You can get lost in the north of Spain’s beauty and sprawling lush green vastness that you forget, if only for an evening, that the region is home to one of the world’s holiest relics. Deep in the Picos de Europe lies the 6th century Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana, home to the largest […]
The previous 4 weeks spent on the Camino had taught me that confessions come as freely as observations about the weather. Once the formality of people picking out my accent is ‘American’, rather than ‘British’, they proceeded to tell me their reasons for walking the Camino: they had survived cancer, they suffered from severe depression, […]
The Original Way of the Camino de Santiago also known as the Camino Primitivo is the oldest of the Camino routes. First used by pilgrims, including King Alfonso II, living in the Asturian capital of Oviedo back in the 9th century. Oviedo is the starting point of the Primitivo, but having started my Camino some […]
Historically, most people begin their pilgrimage with a prayer. I deviate from the pack and start mine with a coffee and croissant. It’s just after sunrise and I head west out of of the town of Irun to begin the Camino de Santiago, a 900-year-old journey to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the […]
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Hi, I’m Derek. I’m a writer, photographer, and ultra-marathon runner who acquired a love of travel though humanitarian work in unusual places.