Walking to the End of the World

This is a dangerous book to read. It will make you want to walk the Via Podiensis from Le Puy, thereby adding an additional 500kms to the already 800kms of the Camino FranceĀ“s.

Walking to the End of the World is a lovely read. Beth Jusino, who works in publishing and her husband, who manages a gym, took three months leave of absence from their jobs in Oregon USA and set out to walk from Le Puy to Finisterre.

Both in their late thirties, they carried their own packs, stayed in hostels and walked all the way to Santiago in the Spring of 2015. They meet the usual roster of interesting characters, overcome obstacles and generally have an adventure they will never forget.

The book is very well written, travelling the course of 1000 miles without ever losing momentum. Even though both pilgrims are American, their sympathies are international. In fact at one point they and their Camino family shut out an “ugly american” by simply ignoring him and speaking in the French most have just picked up along the way.

If you have ever worried about the crowds from Sarria, you may have to think again as Beth mentions the rush of pilgrims when they reach St. Jean Pied de Port. This alone makes me want to start my next Camino in Le Puy.

I highly recommend this book!!

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