Camino de Santiago 2016 —
The famous Camino Frances is a 600 miles long pilgrimage from the South border of France to the West coast of Spain. With the goal being reaching Santiago de Compostela and/or Finesterre (meaning 'the end of the Earth') people walk the pilgrimage for various reasons. I got the advice from a sick women, who would walk the camino in between her relapses. I booked my ticket two weeks after returning from Semester at Sea with no return ticket, simply wanting to take things sow and reflect upon my experience with travelling.
I found inner piece and experienced many inexplainable things, which depending on who you ask, are caused by supernatural powers of some sort. The pilgrimage supposedly dates back to pagan times, where people travelled to see 'the end of the world' Finesterre, which was formerly believed to be the westernmost point of the world, when it was thought to be flat. Today, the common goal is Santiago de Compostela, where Saint James is buried under the cathedral. Despite my own expectations and near giving up, I managed to walk all 600 miles, exceeding everything I imagined. I am truly amazed with the ability of the body and how well it recovers, despite what you put it through. The camino is probably the hardest thing I have ever done, mentally and physically, and I am immensely proud of my experience.
I learned how little we actually need to survive and how materialism is not always a good thing. When limiting your carrying to maximum 8kg, you have to be mindful of everything you bring, its function and weight. This inspires my designs, as I hope to incorporate this in my designs.