Different Paths by David Atkinson


This is a fifficult story for me to tell. And the difficulty lies not so much in getting the facts straight as the feelings.

It is the story of my pilgrimage on the French Camino to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain in the fall of 2013 with one of my closest friends, Ricardo Blanco. Over much of the way, I struggled with my own inner turmoil over how I wanted to do that pilgrimage, and my failure to be clear with him (and perhaps his with me); at times I lost perspective and a sense of purpose, not to speak of humor.

So I tell the story to try to gain some clarity about the venture and about the relationship, to relive an experience that, despite the conflicts and confusion, I treasure. And I tell the story in the hopes that it will strike a note with others who have engaged in similar adventures, or intend to, and that it will provide a few hints on what to do, and what not to do, on a pilgrimage to Santiago, or anywhere, for that matter.

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