Author: Kendra

Landscape of the Camino Frances

When preparing for a five-week walk, one hopes that there will be a variety of landscape and trails to mix things up. Within limit, the Camino provides. Overall, you must somewhat like humanity and the European countryside. Unfortunately, humans are rather like a fungus and we’ve spread, delightfully leaving spoor trails wherever we pass – there is no time where you don’t see SOME form of human impact, be it a dwelling or a windmill. This is a list of 10+1 general landscape details along the Camino Frances. Spanish Flat When someone tells you that on Day X the...

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Standout Camino Frances Moments

When I did research on the Camino Frances, the one thing that stood out to me was the amusing use of joyous superlatives to describe the journey. Sure, the Camino Frances is quite the experience and I have seen changes in myself since I’ve returned home. But to imply that the whole journey is a glorious mind-blowingly miraculous astonishment that will change your whole life 4-ever and 4-EVAH! … No. Just…no. At the same time, though, there are moments that are fantastic and I now have the bad habit of remembering them during work meetings. Here are five such...

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Day One vs Final Day on the Camino Frances

This is a list of seven things (one for each day of the week, maybe? Yeah, I’m poetic like that) highlighting the differences between my first day on the Camino and the last day on the Camino. Emotions Day One: Apprehension (Crap. What am I doing??), nerves (What if I never find an arrow? Will I fall off a cliff and be eaten by vultures?), and worry (why the HELL is my bag so heavy? Did I forget anything??)  Final Day: Reaching the Cathedral in Santiago was very anticlimactic for me. My first thought was, “This is it? This...

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Change is Gonna Come (Camino Frances)

Before walking the Camino Frances, I read many accounts of trips and voyages from people all over the world. One thing they all had in common was that each person noticed upon their return that something changed within themselves. I did what any other reasonably open-minded cynic would do – I scoffed.  Now that I’m back home, I’ve realized something is actually different…no, I’m still a cynic. But I did realize that doing something intense for five weeks, there is no way it doesn’t leave its mark on you. So without me even attempting any sort of self-reflection or...

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Training for the Camino de Santiago

I’m often asked if training for the Camino is really that important – it’s just walking, right? Right?! Well, sure, it is just walking – but it is essentially walking (on average) a half marathon for 30+ days straight! Their next question is invariably, “So, Kendra – have you started to train?” Um…well… Okay, I admit it – I’m bad at training. I’ve always have been. If I was the exact opposite, I could have played soccer for my university and I could have had a track career. I’d have also done much better at the Spartan Race last...

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Who Am I?

My name is Kendra and I am a cubicle escape artist: I try to find ways to keep my job which is in a cubicle while also trying to escape it as often as possible.

When I travel, I’m generally that solo female you see wandering with a camera firmly clutched to her face as she traipses around while narrowly avoiding being hit by some form of local transportation.

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