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What I learned from the Camino de Santiago after I lost my job

I completed my Camino de Santiago in September 2014. Along the way, I encountered people who were at various crossroads in their lives. Some had lost children or partners. Some had just retired from long careers. Some were on a school or career break. Some needed to check out from their daily lives to reset and regroup.

I had more conversations about Camino motivations and learning along the way than I can recall. My story was boring and consistent: “It just feels like the right time in my life to do this.” I did my daily kilometres, collected my compostela, and flew home.

Compostela Colour

In April 2015, I lost my job. The government department where I worked was eliminated, my position along with it. On a sunny April morning, the first nice weather we had seen after a tough slog of a winter, my former colleagues and I streamed out of a conference room with our hand-delivered letters into blinding sunlight and uncertainty. As it turns out, receiving the compostela was the beginning of the journey, not the end of one.

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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.

Brooklyn Pizza Showdown: Grimaldi’s vs. Juliana’s

If you love pizza, I mean really love pizza, you will want to become a warrior in the legendary pizza feud between Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s, located next door to each other under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighbourhood.

Pizza for brunch at Juliana's in Brooklyn. #pizza #travel #newyork

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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!