The Best Way: El Camino de Santiago

Walker, Bill

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Synopsis: Since the times of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, Americans have headed off to Europe on odysseys of self-improvement. But until recently, Americans have not chosen 'the best way'—El Camino de Santiago. Bill Walker ("Skywalker") decided to undertake this 500 mile pilgrimage, stretching from the Pyrenees in southern France to the mystical Galician province in Northwest Spain. Better yet, he did it in the ‘Holy Year’ of 2010. Fully 200,000 pilgrims were struggling on foot to make it to the Great Gothic Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. The Camino is supposed to be a religious-spiritual pilgrimage. But some European pilgrims told Walker it was really the “The European Divorcee Trail.” At Walker's side was his 18 year-old nephew, Gavin, who thrives with his special brand of Fonzie-like charm. The towel-snapping banter between the two of them is reminiscent of the frat-boy dialogue between Bill Bryson and Katz. Better yet, the two of them learn just how delightful the French really can be (except, of course, when they’re being impossible), why the Germans are almost all model pilgrims, and the tragi-glorious roots of the Spanish national character.

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"I'm American to the core. So please forgive me if I say some foolish things when I'm overseas. It's my birthright."

"In spite of their Gallic annoyances, it's hard to escape the conclusion that the French are a little bit special."

"I didn't have a martyr's complex. Bleeding myself, or otherwise inducing suffering, was not for this particular pilgrim. Vomiting would have to do as my Camino sacrifice."

"This woman's humiliating putdown of my adolescent humor was to be the source of my greatest epiphany of the pilgrimage. El Camino de Santiago is not the European Divorcee Trail, after all."

"The great irony--the profoundly happy fact--is that a difficult journey on foot narrows our options greatly, yet somehow enlarges us at the same time. Perhaps it even holds out the possibility of bringing us just a little bit closer to God."

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