Saturday, December 29, 2012

trust the way

route marker
One of the first times I  saw Galicia was in the movie "The Way," starring everyone's favorite president, Martin Sheen. He hikes the Camino de Santiago in memory of his son, encountering a rag-tag cast of misfits, tobacco addicts, and aspiring James Joyces. To my great disappointment, Lugo did not make an appearance in Mr. President's route--he took the most popular route, the Camino Francés, or French Way. In 2011, an impressive 132,652 pilgrims walked it, as opposed to 22,062 for the second-most popular route, the Portuguese Way.

Lugo likes to fly a lil' more under the radar. It's located on the Camino Primitivo, or Primitive Way. A mere 5,544 pilgrims, accounting for 3.02% of the the total, took it to Santiago in 2011. (If you'd like to check out more stats, look here. Pretty cool stuff.)

A few weeks ago, I noticed one of the shells that mark the Camino in the park.

crossing the river
We haven't gone all that far down it, but the section of the Camino that goes from the park into the city has become one of our favorite walks. This time of year, there aren't any pilgrims, but it's still pretty cool to walk the same path as thousands of others have done.

pilgrims' first view of Lugo

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