My Camino de Santiago 2017 – Day 0 – Bayonne, France

This space will serve as a live journal of sorts for my journey on the Camino Frances. It won’t exactly be live, but I’ll post as I can, going back into past days and posting what I think, feel, experience, see, etc. each day.



The train to St. Jean Pied de Port leaves in about 45 minutes. It’s strange to be here, just over 3 years after being here the first time. Because this won’t be my first time on the Camno de Santiago, I’m back to where it all began in many ways. I didn’t see how beautiful the town of Bayonne is the first time I was here. Though I only saw a bit a for a few minutes as I walked here from the bus stop, it was nice. It does help that it’s a beautiful day.  Continue reading

The Next Leg

It’s been a few days since I last wrote here. I know my last post wasn’t among the most hopeful, but it was necessary for me to say it. It was a sorting out of my thoughts and current circumstances. I just happened to do it in the public forum that is this blog. Things are better now in regard to my immediate plans. I have things more figured out.

Some may know by now, but for those who don’t, I’m traveling to Europe. Continue reading

Plans for Unification

In the post Multiple Choice Life, I did my best to explain some of my desires for my life and their competing nature. I want to have a family, but I also want to travel. Perhaps those two aren’t as mutually exclusive as I see them now, but I see what I see. If the reality is far removed from my perception of it, my perception still stands.

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Camino Vignettes: Leaving Viana

This is the second installment of ‘Camino Vignettes’, stories about my time walking the Camino de Santiago. You can find the first installment here. You can also read about my general overview of the Camino here.


There were several times on the Camino de Santiago that I found myself in what I’ll refer to as ‘special cultural situations’.

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The Traveler’s Community

I genuinely appreciate every comment I receive here. Each time someone comments on a post, I am encouraged to continue writing. Occasionally, a comment really gives me pause and causes me to think. I recently received such a comment. It was so insightful that I felt compelled to write a post answering it. This is part two of my response. Again, thank you to the commenter.

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The Master Traveler

I received a comment on a recent post that I want to spend some time discussing here.  The comment reads:

I have always loved the idea of being a mastered traveler.  I have several friends, including you, who are modern hobos, seekers, and/or travelers.  Part of me loves watching their adventures and growth, but the other part of me knows how lonely it can be to be a traveler.  Can you be a master traveler and still have a community/home that is fulfilling, or will you always be wandering?

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