The people you meet while walking Camino de Santiago are people from all over the world. Therefore it offers you a chance to connect, sit and share a meal, or a drink with people you don’t know. Something that rarely happens in our usual daily lives.
To give you an idea of what this looks like; on Camino, before writing this blog I talked to, and spent time with, the following people.
- A 15-year-old boy who was on a college cultural trip and given the challenge to talk to people he would not approach at home.
- 26-year-old Italian girl struggling with the pressure and cultural expectations of her family to marry. We walked and talked for more than 3 hours.
- 24-year-old German girl who was trying to make meaning of her life and understand the world. She was so insightful and showed me hope in the young.
- A gorgeous 60-year-old woman from the UK who had lost her lifelong partner to cancer. We walked together over several weeks and shared many wonderful hours together.
- An inspiring man from Barcelona who spent the last 2 years in a wheelchair and was celebrating his healing journey. I was so inspired and brought to tears while talking to him.
I am blown away by the fullness in my heart every day when on Camino. I meet so many people who alter my perception and leave me in awe of the human spirit.
“And thus ever by day and night, under the sun and under the stars, climbing the dusty hills and toiling along the weary plains, journeying by land and journeying by sea, coming and going so strangely, to meet and to act and react on one another, move all we restless travellers through the pilgrimage of life.”
– Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit