To Santiago

On May 15, 2018, exactly 40 days after leaving Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, I reached the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela by foot. By some miracle I made it! And there was a tourist train out front to greet me. Of course! I'm going to go ride that train later today to make... Continue Reading →

The night before Santiago total: $5,482

I will be walking into Santiago tomorrow morning with my head held high. I am proud of two things when I hobble into the cathedral square: I actually made it almost 500 miles across Spain, despite all of my internal obstacles (not in the best shape, not an experienced hiker, self-doubts, a left ankle with... Continue Reading →

Carrion de Los Condes

Hi everyone. Welcome to the latest installment of "Camino Jen vs the sun." I woke up yesterday morning in Fromista very early with the tell-tale signs of photodermatitis: itchy blistering on my right arm, chest, and chin (probably where my hat doesn't cover). It's clear that the multiple layers of my Badger Zinc sunscreen were... Continue Reading →

The Meseta— to Castrojeriz

I didn't mean to come off negative about the meseta yesterday; I was trying to communicate how surreal it was with the color of the sky, the silence, the desolation, the isolation (until the two kids in dirt bikes came through). Today was day two of crossing the meseta, but a completely different experience because... Continue Reading →


This is a pretty personal post, but I must get it off my chest before the problem leads to the rest of my self-conscious, low self-esteem demons rising up. Down, personal demons, down! When I was pre-k (essentially my earliest memories), my parents used to say things about me snoring. They had my tonsils and... Continue Reading →

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