I’m sharing one of my favourite picture memories from the Camino de Santiago which sums up how I feel when I walk the Camino de Santiago. As I wandered through the lush green vineyards and magical woodland of northern Spain, I felt such a sense of peace and happiness.
You see, the Camino de Santiago is my home. I can’t imagine a better place to be.
I moved to Spain eleven years ago and walked across the whole of northern Spain on my French Camino de Santiago in 2016.
I had the pleasure of walking along the stunning Atlantic Coast of northern Portugal, heading north through Spain to reach Santiago de Compostela on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago in 2018.
My love for the Camino inspired me to move to the Portuguese Camino de Santiago with William, my furry peruna to begin a new adventure as a Camino guide. I lived in Porto, a major starting point of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago for 18 months while learning more on the traditions and the culture of the Portuguese route.
I moved to the Portuguese town of Caminha in 2019 where I explored the areas of Caminha, Villa Nova de Ceveira and Valenca.
Like many, my world was turned upside down in 2020 as many pilgrims were grounded. On the 1st May, the Camino de Santiago opened and I wandered along the Portuguese Spiritual route ending another Camino in Santiago de Compostela, the promised land.
My wanderings led me back to the Camino Frances where I walked through the mountains of Leon and Castille. The highlight of my journey was hiking up to Cruz de Ferro and O Cebreiro. I’ll be spending the rest of the summer of 2021 wandering the Camino de Santiago.
The Camino de Santiago is home, my friend. Spain and Portugal are my countries of choice because I love everything about them. Walking the Camino feels like coming home to myself. The place where I feel the most alive.
I share my love for the people, the culture, the food, and my passion for the Camino in my book, A Wild Woman’s Guide To The Camino de Santiago. I share everything you need to know before you begin your Camino. Read at A Wild Woman’s Guide To The Camino De Santiago or click the link below.
(c) Samantha Wilson 2019. All Rights Reserved.