"It is difficult to walk on the broken shells lined Way with light heart, like as it is hard to regret a broken soul. It’s a wonder how the duality of the path winds between God and the World, the Arrival and Departure remains of the rapture and struggle between life and death.

Hundreds of Streams accompanying the Way, giving refreshment for pilgrims century ago, and every person in itself a source who is worthy fraternal greets the traveler.

Do not question who I am and where I came from, I know where I’m going and for me this is familiar as well.
Dust, smoke, rain or Sun, stateless skeptic, omniscient wind, force, clash between will and pain.

Excruciating songs vortex under the Milky Way: the Way which brings one day to Santiago, and shows the beautiful and the relentless part of the World. Search and research! Being strong! Arrive and leave the most sacred places.

This means to be a pilgrim.
Who may have this?
The best and the most stronger ....everyone".

El Camino in northern Spain is an old pilgrim’s road from the French border in the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. Millions of people have traveled it's 800 kilometers over the last 1,000 years to the grave of Saint James—Santiago in Spanish.

Who Was Santiago?

St. James (or Santiago in Spanish) was one of the original 12 apostles, a fisherman who left his nets by the Sea of Galilee to follow Jesus and help establish the Christian faith. By tradition we are told that after Jesus's death and resurrection, James traveled across the Mediterranean to Spain to preach. He returned to Jerusalem around 44 A.D. and was beheaded by Herod Agrippa. James was the first of the apostles to be martyred. After James' death his body was mysteriously transported by a ship with no crew back to the Iberian Peninsula to be buried in what is now Santiago.

There it lay undisturbed for nearly 800 years until 813 A.D. Within 100 years, people from all over the European continent were making the harrowing, frequently life-threatening, journey to pray at the gravesite. A church was soon built over the bones of this patron saint of Spain, and around it arose the town of Santiago de Compostela. By 1000 A.D. it was the most popular of all Christian pilgrimages.

The Santiago Camino has been traversed for thousands of years by saints, sinners, generals, misfits, kings and queens.

People from Saint Francis of Assisi and Charlemagne to Ferdinand and Isabella to Dante and Chaucer have taken the journey, which comprises a nearly 830km trek across highways, mountains, cities and fields.

Today tens of thousands of Pilgrims and many other travellers set out each year from their front doorstep, or popular starting points across Europe, to make their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel as some of on horseback. In addition to people undertaking a religious pilgrimage, the majority are travelers and hikers who walk the route for non-religious reasons: travel, sport, or simply the challenge of weeks of walking in a foreign land. Also, many consider the experience a spiritual adventure to remove themselves from the bustle of modern life. It acts as a retreat for many modern "pilgrims".

You can also say that the pilgrimage is a symbol of your life journey. You walk from the beginning "the birth" and end up at the "grave" of St. James,(Santiago de Compostela), and at The End of the World (Finisterra) you will get a "new born" Life.

The interesting thing is the Camino is never ending! Once you have been there you have it for the rest of your life! It continues in you!

Originally, pilgrimage was a spiritual journey to a sacred place. In my opinion modern pilgrimage is still a spiritual journey to a sacred place, but I think you can be a pilgrim everywhere, even in your daily life. Now, it seems to me, that pilgrimage is an inner journey and that you are free to believe in what you believe, you can be a Catholic or Protestant or Buddhist or just a free spirit.

If you are prepared or even if you are not, pilgrimage has for most people an element of "it has changed my life" It is of course the inner journey I am talking about.

When you walk to a sacred place or on a road where pilgrims have traveled for many centuries, you are in touch with a special energy.

It is also about your inner condition and ability to be in touch with life on a very basic level. You walk every day, carry as little as possible (12-15kgs:), you are kind of homeless, feeling “rich” because you have nothing.

Simple living, moving slowly, often in silence, feeling free from daily life and schedules, it opens your mind, because you have plenty of time.

When you get into that rhythm of walk, eat, wash, sleep, which is all you have to do, you feel the power of NOW, you feel strong, you are in touch with your heart, you feel in touch with your inner sources. And you feel in touch with or even connected to the wholeness in life, to all living beings. It is an invitation to go deeper.

It was a Jacobean Holy Year at July 2004, when Saint James feast day, July 25th falls on Sunday. I took an airplane from Budapest to Paris from where I took a way by Train to Bayonne.

I spent a night in Bayone and next day I took a train to Saint Jean-Pied-du-Port. I began my journey from the French border village of St. Jean Pied de Port, which marks the entry to the Spanish side of the “French Pilgrims Road”, across the Pyrenees from Roncevalles.

I received my “carnet” or pilgrim’s passport, identifying me as an “authentic” pilgrim, eligible for entry to any pilgrim refuge overnight along the Camino for a minimum fee.

It was an amazing and wonderful Journey, filled with mystery, challenging experiences, new inspiration and hope to bring my dreams into reality. Upsets and joy mixed together, lessons learned about faith, commitment and responsibility. Stepping out my comfort zone, even with a pain in my body and soul, mentally I had to be strong to carry on, knowing I am enough for this mental and spiritual growth.