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Starting my Camino de Santiago on the Trenhotel from Barcelona to Leon

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I took the overnight Trenhotel between Barcelona and Granada when I travelled in Spain in 2011. I knew starting the Camino de Santiago in Leon, approximately 300 km from Santiago de Compostela, would require a bus or train from Madrid or Barcelona, so once I booked a flight to Barcelona, taking Trenhotel to Leon became an option.

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Watching the botafumeiro in Santiago de Compostela

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about returning to the Camino de Santiago. In fact, I’m having a hard time getting my head to go anywhere else these days. Thinking back to September 2014, I stood among crowds of peregrinos and daytrippers in the path of giant incense burner, feeling like I accomplished something significant in my life, even though the purpose wasn’t entirely clear at that point. So, today, I think about the Camino and whether we’re meant to meet again sooner, rather than later.

Visit New York in the winter? YES!

New York is a year-round destination, but the tourist population is at its most dense in the summer and between American Thanksgiving and New Year’s. If you want to experience a slightly quieter New York, visit in the dead of winter, like I just did.

NYC from the air winter
Approaching NYC in the winter. Photo by @miss_close

Winter travel can be a drag. Snowstorms are common in the Northeastern United States, and temperatures can vary wildly. However, hotels are a little cheaper, tickets for shows are the same price, but the seat choices are better, restaurants and bars are easier to get into, and if you want to see a tv show taping, far less effort may be required on your part.  Continue reading Visit New York in the winter? YES!

Sleeping and Accommodations on the Camino de Santiago

In the Camino forums and the pilgrim gatherings I’ve attended, a lot of people have a lot of questions and anxiety about one important matter: sleeping. So much so, a lot of prospective pilgrims I met put their feet down and booked private accommodations before they even laid a foot on the path.

Experienced pilgrims will tell you, “Everyone walks their own Camino,” and sleeping is no exception. There is no right way to sleep across Spain, but I’m of the opinion you’ll get more out of the Camino experience if you experience more than a private room with ensuite. Except for two nights, I stayed in the common room of public and private albergues every night, which I ended up really enjoying in a “We’re all in this together!” sort of way and recommend for all of the good, bad and indifferent things that go along with that.
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