Category Archives: Finland

… go

I set out this morning. Surprisingly emotional moment: A lump in my throat and a few tears welling up. 2km to the coach stop I’d just settled on the coach when our daughter called me. My first thought was ‘what … Continue reading

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T minus 2 : travelling south

The part of the camino I’m least looking forward to is the getting to St Jean Pied de Port. I’ve planned it … I think I know what I’m doing … but I’m getting apprehensive and feel there are too … Continue reading

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T minus 3 : time to celebrate

Part of the Way of St James goes through the Rioja region of Spain, and my friend Reija bought us a bottle of rosé to toast my forthcoming pilgrimage … I haven’t ignored the walking or running this week either, … Continue reading

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Pandas, snakes and other wildlife!

We’ve seen two snakes in the wild. One was definitely an added (viper) and in the forest there have been traces of other animals (including a glimpse of a deer) which has kept the dogs very excited. Today, however it … Continue reading

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I’m sitting here – watching the sky change before the sun sets – and experiencing (not only observing) what a blessing this week’s holiday before I start my Camino really is! It’s as if I’m being recalibrated … moving away … Continue reading

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Meeting God in others …

One of my hopes for the Camino is to meet God in the pilgrims (and other people) I meet, and in the stories I hear and in the things I observe. Starting my sabbatical here in Ähtäri, and on holiday … Continue reading

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Peregrina preparatio 10 1/2

This wasn’t really a pilgrimage … but was definitely preparation for my Camino. Two days 13km + 3 km of walking with Tinka 2 ferries 1 long bus journey (and a car journey on the way there) Overnight at my … Continue reading

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