The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a pilgrimage of Medieval Origin to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the North West of Spain.
Legend has it that the remains of the Apostle Saint James the Great were buried here and discovered by a shepherd in the 9th century (read more about the history of the Camino). The city is, in fact, named after the apostle: Santiago de Compostela means St James of the Field of Stars.
The Camino de Santiago has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage for its important role in encouraging cultural exchanges between people from all over Europe and the world for many centuries. So, what exactly is the Camino de Santiago, then?
Today, more than a pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago is a unique experience and trip of a lifetime, with its routes attracting thousands of people from all over the world.
The following is my journey with my friend Melissa. Melissa is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Mel and I have had many adventures together in the 30 years or so years that we have been friends. Over the course of the years, we have driven across the country several times, climbed pyramids, braved sailing, tailgating, drove teens in the church van multiple time, and visited the Ice Castle in Quebec. We have gotten stranded in snow in the middle of the night, seen Jimmy Buffett in concert more times than we can count, and a lot more.
Here is a glimpse at our adventure in Spain...