Accidental Pilgrim

Posted by Laura Paulisich on

During the fall of 2014, I was searching online for volunteer opportunities. The Internet continually directed me to the website I became intrigued and perused through all the interesting groups and categories. I discovered a group called Camino. I read the description (a pilgrimage across Spain) and immediately joined the group even though I had no money for travel. I intended to participate as observer by walking, listening and experiencing the Camino through others (if they let me!). On January 1st 2015, I attended my first Camino Meetup. We went for a hike and "talked and walked Camino.” I quickly learned that these people were some of the most genuine, generous, enthusiastic adventurers I had ever met! Everyone approached me encouraging me to not let a lack of money deter me from walking the Camino. I was buoyed and uplifted (and shocked!) by their encouragement and support. I instantly left a voice message for my mom with all of the exhilarating details of my encounter. A week later, she reported to me that my story inspired her to tell a friend and the two of them had decided to pay for me to walk the Camino. I was going to Spain! MIRACLE!

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