is responsible for generating approximately 19% of the economy.

Barcelona is also home to Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, which I visited yesterday. Such a contemporary design for a building conceived in 1929. I love this an iconic building that has came to symbolize modern architecture. It also embodies van der Rohe’s ‘less is more’ and ‘God is in the details’ philosophy for design.

I look forward to discovering more over the next three or four days, better understanding the pulse of this astonishing metropolis.

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+ Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.
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+ Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.
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+ Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.
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+ Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.
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+ Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.
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+ Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.
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+ Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.
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+ Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.

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+ La Rambla, Barcelona.

"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length—and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly" ~ Carlos Castaneda
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+ La Rambla, Barcelona.

"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length—and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly" ~ Carlos Castaneda
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+ La Rambla, Barcelona.

"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length—and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly" ~ Carlos Castaneda
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+ La Rambla, Barcelona.

"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length—and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly" ~ Carlos Castaneda

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+ Barcelona Pavillion, Barcelona.
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+ Barcelona Pavillion, Barcelona.
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+ Barcelona Pavillion, Barcelona.
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+ Barcelona Pavillion, Barcelona.
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+ Barcelona Pavillion, Barcelona.
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+ Barcelona Pavillion, Barcelona.

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+ Day 6: Camino de Santiago

So this morning I departed A Rúa early for my final trek to Santiago de Compostela. 

Once I arrived I entered the city via the Porto de Camino. I made my way through the narrow paved streets until I came to the main square, the large and impressive Praza do Obrodoiro.

I turned to my left to find the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of this wonderful medieval city, the first thing I noticed was how the Cathedral’s towers dominate the skyline. I was disappointed that the towers were under restoration, engulfed by scaffolding. Nonetheless I paused momentarily to savour the grandeur of the Cathedral and that of my pilgrimage, I had finally arrived. 

I stood in awe of my location, oblivious to the noise around me, lost in my own world. This place feels special. I was aware that at midday, every day, there is a special mass to welcome pilgrims to Santiago. So I made my way into the Cathedral to take my place front and centre. 

The Mass began with the reading out of a long list of the nationalities of pilgrims. When Australia was announced I smiled and felt proud. I’ve travelled a vast distance to be part of this moment. Mass was celebrated by priests from different parts of the world. Very inclusive and a reminder that together, we are better. 

Then the moment arrived. The famous swinging of the world’s largest incense burner - Botafumeiro. Eight tiraboleiros pull the ropes and the giant thurible moves in a swinging motion, almost touching the roof of transept. Thick clouds of white smoke bellow out, filling the air with the aroma of the incense. WOW! 

I found this moment and receiving communion very emotional today. At this point my heart was filled with pure love. As I lowered my head in prayer, eyes closed, I could visualize every family member and friend as I quietly made special intentions. It was so vivid. Gratitude filled my soul. Water filled my eyes. 

After Mass I made my way to the Pilgrims Office to collect ‘La Compostela’, the certificate of completion of El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The wait was just on 2hours as many pilgrims joined the queue. I meet a group of American doctors that have devoted their skill and time supporting the health and wellbeing of Guatemalan women and children. Their story was yet another profound encounter on my Camino. Their selflessness, for zero financial remuneration, was more than altruistic, it was a calling. 

At this moment I recalled two constants in life - love and fear. When we are not prepared to listen to the ear of the heart we come from a position fear. It manifests as self doubt, or we don’t have enough time, or what’s comfortable. It takes great courage to listen to the heart. It’s never wrong and most humbling. 

The American doctors are keeping the dangerous memory of Jesus alive. They are motivated by the Kingdom and the attainment of hope. This comes from a place of love. They are travelling on a road less travelled, courageously, with purpose, with humanity, from a place of love. 

I’m a firm believer that today’s Gospel is realised through the witness of action. Jesus’ mission has a church, and the American doctors are a shining example of people who have made a passionate pledge to serve the voiceless through real action. 

The Romans called the northern-west region of Spain “Finis Terrae”, meaning “end of the world”. They were wrong. It’s the beginning. It is where ‘The Way’ animates an alternative to a world in crisis. 

El Camino offers the perfect landscape in which to dedicate contemplation, complemented by the footsteps along the well-trodden path of St. James. The road offers very little to hide behind. Forced to reflect on your mission in life.

I hope that one day I can resonate with the young people I encounter every day, through my example of action and active participation in life. Our humanity toward ourselves and others is what ultimately defines us. “For what a man sows, that he will also reap” ~ Galatians 6:7. Let us never forget that authentic power is to serve. 

And finally we don’t choose life, we live one. 

I will leave you with one of my favourite John O’Donohue quotes that best sums up my Camino experience, enjoy:  
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

Ps: I’m staying at Hotel A Tafona Do Peregrino on Virxe da Cerca www.atafonadoperegrino.com. Excellent accommodation for my final night in Galicia. I also had dinner at the phenomenal O Curro da Parra. A degustation meal that has to be experienced. Brilliant service. I sent a bottle of champagne over to a table celebrating a birthday. 

That was my Camino gift. Buen Camino.
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+ Day 6: Camino de Santiago

So this morning I departed A Rúa early for my final trek to Santiago de Compostela. 

Once I arrived I entered the city via the Porto de Camino. I made my way through the narrow paved streets until I came to the main square, the large and impressive Praza do Obrodoiro.

I turned to my left to find the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of this wonderful medieval city, the first thing I noticed was how the Cathedral’s towers dominate the skyline. I was disappointed that the towers were under restoration, engulfed by scaffolding. Nonetheless I paused momentarily to savour the grandeur of the Cathedral and that of my pilgrimage, I had finally arrived. 

I stood in awe of my location, oblivious to the noise around me, lost in my own world. This place feels special. I was aware that at midday, every day, there is a special mass to welcome pilgrims to Santiago. So I made my way into the Cathedral to take my place front and centre. 

The Mass began with the reading out of a long list of the nationalities of pilgrims. When Australia was announced I smiled and felt proud. I’ve travelled a vast distance to be part of this moment. Mass was celebrated by priests from different parts of the world. Very inclusive and a reminder that together, we are better. 

Then the moment arrived. The famous swinging of the world’s largest incense burner - Botafumeiro. Eight tiraboleiros pull the ropes and the giant thurible moves in a swinging motion, almost touching the roof of transept. Thick clouds of white smoke bellow out, filling the air with the aroma of the incense. WOW! 

I found this moment and receiving communion very emotional today. At this point my heart was filled with pure love. As I lowered my head in prayer, eyes closed, I could visualize every family member and friend as I quietly made special intentions. It was so vivid. Gratitude filled my soul. Water filled my eyes. 

After Mass I made my way to the Pilgrims Office to collect ‘La Compostela’, the certificate of completion of El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The wait was just on 2hours as many pilgrims joined the queue. I meet a group of American doctors that have devoted their skill and time supporting the health and wellbeing of Guatemalan women and children. Their story was yet another profound encounter on my Camino. Their selflessness, for zero financial remuneration, was more than altruistic, it was a calling. 

At this moment I recalled two constants in life - love and fear. When we are not prepared to listen to the ear of the heart we come from a position fear. It manifests as self doubt, or we don’t have enough time, or what’s comfortable. It takes great courage to listen to the heart. It’s never wrong and most humbling. 

The American doctors are keeping the dangerous memory of Jesus alive. They are motivated by the Kingdom and the attainment of hope. This comes from a place of love. They are travelling on a road less travelled, courageously, with purpose, with humanity, from a place of love. 

I’m a firm believer that today’s Gospel is realised through the witness of action. Jesus’ mission has a church, and the American doctors are a shining example of people who have made a passionate pledge to serve the voiceless through real action. 

The Romans called the northern-west region of Spain “Finis Terrae”, meaning “end of the world”. They were wrong. It’s the beginning. It is where ‘The Way’ animates an alternative to a world in crisis. 

El Camino offers the perfect landscape in which to dedicate contemplation, complemented by the footsteps along the well-trodden path of St. James. The road offers very little to hide behind. Forced to reflect on your mission in life.

I hope that one day I can resonate with the young people I encounter every day, through my example of action and active participation in life. Our humanity toward ourselves and others is what ultimately defines us. “For what a man sows, that he will also reap” ~ Galatians 6:7. Let us never forget that authentic power is to serve. 

And finally we don’t choose life, we live one. 

I will leave you with one of my favourite John O’Donohue quotes that best sums up my Camino experience, enjoy:  
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

Ps: I’m staying at Hotel A Tafona Do Peregrino on Virxe da Cerca www.atafonadoperegrino.com. Excellent accommodation for my final night in Galicia. I also had dinner at the phenomenal O Curro da Parra. A degustation meal that has to be experienced. Brilliant service. I sent a bottle of champagne over to a table celebrating a birthday. 

That was my Camino gift. Buen Camino.
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+ Day 6: Camino de Santiago

So this morning I departed A Rúa early for my final trek to Santiago de Compostela. 

Once I arrived I entered the city via the Porto de Camino. I made my way through the narrow paved streets until I came to the main square, the large and impressive Praza do Obrodoiro.

I turned to my left to find the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of this wonderful medieval city, the first thing I noticed was how the Cathedral’s towers dominate the skyline. I was disappointed that the towers were under restoration, engulfed by scaffolding. Nonetheless I paused momentarily to savour the grandeur of the Cathedral and that of my pilgrimage, I had finally arrived. 

I stood in awe of my location, oblivious to the noise around me, lost in my own world. This place feels special. I was aware that at midday, every day, there is a special mass to welcome pilgrims to Santiago. So I made my way into the Cathedral to take my place front and centre. 

The Mass began with the reading out of a long list of the nationalities of pilgrims. When Australia was announced I smiled and felt proud. I’ve travelled a vast distance to be part of this moment. Mass was celebrated by priests from different parts of the world. Very inclusive and a reminder that together, we are better. 

Then the moment arrived. The famous swinging of the world’s largest incense burner - Botafumeiro. Eight tiraboleiros pull the ropes and the giant thurible moves in a swinging motion, almost touching the roof of transept. Thick clouds of white smoke bellow out, filling the air with the aroma of the incense. WOW! 

I found this moment and receiving communion very emotional today. At this point my heart was filled with pure love. As I lowered my head in prayer, eyes closed, I could visualize every family member and friend as I quietly made special intentions. It was so vivid. Gratitude filled my soul. Water filled my eyes. 

After Mass I made my way to the Pilgrims Office to collect ‘La Compostela’, the certificate of completion of El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The wait was just on 2hours as many pilgrims joined the queue. I meet a group of American doctors that have devoted their skill and time supporting the health and wellbeing of Guatemalan women and children. Their story was yet another profound encounter on my Camino. Their selflessness, for zero financial remuneration, was more than altruistic, it was a calling. 

At this moment I recalled two constants in life - love and fear. When we are not prepared to listen to the ear of the heart we come from a position fear. It manifests as self doubt, or we don’t have enough time, or what’s comfortable. It takes great courage to listen to the heart. It’s never wrong and most humbling. 

The American doctors are keeping the dangerous memory of Jesus alive. They are motivated by the Kingdom and the attainment of hope. This comes from a place of love. They are travelling on a road less travelled, courageously, with purpose, with humanity, from a place of love. 

I’m a firm believer that today’s Gospel is realised through the witness of action. Jesus’ mission has a church, and the American doctors are a shining example of people who have made a passionate pledge to serve the voiceless through real action. 

The Romans called the northern-west region of Spain “Finis Terrae”, meaning “end of the world”. They were wrong. It’s the beginning. It is where ‘The Way’ animates an alternative to a world in crisis. 

El Camino offers the perfect landscape in which to dedicate contemplation, complemented by the footsteps along the well-trodden path of St. James. The road offers very little to hide behind. Forced to reflect on your mission in life.

I hope that one day I can resonate with the young people I encounter every day, through my example of action and active participation in life. Our humanity toward ourselves and others is what ultimately defines us. “For what a man sows, that he will also reap” ~ Galatians 6:7. Let us never forget that authentic power is to serve. 

And finally we don’t choose life, we live one. 

I will leave you with one of my favourite John O’Donohue quotes that best sums up my Camino experience, enjoy:  
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

Ps: I’m staying at Hotel A Tafona Do Peregrino on Virxe da Cerca www.atafonadoperegrino.com. Excellent accommodation for my final night in Galicia. I also had dinner at the phenomenal O Curro da Parra. A degustation meal that has to be experienced. Brilliant service. I sent a bottle of champagne over to a table celebrating a birthday. 

That was my Camino gift. Buen Camino.
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+ Day 6: Camino de Santiago

So this morning I departed A Rúa early for my final trek to Santiago de Compostela. 

Once I arrived I entered the city via the Porto de Camino. I made my way through the narrow paved streets until I came to the main square, the large and impressive Praza do Obrodoiro.

I turned to my left to find the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of this wonderful medieval city, the first thing I noticed was how the Cathedral’s towers dominate the skyline. I was disappointed that the towers were under restoration, engulfed by scaffolding. Nonetheless I paused momentarily to savour the grandeur of the Cathedral and that of my pilgrimage, I had finally arrived. 

I stood in awe of my location, oblivious to the noise around me, lost in my own world. This place feels special. I was aware that at midday, every day, there is a special mass to welcome pilgrims to Santiago. So I made my way into the Cathedral to take my place front and centre. 

The Mass began with the reading out of a long list of the nationalities of pilgrims. When Australia was announced I smiled and felt proud. I’ve travelled a vast distance to be part of this moment. Mass was celebrated by priests from different parts of the world. Very inclusive and a reminder that together, we are better. 

Then the moment arrived. The famous swinging of the world’s largest incense burner - Botafumeiro. Eight tiraboleiros pull the ropes and the giant thurible moves in a swinging motion, almost touching the roof of transept. Thick clouds of white smoke bellow out, filling the air with the aroma of the incense. WOW! 

I found this moment and receiving communion very emotional today. At this point my heart was filled with pure love. As I lowered my head in prayer, eyes closed, I could visualize every family member and friend as I quietly made special intentions. It was so vivid. Gratitude filled my soul. Water filled my eyes. 

After Mass I made my way to the Pilgrims Office to collect ‘La Compostela’, the certificate of completion of El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The wait was just on 2hours as many pilgrims joined the queue. I meet a group of American doctors that have devoted their skill and time supporting the health and wellbeing of Guatemalan women and children. Their story was yet another profound encounter on my Camino. Their selflessness, for zero financial remuneration, was more than altruistic, it was a calling. 

At this moment I recalled two constants in life - love and fear. When we are not prepared to listen to the ear of the heart we come from a position fear. It manifests as self doubt, or we don’t have enough time, or what’s comfortable. It takes great courage to listen to the heart. It’s never wrong and most humbling. 

The American doctors are keeping the dangerous memory of Jesus alive. They are motivated by the Kingdom and the attainment of hope. This comes from a place of love. They are travelling on a road less travelled, courageously, with purpose, with humanity, from a place of love. 

I’m a firm believer that today’s Gospel is realised through the witness of action. Jesus’ mission has a church, and the American doctors are a shining example of people who have made a passionate pledge to serve the voiceless through real action. 

The Romans called the northern-west region of Spain “Finis Terrae”, meaning “end of the world”. They were wrong. It’s the beginning. It is where ‘The Way’ animates an alternative to a world in crisis. 

El Camino offers the perfect landscape in which to dedicate contemplation, complemented by the footsteps along the well-trodden path of St. James. The road offers very little to hide behind. Forced to reflect on your mission in life.

I hope that one day I can resonate with the young people I encounter every day, through my example of action and active participation in life. Our humanity toward ourselves and others is what ultimately defines us. “For what a man sows, that he will also reap” ~ Galatians 6:7. Let us never forget that authentic power is to serve. 

And finally we don’t choose life, we live one. 

I will leave you with one of my favourite John O’Donohue quotes that best sums up my Camino experience, enjoy:  
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

Ps: I’m staying at Hotel A Tafona Do Peregrino on Virxe da Cerca www.atafonadoperegrino.com. Excellent accommodation for my final night in Galicia. I also had dinner at the phenomenal O Curro da Parra. A degustation meal that has to be experienced. Brilliant service. I sent a bottle of champagne over to a table celebrating a birthday. 

That was my Camino gift. Buen Camino.
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+ Day 6: Camino de Santiago

So this morning I departed A Rúa early for my final trek to Santiago de Compostela. 

Once I arrived I entered the city via the Porto de Camino. I made my way through the narrow paved streets until I came to the main square, the large and impressive Praza do Obrodoiro.

I turned to my left to find the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of this wonderful medieval city, the first thing I noticed was how the Cathedral’s towers dominate the skyline. I was disappointed that the towers were under restoration, engulfed by scaffolding. Nonetheless I paused momentarily to savour the grandeur of the Cathedral and that of my pilgrimage, I had finally arrived. 

I stood in awe of my location, oblivious to the noise around me, lost in my own world. This place feels special. I was aware that at midday, every day, there is a special mass to welcome pilgrims to Santiago. So I made my way into the Cathedral to take my place front and centre. 

The Mass began with the reading out of a long list of the nationalities of pilgrims. When Australia was announced I smiled and felt proud. I’ve travelled a vast distance to be part of this moment. Mass was celebrated by priests from different parts of the world. Very inclusive and a reminder that together, we are better. 

Then the moment arrived. The famous swinging of the world’s largest incense burner - Botafumeiro. Eight tiraboleiros pull the ropes and the giant thurible moves in a swinging motion, almost touching the roof of transept. Thick clouds of white smoke bellow out, filling the air with the aroma of the incense. WOW! 

I found this moment and receiving communion very emotional today. At this point my heart was filled with pure love. As I lowered my head in prayer, eyes closed, I could visualize every family member and friend as I quietly made special intentions. It was so vivid. Gratitude filled my soul. Water filled my eyes. 

After Mass I made my way to the Pilgrims Office to collect ‘La Compostela’, the certificate of completion of El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The wait was just on 2hours as many pilgrims joined the queue. I meet a group of American doctors that have devoted their skill and time supporting the health and wellbeing of Guatemalan women and children. Their story was yet another profound encounter on my Camino. Their selflessness, for zero financial remuneration, was more than altruistic, it was a calling. 

At this moment I recalled two constants in life - love and fear. When we are not prepared to listen to the ear of the heart we come from a position fear. It manifests as self doubt, or we don’t have enough time, or what’s comfortable. It takes great courage to listen to the heart. It’s never wrong and most humbling. 

The American doctors are keeping the dangerous memory of Jesus alive. They are motivated by the Kingdom and the attainment of hope. This comes from a place of love. They are travelling on a road less travelled, courageously, with purpose, with humanity, from a place of love. 

I’m a firm believer that today’s Gospel is realised through the witness of action. Jesus’ mission has a church, and the American doctors are a shining example of people who have made a passionate pledge to serve the voiceless through real action. 

The Romans called the northern-west region of Spain “Finis Terrae”, meaning “end of the world”. They were wrong. It’s the beginning. It is where ‘The Way’ animates an alternative to a world in crisis. 

El Camino offers the perfect landscape in which to dedicate contemplation, complemented by the footsteps along the well-trodden path of St. James. The road offers very little to hide behind. Forced to reflect on your mission in life.

I hope that one day I can resonate with the young people I encounter every day, through my example of action and active participation in life. Our humanity toward ourselves and others is what ultimately defines us. “For what a man sows, that he will also reap” ~ Galatians 6:7. Let us never forget that authentic power is to serve. 

And finally we don’t choose life, we live one. 

I will leave you with one of my favourite John O’Donohue quotes that best sums up my Camino experience, enjoy:  
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

Ps: I’m staying at Hotel A Tafona Do Peregrino on Virxe da Cerca www.atafonadoperegrino.com. Excellent accommodation for my final night in Galicia. I also had dinner at the phenomenal O Curro da Parra. A degustation meal that has to be experienced. Brilliant service. I sent a bottle of champagne over to a table celebrating a birthday. 

That was my Camino gift. Buen Camino.
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+ Day 6: Camino de Santiago

So this morning I departed A Rúa early for my final trek to Santiago de Compostela. 

Once I arrived I entered the city via the Porto de Camino. I made my way through the narrow paved streets until I came to the main square, the large and impressive Praza do Obrodoiro.

I turned to my left to find the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of this wonderful medieval city, the first thing I noticed was how the Cathedral’s towers dominate the skyline. I was disappointed that the towers were under restoration, engulfed by scaffolding. Nonetheless I paused momentarily to savour the grandeur of the Cathedral and that of my pilgrimage, I had finally arrived. 

I stood in awe of my location, oblivious to the noise around me, lost in my own world. This place feels special. I was aware that at midday, every day, there is a special mass to welcome pilgrims to Santiago. So I made my way into the Cathedral to take my place front and centre. 

The Mass began with the reading out of a long list of the nationalities of pilgrims. When Australia was announced I smiled and felt proud. I’ve travelled a vast distance to be part of this moment. Mass was celebrated by priests from different parts of the world. Very inclusive and a reminder that together, we are better. 

Then the moment arrived. The famous swinging of the world’s largest incense burner - Botafumeiro. Eight tiraboleiros pull the ropes and the giant thurible moves in a swinging motion, almost touching the roof of transept. Thick clouds of white smoke bellow out, filling the air with the aroma of the incense. WOW! 

I found this moment and receiving communion very emotional today. At this point my heart was filled with pure love. As I lowered my head in prayer, eyes closed, I could visualize every family member and friend as I quietly made special intentions. It was so vivid. Gratitude filled my soul. Water filled my eyes. 

After Mass I made my way to the Pilgrims Office to collect ‘La Compostela’, the certificate of completion of El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The wait was just on 2hours as many pilgrims joined the queue. I meet a group of American doctors that have devoted their skill and time supporting the health and wellbeing of Guatemalan women and children. Their story was yet another profound encounter on my Camino. Their selflessness, for zero financial remuneration, was more than altruistic, it was a calling. 

At this moment I recalled two constants in life - love and fear. When we are not prepared to listen to the ear of the heart we come from a position fear. It manifests as self doubt, or we don’t have enough time, or what’s comfortable. It takes great courage to listen to the heart. It’s never wrong and most humbling. 

The American doctors are keeping the dangerous memory of Jesus alive. They are motivated by the Kingdom and the attainment of hope. This comes from a place of love. They are travelling on a road less travelled, courageously, with purpose, with humanity, from a place of love. 

I’m a firm believer that today’s Gospel is realised through the witness of action. Jesus’ mission has a church, and the American doctors are a shining example of people who have made a passionate pledge to serve the voiceless through real action. 

The Romans called the northern-west region of Spain “Finis Terrae”, meaning “end of the world”. They were wrong. It’s the beginning. It is where ‘The Way’ animates an alternative to a world in crisis. 

El Camino offers the perfect landscape in which to dedicate contemplation, complemented by the footsteps along the well-trodden path of St. James. The road offers very little to hide behind. Forced to reflect on your mission in life.

I hope that one day I can resonate with the young people I encounter every day, through my example of action and active participation in life. Our humanity toward ourselves and others is what ultimately defines us. “For what a man sows, that he will also reap” ~ Galatians 6:7. Let us never forget that authentic power is to serve. 

And finally we don’t choose life, we live one. 

I will leave you with one of my favourite John O’Donohue quotes that best sums up my Camino experience, enjoy:  
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

Ps: I’m staying at Hotel A Tafona Do Peregrino on Virxe da Cerca www.atafonadoperegrino.com. Excellent accommodation for my final night in Galicia. I also had dinner at the phenomenal O Curro da Parra. A degustation meal that has to be experienced. Brilliant service. I sent a bottle of champagne over to a table celebrating a birthday. 

That was my Camino gift. Buen Camino.
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+ Day 6: Camino de Santiago

So this morning I departed A Rúa early for my final trek to Santiago de Compostela. 

Once I arrived I entered the city via the Porto de Camino. I made my way through the narrow paved streets until I came to the main square, the large and impressive Praza do Obrodoiro.

I turned to my left to find the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of this wonderful medieval city, the first thing I noticed was how the Cathedral’s towers dominate the skyline. I was disappointed that the towers were under restoration, engulfed by scaffolding. Nonetheless I paused momentarily to savour the grandeur of the Cathedral and that of my pilgrimage, I had finally arrived. 

I stood in awe of my location, oblivious to the noise around me, lost in my own world. This place feels special. I was aware that at midday, every day, there is a special mass to welcome pilgrims to Santiago. So I made my way into the Cathedral to take my place front and centre. 

The Mass began with the reading out of a long list of the nationalities of pilgrims. When Australia was announced I smiled and felt proud. I’ve travelled a vast distance to be part of this moment. Mass was celebrated by priests from different parts of the world. Very inclusive and a reminder that together, we are better. 

Then the moment arrived. The famous swinging of the world’s largest incense burner - Botafumeiro. Eight tiraboleiros pull the ropes and the giant thurible moves in a swinging motion, almost touching the roof of transept. Thick clouds of white smoke bellow out, filling the air with the aroma of the incense. WOW! 

I found this moment and receiving communion very emotional today. At this point my heart was filled with pure love. As I lowered my head in prayer, eyes closed, I could visualize every family member and friend as I quietly made special intentions. It was so vivid. Gratitude filled my soul. Water filled my eyes. 

After Mass I made my way to the Pilgrims Office to collect ‘La Compostela’, the certificate of completion of El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The wait was just on 2hours as many pilgrims joined the queue. I meet a group of American doctors that have devoted their skill and time supporting the health and wellbeing of Guatemalan women and children. Their story was yet another profound encounter on my Camino. Their selflessness, for zero financial remuneration, was more than altruistic, it was a calling. 

At this moment I recalled two constants in life - love and fear. When we are not prepared to listen to the ear of the heart we come from a position fear. It manifests as self doubt, or we don’t have enough time, or what’s comfortable. It takes great courage to listen to the heart. It’s never wrong and most humbling. 

The American doctors are keeping the dangerous memory of Jesus alive. They are motivated by the Kingdom and the attainment of hope. This comes from a place of love. They are travelling on a road less travelled, courageously, with purpose, with humanity, from a place of love. 

I’m a firm believer that today’s Gospel is realised through the witness of action. Jesus’ mission has a church, and the American doctors are a shining example of people who have made a passionate pledge to serve the voiceless through real action. 

The Romans called the northern-west region of Spain “Finis Terrae”, meaning “end of the world”. They were wrong. It’s the beginning. It is where ‘The Way’ animates an alternative to a world in crisis. 

El Camino offers the perfect landscape in which to dedicate contemplation, complemented by the footsteps along the well-trodden path of St. James. The road offers very little to hide behind. Forced to reflect on your mission in life.

I hope that one day I can resonate with the young people I encounter every day, through my example of action and active participation in life. Our humanity toward ourselves and others is what ultimately defines us. “For what a man sows, that he will also reap” ~ Galatians 6:7. Let us never forget that authentic power is to serve. 

And finally we don’t choose life, we live one. 

I will leave you with one of my favourite John O’Donohue quotes that best sums up my Camino experience, enjoy:  
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

Ps: I’m staying at Hotel A Tafona Do Peregrino on Virxe da Cerca www.atafonadoperegrino.com. Excellent accommodation for my final night in Galicia. I also had dinner at the phenomenal O Curro da Parra. A degustation meal that has to be experienced. Brilliant service. I sent a bottle of champagne over to a table celebrating a birthday. 

That was my Camino gift. Buen Camino.
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+ Day 6: Camino de Santiago

So this morning I departed A Rúa early for my final trek to Santiago de Compostela.

Once I arrived I entered the city via the Porto de Camino. I made my way through the narrow paved streets until I came to the main square, the large and impressive Praza do Obrodoiro.

I turned to my left to find the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of this wonderful medieval city, the first thing I noticed was how the Cathedral’s towers dominate the skyline. I was disappointed that the towers were under restoration, engulfed by scaffolding. Nonetheless I paused momentarily to savour the grandeur of the Cathedral and that of my pilgrimage, I had finally arrived.

I stood in awe of my location, oblivious to the noise around me, lost in my own world. This place feels special. I was aware that at midday, every day, there is a special mass to welcome pilgrims to Santiago. So I made my way into the Cathedral to take my place front and centre.

The Mass began with the reading out of a long list of the nationalities of pilgrims. When Australia was announced I smiled and felt proud. I’ve travelled a vast distance to be part of this moment. Mass was celebrated by priests from different parts of the world. Very inclusive and a reminder that together, we are better.

Then the moment arrived. The famous swinging of the world’s largest incense burner - Botafumeiro. Eight tiraboleiros pull the ropes and the giant thurible moves in a swinging motion, almost touching the roof of transept. Thick clouds of white smoke bellow out, filling the air with the aroma of the incense. WOW!

I found this moment and receiving communion very emotional today. At this point my heart was filled with pure love. As I lowered my head in prayer, eyes closed, I could visualize every family member and friend as I quietly made special intentions. It was so vivid. Gratitude filled my soul. Water filled my eyes.

After Mass I made my way to the Pilgrims Office to collect ‘La Compostela’, the certificate of completion of El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The wait was just on 2hours as many pilgrims joined the queue. I meet a group of American doctors that have devoted their skill and time supporting the health and wellbeing of Guatemalan women and children. Their story was yet another profound encounter on my Camino. Their selflessness, for zero financial remuneration, was more than altruistic, it was a calling.

At this moment I recalled two constants in life - love and fear. When we are not prepared to listen to the ear of the heart we come from a position fear. It manifests as self doubt, or we don’t have enough time, or what’s comfortable. It takes great courage to listen to the heart. It’s never wrong and most humbling.

The American doctors are keeping the dangerous memory of Jesus alive. They are motivated by the Kingdom and the attainment of hope. This comes from a place of love. They are travelling on a road less travelled, courageously, with purpose, with humanity, from a place of love.

I’m a firm believer that today’s Gospel is realised through the witness of action. Jesus’ mission has a church, and the American doctors are a shining example of people who have made a passionate pledge to serve the voiceless through real action.

The Romans called the northern-west region of Spain “Finis Terrae”, meaning “end of the world”. They were wrong. It’s the beginning. It is where ‘The Way’ animates an alternative to a world in crisis.

El Camino offers the perfect landscape in which to dedicate contemplation, complemented by the footsteps along the well-trodden path of St. James. The road offers very little to hide behind. Forced to reflect on your mission in life.

I hope that one day I can resonate with the young people I encounter every day, through my example of action and active participation in life. Our humanity toward ourselves and others is what ultimately defines us. “For what a man sows, that he will also reap” ~ Galatians 6:7. Let us never forget that authentic power is to serve.

And finally we don’t choose life, we live one.

I will leave you with one of my favourite John O’Donohue quotes that best sums up my Camino experience, enjoy:
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

Ps: I’m staying at Hotel A Tafona Do Peregrino on Virxe da Cerca www.atafonadoperegrino.com. Excellent accommodation for my final night in Galicia. I also had dinner at the phenomenal O Curro da Parra. A degustation meal that has to be experienced. Brilliant service. I sent a bottle of champagne over to a table celebrating a birthday.

That was my Camino gift. Buen Camino.

6permissionistriumph, CaminodeSantiago,

+ Day 5: Camino de Santiago

Today I departed Arzúa for a 22km expedition to the tiny hamlet of A Rúa. I’m staying at Casa do Acivro www.oacivro.com/INGLES/html/facilities.htm. Small and cottage like accommodation, with lots of nature all around and not much else.

On my penultimate day I’d like to share with you my Top Ten tips for the Camino -

1. Be prepared: Your body will be expected to push through minimum 20km walks per day. Start getting fit now to reduce the impact. Pack a first-aid kit, including quality bandages and a voltaren gel (your calves and hamstrings will thank you) and anti-inflammatory and hydration type tablets. Also pack sunscreen and lip balm, applying both generously throughout each day. Pack your own toilet paper. Hand sanitizer, tissues and wet wipes. Consider packing one of those quick drying towels, as you do have some river crossings. And don’t forget deodorant. You might like your odor but what about the rest of the pilgrims!

2. Honour your feet: Your feet will absorb your weight and with your knees, the brunt from the walk. Wear quality shoes or hiking boots. Place Vaseline on your feet and around your toes each morning to reduce the chance of blistering. Wear quality support socks and consider changing them at the half way point of each walk. Purchase a quality walking pole that has an anti-shock system to reduce stress on your knees. Bring a pair of thongs to wear post each walk to air your feet. Elevate your feet when you sleep to help the circulation. And always stretch after each walk.

3. Clothing: Light weight, breathable fabrics are a must. I was very comfortable in shorts and a loose fitting t-shirt to allow for air circulation. You may experience inclement weather so a quality waterproof and wind resistant jacket would be ideal. Bring a fleece type jumper, especially if you are going in the cooler months. Also prepare for possible chaffing. I brought a small hand towel along with me each day, which I found very useful.

4. Book ahead: Some like to experience the Camino by chance. Lovely notion, but when I travel I always what to know where I’m staying from point to point. I paid a little extra to have my luggage transported to each hotel and then carried a smaller, lighter day backpack. My touring company MacsAdenture were brilliant. I highly recommend them. They also provided me with the essential ‘credencial’, pilgrims passport (paso). Also most places operate on a cash only basis, ATMs are widely available but carry around 200€ in different values.

5. Fuel: Drink water to keep hydrated each day. My day backpack had a water bladder (holds 3litres) and it was a brilliant asset. Your body will burn a lot of energy each day. Listen to your body, don’t be stubborn and stop along the journey when needed, stretch and refuel with a meal.

6. Learn (some) Spanish: You are a guest in their country. Make the effort to communicate and respect their language and culture. You’ll find it’ll go a long way in building positive encounters with the locals. Have consideration and gratitude for your hosts. Entender?

7. Kissing: Always and I mean always remember to greet Spanish women with a kiss on each cheek. You’ll thank me later for this tip 😉 And thank God for the Danish, Dutch and Swedes - Wow!!

8. Outer landscape: Give yourself permission to stop and pause and appreciate the Galician countryside. Rolling hills, lush green forests, vast farmlands and vineyards, tranquil river streams, etc. The landscape is stunning and surrendering to its beauty will bring much joy along your journey. Appreciate the simplicity of being in the moment with nature. And always respect the trail and cleanliness of the environment.

9. Inner landscape: Take the time to reflect each day. Nurture your soul by bringing an open mind and open heart to the Camino experience. Join in conversations that enhance your experience and that of others. Keep a journal to record your inner most thoughts or have it as a depository for photos or keepsakes that illuminate your heart and punctuate your feelings from the experience.

10. Ask yourself this question - Why am I doing this?: I don’t subscribe to ‘Bucket list’ ideology. If it’s so you can tick off a checklist then you are seriously misguided. The spirit of St. James and the Camino Way are alive and well and ready to assist any pilgrim prepared to authentically connect with an encounter with God, any God. The Camino allows you to awaken a desire within to understand the context of our present and the possibility of our future. You need to be open to this opportunity to worship and value your altar from within. What are your next steps towards fulfilling your mission?

Whatever you do, don’t forget to just
start. Movement is saying yes to self. “But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision” ~ Paulo Coelho

Don’t be afraid to celebrate the struggle. There is power in having the courage to act, it’s freedom, it’s liberation - adelante!

You decide. This is your moment.

6permissionistriumph, CaminodeSantiago,

+ Day 4: Camino de Santiago

So the buffet breakfast at Casa Benilde was lovely. It was made equally special because all the Spanish women of the hotel kept fussing over me. I have no idea what they were even saying to me but I’m not complaining!

After breakfast I headed to Santiago de Albá which is the main church in Palas de Rei. Beautiful little church where I purchased a candle for 1€ and sat quietly near the alter in prayer. A few quiet words for family and friends.

Most of today’s long 28.5km trek I chose to be alone to allow myself the opportunity to sit in the moment. The weather today was spectacular and the clear blue hue of the sky brought warmth and colour to the Galicia scenery. I found myself surrendering to the beauty of the outer landscape throughout most parts of today’s discovery. My images just give you a small insight into the intoxicating panorama of this magnificent countryside. Today, Spain brought its A game. And above it all I most enjoyed listening to the rhythmic sounds of nature. Many times I also appreciated the serenity of silence. 

During the final 6kms I meet three Spanish women all from Madrid. The youngest of the three engaged me in conversation until we parted in Ribadiso. Her English minimal, my Spanish non-existence, but we understood each other and made an instant connection. I got a sense that we both wished she had continued on to Arzúa, my Camino destination for tonight. 

Once I made it to Arzúa I headed directly to Pension Teodora www.casateodra.com, my accommodation for tonight. After a much needed shower I explored the town and then had dinner at Casa Teodora. The steak was brilliant. Great service and an excellent local cheese offering, with some tasty quince to finish the meal.

Earlier in the day, while seated in the Santiago de Albá church, I thought about this quote from Irish Philosopher and Celtic Scholar John O’Donohue, “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny and the map of your future. Trust this side of yourself. It will take you where you need to go but it will also teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey”.

This is something I’ve often written and spoken about, honouring your inner truth and making your own meaning. I can also assure you that what will unfold will challenge your thinking, at times even  test your resolve. Thinking and reflecting on what is unfolding allows us to find new possibilities in self and the importance of relationships we value. 

It’s equally important to respect the journey and understand the rhythm or heartbeat that moves you in particular directions. I’m a firm believer that you need to see life as a learning experience rather than one that is linearly couched in simply right and wrong. 

"Success in any endeavour depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self" ~ Ralph Marsten

It is often also through the profoundness of story we as humans make sense of the world. If we want a well lived life we need to construct powerful narratives for ourselves. Exploration not only allows us to discover new places, but ask the serious and tough questions of self. So, when was last time you had a great honest conversation with yourself?
I encourage each of you to search your inner landscape of beauty. Follow yourself and let your light shine into the world. Reflect upon how your story could impact positively for others. Give yourself the permission to leave a beautiful imprint wherever you go. For the common good. For the people.

I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity to walk the Camino and explore Spain. The rhythm of my life is unfolding as it should.

This entry is dedicated to my friend Oscar. For the people amigo.
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+ Day 4: Camino de Santiago

So the buffet breakfast at Casa Benilde was lovely. It was made equally special because all the Spanish women of the hotel kept fussing over me. I have no idea what they were even saying to me but I’m not complaining!

After breakfast I headed to Santiago de Albá which is the main church in Palas de Rei. Beautiful little church where I purchased a candle for 1€ and sat quietly near the alter in prayer. A few quiet words for family and friends.

Most of today’s long 28.5km trek I chose to be alone to allow myself the opportunity to sit in the moment. The weather today was spectacular and the clear blue hue of the sky brought warmth and colour to the Galicia scenery. I found myself surrendering to the beauty of the outer landscape throughout most parts of today’s discovery. My images just give you a small insight into the intoxicating panorama of this magnificent countryside. Today, Spain brought its A game. And above it all I most enjoyed listening to the rhythmic sounds of nature. Many times I also appreciated the serenity of silence. 

During the final 6kms I meet three Spanish women all from Madrid. The youngest of the three engaged me in conversation until we parted in Ribadiso. Her English minimal, my Spanish non-existence, but we understood each other and made an instant connection. I got a sense that we both wished she had continued on to Arzúa, my Camino destination for tonight. 

Once I made it to Arzúa I headed directly to Pension Teodora www.casateodra.com, my accommodation for tonight. After a much needed shower I explored the town and then had dinner at Casa Teodora. The steak was brilliant. Great service and an excellent local cheese offering, with some tasty quince to finish the meal.

Earlier in the day, while seated in the Santiago de Albá church, I thought about this quote from Irish Philosopher and Celtic Scholar John O’Donohue, “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny and the map of your future. Trust this side of yourself. It will take you where you need to go but it will also teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey”.

This is something I’ve often written and spoken about, honouring your inner truth and making your own meaning. I can also assure you that what will unfold will challenge your thinking, at times even  test your resolve. Thinking and reflecting on what is unfolding allows us to find new possibilities in self and the importance of relationships we value. 

It’s equally important to respect the journey and understand the rhythm or heartbeat that moves you in particular directions. I’m a firm believer that you need to see life as a learning experience rather than one that is linearly couched in simply right and wrong. 

"Success in any endeavour depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self" ~ Ralph Marsten

It is often also through the profoundness of story we as humans make sense of the world. If we want a well lived life we need to construct powerful narratives for ourselves. Exploration not only allows us to discover new places, but ask the serious and tough questions of self. So, when was last time you had a great honest conversation with yourself?
I encourage each of you to search your inner landscape of beauty. Follow yourself and let your light shine into the world. Reflect upon how your story could impact positively for others. Give yourself the permission to leave a beautiful imprint wherever you go. For the common good. For the people.

I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity to walk the Camino and explore Spain. The rhythm of my life is unfolding as it should.

This entry is dedicated to my friend Oscar. For the people amigo.
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+ Day 4: Camino de Santiago

So the buffet breakfast at Casa Benilde was lovely. It was made equally special because all the Spanish women of the hotel kept fussing over me. I have no idea what they were even saying to me but I’m not complaining!

After breakfast I headed to Santiago de Albá which is the main church in Palas de Rei. Beautiful little church where I purchased a candle for 1€ and sat quietly near the alter in prayer. A few quiet words for family and friends.

Most of today’s long 28.5km trek I chose to be alone to allow myself the opportunity to sit in the moment. The weather today was spectacular and the clear blue hue of the sky brought warmth and colour to the Galicia scenery. I found myself surrendering to the beauty of the outer landscape throughout most parts of today’s discovery. My images just give you a small insight into the intoxicating panorama of this magnificent countryside. Today, Spain brought its A game. And above it all I most enjoyed listening to the rhythmic sounds of nature. Many times I also appreciated the serenity of silence. 

During the final 6kms I meet three Spanish women all from Madrid. The youngest of the three engaged me in conversation until we parted in Ribadiso. Her English minimal, my Spanish non-existence, but we understood each other and made an instant connection. I got a sense that we both wished she had continued on to Arzúa, my Camino destination for tonight. 

Once I made it to Arzúa I headed directly to Pension Teodora www.casateodra.com, my accommodation for tonight. After a much needed shower I explored the town and then had dinner at Casa Teodora. The steak was brilliant. Great service and an excellent local cheese offering, with some tasty quince to finish the meal.

Earlier in the day, while seated in the Santiago de Albá church, I thought about this quote from Irish Philosopher and Celtic Scholar John O’Donohue, “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny and the map of your future. Trust this side of yourself. It will take you where you need to go but it will also teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey”.

This is something I’ve often written and spoken about, honouring your inner truth and making your own meaning. I can also assure you that what will unfold will challenge your thinking, at times even  test your resolve. Thinking and reflecting on what is unfolding allows us to find new possibilities in self and the importance of relationships we value. 

It’s equally important to respect the journey and understand the rhythm or heartbeat that moves you in particular directions. I’m a firm believer that you need to see life as a learning experience rather than one that is linearly couched in simply right and wrong. 

"Success in any endeavour depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self" ~ Ralph Marsten

It is often also through the profoundness of story we as humans make sense of the world. If we want a well lived life we need to construct powerful narratives for ourselves. Exploration not only allows us to discover new places, but ask the serious and tough questions of self. So, when was last time you had a great honest conversation with yourself?
I encourage each of you to search your inner landscape of beauty. Follow yourself and let your light shine into the world. Reflect upon how your story could impact positively for others. Give yourself the permission to leave a beautiful imprint wherever you go. For the common good. For the people.

I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity to walk the Camino and explore Spain. The rhythm of my life is unfolding as it should.

This entry is dedicated to my friend Oscar. For the people amigo.
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+ Day 4: Camino de Santiago

So the buffet breakfast at Casa Benilde was lovely. It was made equally special because all the Spanish women of the hotel kept fussing over me. I have no idea what they were even saying to me but I’m not complaining!

After breakfast I headed to Santiago de Albá which is the main church in Palas de Rei. Beautiful little church where I purchased a candle for 1€ and sat quietly near the alter in prayer. A few quiet words for family and friends.

Most of today’s long 28.5km trek I chose to be alone to allow myself the opportunity to sit in the moment. The weather today was spectacular and the clear blue hue of the sky brought warmth and colour to the Galicia scenery. I found myself surrendering to the beauty of the outer landscape throughout most parts of today’s discovery. My images just give you a small insight into the intoxicating panorama of this magnificent countryside. Today, Spain brought its A game. And above it all I most enjoyed listening to the rhythmic sounds of nature. Many times I also appreciated the serenity of silence. 

During the final 6kms I meet three Spanish women all from Madrid. The youngest of the three engaged me in conversation until we parted in Ribadiso. Her English minimal, my Spanish non-existence, but we understood each other and made an instant connection. I got a sense that we both wished she had continued on to Arzúa, my Camino destination for tonight. 

Once I made it to Arzúa I headed directly to Pension Teodora www.casateodra.com, my accommodation for tonight. After a much needed shower I explored the town and then had dinner at Casa Teodora. The steak was brilliant. Great service and an excellent local cheese offering, with some tasty quince to finish the meal.

Earlier in the day, while seated in the Santiago de Albá church, I thought about this quote from Irish Philosopher and Celtic Scholar John O’Donohue, “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny and the map of your future. Trust this side of yourself. It will take you where you need to go but it will also teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey”.

This is something I’ve often written and spoken about, honouring your inner truth and making your own meaning. I can also assure you that what will unfold will challenge your thinking, at times even  test your resolve. Thinking and reflecting on what is unfolding allows us to find new possibilities in self and the importance of relationships we value. 

It’s equally important to respect the journey and understand the rhythm or heartbeat that moves you in particular directions. I’m a firm believer that you need to see life as a learning experience rather than one that is linearly couched in simply right and wrong. 

"Success in any endeavour depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self" ~ Ralph Marsten

It is often also through the profoundness of story we as humans make sense of the world. If we want a well lived life we need to construct powerful narratives for ourselves. Exploration not only allows us to discover new places, but ask the serious and tough questions of self. So, when was last time you had a great honest conversation with yourself?
I encourage each of you to search your inner landscape of beauty. Follow yourself and let your light shine into the world. Reflect upon how your story could impact positively for others. Give yourself the permission to leave a beautiful imprint wherever you go. For the common good. For the people.

I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity to walk the Camino and explore Spain. The rhythm of my life is unfolding as it should.

This entry is dedicated to my friend Oscar. For the people amigo.
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+ Day 4: Camino de Santiago

So the buffet breakfast at Casa Benilde was lovely. It was made equally special because all the Spanish women of the hotel kept fussing over me. I have no idea what they were even saying to me but I’m not complaining!

After breakfast I headed to Santiago de Albá which is the main church in Palas de Rei. Beautiful little church where I purchased a candle for 1€ and sat quietly near the alter in prayer. A few quiet words for family and friends.

Most of today’s long 28.5km trek I chose to be alone to allow myself the opportunity to sit in the moment. The weather today was spectacular and the clear blue hue of the sky brought warmth and colour to the Galicia scenery. I found myself surrendering to the beauty of the outer landscape throughout most parts of today’s discovery. My images just give you a small insight into the intoxicating panorama of this magnificent countryside. Today, Spain brought its A game. And above it all I most enjoyed listening to the rhythmic sounds of nature. Many times I also appreciated the serenity of silence. 

During the final 6kms I meet three Spanish women all from Madrid. The youngest of the three engaged me in conversation until we parted in Ribadiso. Her English minimal, my Spanish non-existence, but we understood each other and made an instant connection. I got a sense that we both wished she had continued on to Arzúa, my Camino destination for tonight. 

Once I made it to Arzúa I headed directly to Pension Teodora www.casateodra.com, my accommodation for tonight. After a much needed shower I explored the town and then had dinner at Casa Teodora. The steak was brilliant. Great service and an excellent local cheese offering, with some tasty quince to finish the meal.

Earlier in the day, while seated in the Santiago de Albá church, I thought about this quote from Irish Philosopher and Celtic Scholar John O’Donohue, “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny and the map of your future. Trust this side of yourself. It will take you where you need to go but it will also teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey”.

This is something I’ve often written and spoken about, honouring your inner truth and making your own meaning. I can also assure you that what will unfold will challenge your thinking, at times even  test your resolve. Thinking and reflecting on what is unfolding allows us to find new possibilities in self and the importance of relationships we value. 

It’s equally important to respect the journey and understand the rhythm or heartbeat that moves you in particular directions. I’m a firm believer that you need to see life as a learning experience rather than one that is linearly couched in simply right and wrong. 

"Success in any endeavour depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self" ~ Ralph Marsten

It is often also through the profoundness of story we as humans make sense of the world. If we want a well lived life we need to construct powerful narratives for ourselves. Exploration not only allows us to discover new places, but ask the serious and tough questions of self. So, when was last time you had a great honest conversation with yourself?
I encourage each of you to search your inner landscape of beauty. Follow yourself and let your light shine into the world. Reflect upon how your story could impact positively for others. Give yourself the permission to leave a beautiful imprint wherever you go. For the common good. For the people.

I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity to walk the Camino and explore Spain. The rhythm of my life is unfolding as it should.

This entry is dedicated to my friend Oscar. For the people amigo.
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+ Day 4: Camino de Santiago

So the buffet breakfast at Casa Benilde was lovely. It was made equally special because all the Spanish women of the hotel kept fussing over me. I have no idea what they were even saying to me but I’m not complaining!

After breakfast I headed to Santiago de Albá which is the main church in Palas de Rei. Beautiful little church where I purchased a candle for 1€ and sat quietly near the alter in prayer. A few quiet words for family and friends.

Most of today’s long 28.5km trek I chose to be alone to allow myself the opportunity to sit in the moment. The weather today was spectacular and the clear blue hue of the sky brought warmth and colour to the Galicia scenery. I found myself surrendering to the beauty of the outer landscape throughout most parts of today’s discovery. My images just give you a small insight into the intoxicating panorama of this magnificent countryside. Today, Spain brought its A game. And above it all I most enjoyed listening to the rhythmic sounds of nature. Many times I also appreciated the serenity of silence.

During the final 6kms I meet three Spanish women all from Madrid. The youngest of the three engaged me in conversation until we parted in Ribadiso. Her English minimal, my Spanish non-existence, but we understood each other and made an instant connection. I got a sense that we both wished she had continued on to Arzúa, my Camino destination for tonight.

Once I made it to Arzúa I headed directly to Pension Teodora www.casateodra.com, my accommodation for tonight. After a much needed shower I explored the town and then had dinner at Casa Teodora. The steak was brilliant. Great service and an excellent local cheese offering, with some tasty quince to finish the meal.

Earlier in the day, while seated in the Santiago de Albá church, I thought about this quote from Irish Philosopher and Celtic Scholar John O’Donohue, “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny and the map of your future. Trust this side of yourself. It will take you where you need to go but it will also teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey”.

This is something I’ve often written and spoken about, honouring your inner truth and making your own meaning. I can also assure you that what will unfold will challenge your thinking, at times even test your resolve. Thinking and reflecting on what is unfolding allows us to find new possibilities in self and the importance of relationships we value.

It’s equally important to respect the journey and understand the rhythm or heartbeat that moves you in particular directions. I’m a firm believer that you need to see life as a learning experience rather than one that is linearly couched in simply right and wrong.

"Success in any endeavour depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self" ~ Ralph Marsten

It is often also through the profoundness of story we as humans make sense of the world. If we want a well lived life we need to construct powerful narratives for ourselves. Exploration not only allows us to discover new places, but ask the serious and tough questions of self. So, when was last time you had a great honest conversation with yourself?
I encourage each of you to search your inner landscape of beauty. Follow yourself and let your light shine into the world. Reflect upon how your story could impact positively for others. Give yourself the permission to leave a beautiful imprint wherever you go. For the common good. For the people.

I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity to walk the Camino and explore Spain. The rhythm of my life is unfolding as it should.

This entry is dedicated to my friend Oscar. For the people amigo.

6permissionistriumph, CaminodeSantiago,

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