The Camino de Santiago is the Way of St. James. But who is St. James? Discovering the answer is more complicated than you might imagine. FULL VIDEO HERE! James in the Bible Just like today, in New Testament (NT) times some names were more popular than others. Hence, there are a lot of Johns, Marys, … Continue reading Who is Saint James?
Compostelas, Credencials, and Certificates
In the beginning, Camino pilgrims brought back a scallop shell back from Santiago as proof of their pilgrimage. Once people started scalping (scalloping?) them, though, more authoritative means were required for proof. This began as letters of authentication which eventually evolved to certificates of completion of which there are now many. To make things more … Continue reading Compostelas, Credencials, and Certificates
The Camino Shell
There is nothing more iconic than the Camino Shell. They are used on signs and sidewalks to mark the way to Santiago along numerous routes, and actual shells are worn by pilgrims almost ubiquitously. But the origin story of this symbolic scallop is somewhat mysterious. Santiago Since the Camino is literally the way of St. … Continue reading The Camino Shell
Introduction to Camino MMXX
This is a new blog I have made for my cousin and I to report on our upcoming Camino plans. You can follow the whole thing chronologically or click on the author to see our posts separately. ¡Buen Camino! It was about 5 years ago that I first heard of the Camino de Santiago - … Continue reading Introduction to Camino MMXX