Thursday, August 27, 2009
Training isn't the only preparation for a long distance trek, so besides walking and hiking and enjoying beautiful places in nature, I have been studying and learning about trekking and in particular about the Camino de Sanitago.
Reading and learning are two pleasures that I never seem to get enough of. So the research and reading have been a enjoyable part of my preparation.
Of the many books that I have read, here are two of my favorites.
Joyce is a nun, spiritual writer and retreat leader. When she turned 60, she walked the Camino de Santiago with Tom Pfeffer, a long time friend and retired priest. The book was born of this journey.
The subtitle and theme is "Life's Lessons From The Camino". Each chapter tells about how she grew from making the pilgrimage.
It is full of spiritual insight and practical advice. I enjoyed her gentle "voice", as she makes observations of the lessons learned on her Camino trip.
A must read for all planning to walk the Camino, as well as for those looking for insights into themselves and life in general.
Of all the Camino books I have read, this one is by far the best.
"I'm Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago" by Hape Kerkeling
Hape Kerkeling is a famous German comedian and actor. At age 36, the self described "pudgy couch potato", set out to walk the Camino de Santiago. This lively and entertaining book chronicles his Pilgrimage.
He is well loved by in Germany for his antics and this is the book that has driven Germans in record numbers to walk the Camino. And I can see why. His stories are humorous and his witty and hilarious accounts of fellow pilgrims are real life.
His Camino experience is interesting and wonderfully told. It is hysterical and yet also spiritual.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...he dedicated the book to his grandma. That alone makes it a winner for me. He mentions her often in his book. It seems she was a driving force in his life. Anyone who listens to the lessons their grandma offers is OK in my books!!
One of the better Camino books I've read.