Victor Hugo once wrote of the Rhine that “the whole history of Europe lies in this river.” For centuries this waterway proved a profitable trade passage between the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Today it’s still a major artery for the river economy, with some 100,000 ships a year traveling up and down in […]
There are times in life when opportunities might be scarce to you. And if that’s the case, know that it’s not always about having multiple doors to choose from. Sometimes it might just be one. You’ll never know how that one simple door will impact your life unless you take the risks to open it. […]
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.