Steampunk fairyland: Through the door at Brookline’s new Corey Hill Park

This past Saturday was a perfect fall day here in New England. That afternoon, I rode my bike to the bottom of Summit Ave. and parked at the corner of Beacon Street in… Continue reading

Patterned Behavior: New art on Boston’s Esplanade

I always take pictures of street art when I travel. Here’s a piece I discovered walking down a back street in Santiago de Compostela… My latest trip made me think about the most… Continue reading

Last day: Sellos of Approval

In order to be an official pilgrim of the Camino, you must collect sellos, or stamps, in your Credential del Peregrino booklet at churches and other places along the way. For those starting… Continue reading

Day 6: On the Way to Santiago de Compostela

We made it! Mural in Melide. We are successful pilgrims now. But let’s back up for a minute. We headed out from O Pino late – around 8 a.m. – and made it… Continue reading

Day 5: O Pino

Parts of the Camino feel worn down by centuries of walking feet. There are walls that rise up on either side of the path, and can get quite high. The air gets very… Continue reading

Day 4: The Way to Arzùa

Is it me, or is my backpack getting lighter? I like entering towns on foot instead of by car or train. It’s a unique experience for the typical 21st century traveler. We walked… Continue reading

Day 3: Melide and the Pilgrim Way

It’s not easy being a pilgrim. Still, I keep thinking about how arduous the Camino must have been for pilgrims hundreds of years ago, before hotels, cafes, pharmacies and gift shops. Today’s way… Continue reading

Day 2: the Way to Palas de Rei

Another day of miracles: of bags delivered to hotels and hot showers; of Advil and arnica; of a land where wine is cheaper than water, and of French fries with every meal after… Continue reading

Day 1, Part 2: Las Caministas

The first day of our “family Camino” took us from Sarria to Portomarìn, a little under 20 km – not a killer, but it got hot for New Englanders/New Yorkers in October. We… Continue reading

On our way: el Camino de Santiago

My mom has always wanted to go on the Camino de Santiago, the way of St James. When my dad passed away in February, the idea became more urgent. To support her on… Continue reading