A letter to… the priest who signed my Compostela

Dear friend, It was New Year’s Eve, 2010. The close of the Holy Year and the final day of my short first camino.  I arrived in Santiago de Compostela at 3:15 p.m. with the door set to shut at 4:30 p.m. in preparation for the Mass and the ceremonies and the dignitaries with speeches. I […]

A letter to… Amy

Dear Amy, I really didn’t want to retire.  I loved being a teacher because it kept me feeling young when I was surrounded by teenagers all day.  I didn’t have time to think about getting older, and I carried on teaching until I was 69, just after you died.  Your funeral was amazing, the chapel […]

A letter to… my father – we’ve forgiven each other at last

Dear Dad, You weren’t with me on my Camino – and you’d been dead for some 20-odd years – but you were along for the walk all the same.   Trudging through Galicia in the rain, I felt the long,  painful slog that your life was.   Laughing with pretty women in cafes, I felt […]

A letter to… a would-be pilgrim

Dear Pilgrim, Are you having second thoughts?  Pre-Camino doubts?  Well, don’t! I stumbled across the Camino Frances whilst on holiday and as we drove along the motorway close to Burgos, I could hear it whispering… come walk.  I was a rather plump, middle aged woman.  I was three years clear of cancer and maybe I […]

A letter to say… I tried and succeeded

What you say about the Camino and having a difficult time describing the experience to others is so true. I did the Camino because my husband wanted to do it and wanted me to join him. A friend had done the Camino and wanted to do it again but her health prevented that. I wasn’t […]

A letter to God… I know who you are now!

Dear God – I Know Who You Are Now! OK, we both know I didn’t really believe all the stories.   I was dragged into churches for most of my young life, made to sing hymns with incomprehensible lyrics and listen to sermons with even more incomprehensible jargon.  It’s a wonder any kid grows up […]

A letter to… my younger self: Wake Up!

They say that you can’t put an old head on young shoulders.  Sadly it’s true.  Here I am, in my 58th year, and only now am I beginning to realise what life is all about, and the things that should be important. It’s taken a solitary often painful walk, totally unplugged from the ‘World’ for […]