Walking the Way of St. James with Greg Alexander
RL121 - Walking the Way of St. James with Greg Alexander
Today on the Retirement Lifestyle Show, Roshan Loungani, Erik Olson, and Adrian Nicholson welcome Greg Alexander, a retired chemical engineer who recently tackled the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. They discuss the benefits of going on the pilgrimage, how to prepare for it, and the best times to tackle the voyage when there’s less traffic.
[10:41] Getting to Know Greg Alexander
[03:30] Why Greg Wanted to Go on the Camino de Santiago
[10:45] Trekking 260Km Through the Portuguese Route
[11:30] Planning for The Pilgrimage
[14:58] Greg’s Most Memorable Moments on the Voyage
[19:29] How to Get Certified After Tackling the El Camino
[23:55] Seasonality of the Trekk and the Number of People That Take on the Voyage
[28:20] What To Do A Couple of Weeks Before Leaving for the Journey
[32:20] How to Physically Prepare For the Journey
[37:05] Emotionally Prepare for the Tough Journey
[43:03] What to Do When You Feel Like Quitting Midway
[48:13] Key Takeaways From Greg’s Journey
[52:10] Parting Thoughts
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Walking the Camino De Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is one of the most highly sought-after pilgrimages in the world. The pilgrimage is about 780 kilometers (485 miles) across northern Spain and takes people through an incredible adventure over daunting mountains, beautiful coastlines, lush river valleys, sweeping plains, and small village towns. The over 1,200 years old tradition is rich in history and peace. This is why nearly 350,000 people from all over the world continue to complete the journey each year. The journey concludes at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, which houses the tomb of Saint James, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.
If you’ve ever felt like you needed an adventure that will help you unwind while pushing you to your extremes, the El Camino would be perfect. You’ll get to meet fellow voyagers and pilgrims and maybe even make lifelong friends. You will go back home with a few blisters, but feel refreshed and renewed from tackling the trail that is so famous for replenishing the soul.
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