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This summer I had the chance to spend a week on the Camino, a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. There is nothing more serene than walking through the countryside, feeling the sunshine, the wind and the rain, walking through small towns, fields and forests.

‘Buen camino!’, it sounds so exotic when you first hear it. After a few days on trail, it’s the most common greeting that leaves your mouth as easily as ‘hola’. And that is what the camino is all about. These two words, buen camino, sum up the journey perfectly. There is an amazing sense of comradery. Wherever you started walking, you are now all in it together. Walkers all greet each other with a smile and those two words. I got the chance to spend a week on the camino to Santiago de Compostela. Together with my group I walked the last 118km of the old pilgrimage to the burial place of St James the apostle. We started in Sarria, with some steps past small shops and cafés. It led to a small monastery and church. Together with one of my travellers, I knocked on the door and it was…

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So I haven’t been in Spain in ages and I’m about to lead a tour in an area I have never been to. Ok, it’s walking the camino to Santiago de Compostela, so our main activity will be walking, but I could do with a brush up on Spanish culture. I read up on the pilgrimage online and in books, I talked to a colleague and I’ve got a few days in Santiago to get ready. And yes… I totally think that my day trip to the Costa da morte was research. Since I don’t have a car here, I decided to book a day trip. I was a bit apprehensive since day trips are a bit of a hit or miss, but this one was excellent. We drove for an hour through the countryside and arrived at the seaside town of Muxía. As soon as I stepped out of…

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