The 15 Things That Surprised Me Most About the Camino de Santiago

Hey guys, I’m back! As you may have seen on Instagram, I recently finished the Camino de Santiago. Overall, it was one of the most profound and enriching experiences of my life.

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses, though – it was hard, both physically and mentally. Mostly, it was just long – I walked the camino for 36 days.

But first, what is the Camino de Santiago? The camino is a network of European pilgrimage routes that all converge at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

While traditionally the camino was a religious pilgrimage, today many pilgrims (a.k.a. the people who walk the camino) do it for non-religious reasons.

I started my camino in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France. Which means I walked nearly 500 miles to reach Santiago de Compostela. Nope, I can’t believe that either.

Anyway, I have a LOT to share about the camino: life lessons,

Keep reading this article on Ashley Abroad.

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