I realize that this blog is dedicated to my love of food but I feel compelled to share my experience on the Camino de Santiago. For those of you who don't know, this is a pilgrimage that has traditionally started from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The route is approximately 820km and takes a little over 30 days if you are walking. However, now there are routes all over Europe that take you to Santiago de Compostela. Now keep in mind that you can do this on a bike or horseback. I was not that ambitious nor did I have the time so I did 115km from Sarria, Spain. To receive the Compostela (certificate of completion), you must walk at least 100km, so it is a popular starting point for most Spaniards. There is a very long history of this pilgrimage but I won't go into here, you can research it yourself on wikipedia. Doing the Camino was a big deal for me because it was a physically as well as a mentally taxing. For those of you who know me personally, I don't think you would classify me as "active" or "outdoorsy" and would view this endeavor as outside my character. Then again, you would also know that I appreciate a challenge. Maybe I wouldn't of done it but because I met a fellow Fulbrighter Emily who wanted to go, plans were set. We arrived in Sarria on October 8th at about 7:30 in the morning, after being on a bus for the past 8 hours. It was dark and we had no idea where we were going. After having a cup of coffee, we see a sign leading us in the direction of the Camino.