This photo of Brian has nothing to do with the pilgrimage but was taken in Barcelona while living in Spain.
My son is in Spain right now walking the pilgrimage of the Camino De Santiago. He lived in Spain for a few years while getting his Masters in Romance Languages and Translation and always wanted to have the time to take this pilgrimage. The story of Camino De Santiago in Spain originates, according to legend, with a hermit who lived in the 9th century. He was guided in a dream and told to follow the stars, which he did, until he ended up in Santiago in Spain. It was here that he found the bones of the early Christian St. James, and it was only a matter of time before word got around and pilgrims from all over Europe started coming to see the holy relics in Spain. During this period of Christian history people believed that by performing a pilgrimage to Santiago in Spain their previous sins would be absolved and they would earn themselves a place in heaven.
Although there are obvious advances in transport in the 20th century, many people still prefer to perform their pilgrimage to Santiago in Spain either on foot or bicycle. The actual route one can take to perform the pilgrimage in Santiago in Spain varies, although the main route and most popular begins in France and passes through or near most of the major towns in the North of Spain on the way to Santiago including San Sebastian and Bilbao. Brian flew in to Portugal and spent a few days and then took the train to San Sebastian and began his walk from there. He is staying in special hostels along the pilgrimage route.
He expects to be walking for around four or more weeks depending on how many miles he feels like going each day. I will have very limited contact with him only by phone when he finds a place to call occasionally. It sounds like such an interesting trip and I hope he finds the experience what he thinks it can be for him. After his return to the states he will be moving from Maryland to Buffalo to enter into the Ph.D. program.