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Time for Reflection – Camino de Santiago

Time for reflection – on the Camino Trail

Perhaps it is fitting, that after only a few days of walking with others, today is a day of serious reflection, and I walk alone.


The Camino is a very personal journey, and for me, represents a transition zone and re-evaluation of my life, where it is going, and how I am going to get myself there!  I am a very lucky girl.  I have had many opportunities to travel (only a percentage of my adventures are actually on this blog) and many more will come!  I have my health, and while over active at times, I also have my mind.  For these things, I am grateful.


The trail from Pamplona to Uterga was perfect for me today.  There were many opportunities to stop and reflect on life.  Last night, I received some bad news from home – a serious car accident with dire consequences affected a member of my family.  I am still anxiously waiting on more news, but this has given me plenty to reflect upon!

As some of you know, I was involved in an accident in 2011 – it could have been far more life altering that it was.  I have been told that I am lucky I still can walk – perhaps one the  reasons I have decided to walk the Camino.  I am so very grateful that I can do this, and  while my legs and feet hurt, I am able to keep going, knowing that this is a privilege.

pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella

The terrain of the Camino Trail continues to surprise me.  The descents are steep, with loose rocks making a turn of the ankle a real possibility each step of the way.  I find it gives rise to many small stops, to rest the knees and ankles.  It also gives me time to think, to take pause and reflect on the wonders of life.

walking St James Way

My reflection today centered on life – how fragile it can be, and how fortunate I am to be living the life I live, even with it’s ups and downs.  It is much like the Camino Trail as I go up and down, over the ranges, between towns, and onwards with my fellow pilgrims.

trail markers on the Camino de Santiago

The Camino Trail is a religious pilgrimage that has been walked for centuries.  It is also a spiritual walk.  Many walk for so many different reasons – for those walking the entire route, from St Jean Pied du Port to Santiago de Compestella, it is a significant journey.  For me, it is a definitely a significant journey and time for reflection.

pilgrimage reflection

Thank you for joining me as I undertake this pilgrimage.

Whether in life or on the trail, Buen Camino.


About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


13 thoughts on “Time for Reflection – Camino de Santiago

  1. Hope you get better news about your relative, very soon.

    Enjoying your posts and photos about the Camino 🙂

    Posted by Marianne | September 12, 2012, 9:09 am
  2. Anita, best wishes sent your way. A thoughtful post.

    Posted by drawandshoot | September 12, 2012, 10:43 am
    • Thanks Karen. I am finding the time to think on the Camino comes in waves. At times, there is loads of time, others – there are loads of people! Regardless, it is an interesting journey and I am looking forward to much more time of reflection.

      Posted by Anita Mac | September 12, 2012, 2:45 pm
  3. looks fantastic, must be great, and reflections are always a bonus !
    enjoy every step and every thought.

    Posted by pim | September 12, 2012, 11:26 am
  4. So sorry to hear your news, it’s times like these we are reminded to be thankful for all that we have in our lives. Thanks for reminding us all of this. I wish you all the best on the remainder of your journey and of course, for your family member too.

    Posted by miramiandmog | September 12, 2012, 1:28 pm
  5. Loving your post – beautiful photos – thanks for taking your readers along:)

    Posted by cravesadventure | September 14, 2012, 7:07 pm
  6. Buen Camino, Anita. I’m sorry about the bad news from home, and hope it’s improved by now.

    Posted by Robin | September 17, 2012, 1:56 pm


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