Category Archives: Finland

Packing for Pilgrims

It feels only yesterday I was packing for the Camino. (In reality it’s almost ten months ago!) … So what have I learned since then? 1. I travelled light then. I’ll travel light now. ✅ 2. Packing for a short … Continue reading

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St Olav Waterway …beyond those steps!

Remember those steps? Here they are from the top! In preparation for our pilgrimage the week after next, and in view of the fact that we will set off from Turku in the evening, I thought I’d better see what … Continue reading

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Hiking v Pilgrimage

There is a difference, though I’m still very pushed to define precisely what that difference is. Maybe it simply boils down to intention … why did I set out on this particular journey? Or maybe not – I met a … Continue reading

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A peregrine adventure in Finland

After midsummer I’m going to be walking the first part of the soon-to-be opened St Olav Waterway, joining Finland to the St Olav Pilgrimage to Trondheim via Sweden. Yesterday, I had the brilliant idea to test out the first half … Continue reading

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Hiking in the snow

It’s amazing how quickly you get out of condition. I didn’t find the Camino as hard as I feared because I’d worked hard to get into shape and build up both muscles and stamina. Today I walked 8.5 km. “a … Continue reading

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… 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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Recalibration

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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