Camino de Santiago de Compostela- Maggie Jimenez
Where did you go? This past May, I traveled to Spain where I was fortunate to walk 300km in the beautiful Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It was a 16 day walk full of many blessings, including wonderful people that I met along the way and life lessons that I will never forget.
I have been very lucky to have traveled to different places in the world, but nothing compares to the experience in Santiago de Compostela. Its a journey that everyone should do at least once in your life. Its an unforgettable trip were you reconnect with your inner self and get to live amazing experiences along the way. I the most incredible people, true angels.
I confronted my fears and reconciled with my childhood….reconnected with that young Maggie that I had forgotten and needed so much. I have come to name this trip “Camino a mi fé” (“Walk to my faith”) and very soon will be sharing more details in my new blog. Stay tuned.
What did you enjoy doing the most? Favorite food? What I enjoyed the most was meeting new people from all over the world. Some of them were true angels and brought great lessons to my life. About the food…it was delicious! The menu of a pilgrim is very simple yet tasty and fresh. The food I had throughout the journey made me feel at home and reminded me of my grandmother’s kitchen.
What I really enjoyed having after walking for 25 – 30 km daily was caldo Gallego. Food from Galicia is delicious and in this region of Spain, you can have “pulpo gallego”, one of the best octopus I’ve had in my life. I will never forget the town of Melide and its restaurante, EZEQUIEL. Highly recommended!
Where did you stay? I don’t remember the names of all the places, specially the hostels because we visited 13 different towns. I do remember it was a very different experience and at first, and at first had a hard time going to bed in rooms with 15-20 other people. But as the days went by, I got more confortable and it turned out to be a great experience!
Would you go back? Of course!!! I would love to go back to and do the Camino de Santiago de Compostela with my two daughters. I would love for them to have that experience, get exposed to other cultures and appreciate the beautiful scenery. Its a journey that everyone should encounter.
Tips for someone visiting for the first time. The most importante thing is be open minded and have no expectations. I recommend you go with an open heart to all the experiences and situations you will encounter. If you decide to do the walk like a true pilgrim, I recommend you stay in hostels. There are hotels where you can stay if you prefer, but if you want to have a true experience, hostel is the way.
The food in Spain is delicious and in any town you go, you will have plenty of options to choose from. Food is cheap and 100% homemade, fresh and very tasty.
If you are a US Citizen, you will not need a visa. I do recommend you pack Advil, Tylenol or any pain releiver because trust me, your muscles will be aching. In all the towns you visit there are pharmacies in case of emergency.
Places to visit: all the churches in the medieval towns, la cruz de Fierro, la puerta del Perdón en la iglesia de Santiago en Molinaseca, el Castillo de Ponferrada , el Arbol de los sueños en Herrarias de Valcarce, el albergue del beso en Triacastela, el centro de Portomarin y la presa, and la cruz de Monterroso
are all a “must”.
Next trips? My next trip will hopefully be Germany. I am looking forward to exploring this beautiful country with my daughters. I also have planned to go to Acapulco in Mexico and Boston, Massachusetts where I will spend some days before my daughter Nicole starts college. I want to enjoy her as much as I can!
Where can we keep up with your traveling and new projects? Follow me at @jimenezmaggie via Instagram and Twitte, Maggie Jimenez Page in Facebook , Maggie Jimenez Youtube channel y very soon, I will be launching by lifestyle and fashion blog.