Santiago where the wind greets you (in color)

“If you know how much I love you, you’d cry of joy.”Exactly ten years ago, in summer days, I was walking through the Tibetan Himalayas. I walked wit…

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“If you know how much I love you, you’d cry of joy.”Exactly ten years ago, in summer days, I was walking through the Tibetan Himalayas. I walked with a very painful headache from altitude sickness, and I walked on the muddy trails, chitchatting with my Chinese friends in the mountain rain. I remember that one day I took off in a car and sped without any direction, suddenly surprised by the unforgettable scenery of a lake and mountains, reflected by the sunset glow. It is ten years ago that I was touched to tears by the impression of Dalai Buddhists, who walked hundreds and thousands of kilometers from the door of their house to the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. And ten years later this summer, I am walking to Santiago de Compostela on two clay shoes and it has been over 30 days so far.“We have to be brave to say hello and also to say goodbye.”This is one of the things that I learned from Camino de Santiago: because we were heading to the same destination, we could become friends in the same boat. But as time went, we slowly recognized that one day we should say goodbye and go our own way after the pilgrimage. It was difficult to say goodbye to really good friends.This is a travel essay and photo gallery traveled through French way (Camino Francés) of camino de santiago, also in the names of Peregrinatio Compostellana, Pilgrimage of Compostela, O Camiño de Santiago leading from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. This road is called, The way of Saint James. This is registered as UNESCO World Heritage site. You will need to get a pilgrim’s passport (also called credencial) and follow the sign of shells or yellow arrows. You will experience many types of albergue or religious dormitory/bed for all journey. I hope you don’t meet any bed bugs that I suffered from in hot summer.The main and popular routes are Camino Francés ( French Way) , Camino Primitivo ( Original Way) , Camino Portugué (the Portuguese Way) and Camino del Norte (Northern Way).Here is the route taken for this time of pilgrimage. Day 0. Bratislava (Slovakia) -> Madrid(Spain) -> Pamplona (Spain) -> Saint-JeanPied de Port (France) Day 1. Saint-Jean Pied de Port ->Roncesvalles Day 2. Roncesvalles -> Zubiri Day 3. Zubiri -> Pamplona Day 4. Pamplona -> Puente la Reina Day 5. Puente la Reina -> Estella Day 6. Estella -> Los Arcos Day 7. Los Arcos -> Logrono Day 8. Logrono -> Najera Day 9. Najera -> Santo Domingo de laCalzada Day 10. Santo Domingo de la Calzada ->Belorado Day 11. Belorado -> Ages Day 12. Ages -> Burgos Day 13. Burgos -> Hontanas Day 14. Hontanas -> Boadilla del Camino Day 15. Boadilla del Camino -> Carrion delos Condes Day 16. Carrion de los Condes ->Terradillos de los Templarios Day 17. Terradillos de los Templarios -> ElBurgo Ranero Day 18. El Burgo Ranero -> Mansilla de lasMulas Day 19. Mansilla de las Mulas -> Leon Day 20. Leon -> San Martin del Camino Day 21. San Martin del Camino -> Astorga Day 22. Astorga -> Foncebadon Day 23. Foncebadon -> Ponferrada Day 24. Ponferrada -> Villafranca del Bierzo Day 25. Villafranca del Bierzo -> O Cebreiro Day 26. O Cebreiro -> Triacastela Day 27. Triacastela -> Sarria Day 28. Sarria -> Gonzar Day 29. Gonzar-> Melide Day 30. Melide -> O Pedrouzo Day 31. O Pedrouzo -> Santiago deCompostela

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