Walking outside to get inside.
Since spring 2003 we have walked several pilgrimages, both alone and together. This page introduces you to where we have walked and to our writings about our pilgrimages.
Many go on a pilgrimage in a car, plane, or train, while others go on a bicycle or on foot. We are foot pilgrims. We like to go on foot both because we just like to walk and because we enjoy literally following in the footsteps of the pilgrims of the middle ages. We like to feel the world pass under us one step at a time.
The walk is the destination. As pilgrims our destination is just as much our hearts, souls, minds, bodies, and spirits where we are as it is a place on the surface of the earth. In fact, this is the real goal of any pilgrimage: to gain knowledge of and feeling for oneself and everything around. The city or shrine named as the destination is only a convenient goal to keep one walking, experiencing, listening, thinking, and feeling, to keep one receiving the grace and gifts that pour into one when s/he walks with an open heart, mind, soul, and spirit.
With this in mind, we have to realize that all life is a pilgrimage. This page and the pages it points you to are about a few smaller pilgrimages in the larger pilgrimage of our lives.
Our past pilgrimages
This map illustrates the pilgrimages we walked in Europe since early 2003. You can read what we have written here about each of the routes by clicking on that route in the map or on the list below the map.
Our pilgrimage walks. (I scanned this map from the official Spanish pilgrim's passport.)
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