Hello from the End of the World

When I started my Camino, I imagined that I would write and publish a live journal of sorts. I didn’t expect to do it every day, but I figured I’d write on a regular basis.

Once I started, however, I knew that the time spent thinking about each post, writing and editing it, would detract far too much from my living in the moment. Continue reading

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

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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Camino Vignettes: Keeping the Peace

This story is the first of a continuing series about my adventures on the Camino de Santiago.  You can read an overview of my time on the Camino here.


There is plenty to look at as one walks the Camino de Santiago.  A large part of the beauty of the Camino is its diversity.  Forests.  Plains.  Cities.  Mountains.  Tiny villages.  Vineyards.  Sunflower fields.

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The Road to Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is an instrumental part, not just of my journey, but of who I am as a person.  If someone truly wanted to understand me and why I see the world the way I do, he or she would have to understand the Camino and the impact it had on me.

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Welcome to Pilgrim Shelter

If you’ve been following up to this point, you probably noticed the change in the name of this blog.  It was a difficult decision to change the title because the previous one served me well.  SoR.Shelter was, and always will be, the title under which I started blogging.  However, I don’t think it encapsulated the scope of this blog well enough.

Thus, I bring you to ‘Pilgrim Shelter.’

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