600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

Denise Chng Lisan

Blisters and all

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Friday, September 28, 2007
Today´s walk was a hard one to complete. I saw a hugest blister coming out of my little toe. And the pain slowed me down a lot. I had to limp all the way for about 10km to the nearest town. When the town came into sight, I felt like a true pilgrim who found an oasis. Then it was a struggle limping into town looking for a bed to sleep on.

This morning, I saw this handicapped girl who is on a wheelchair and she is ´wheeling´herself all the way to Santiago. I also met a couple who are in their 70s in grand form trekking those mountains. When you are faced with such people of great strength, I had to grit my teeth and tell myself to go on.

2 Response to 'Blisters and all'

  1. Anonymous Said,'> 1 October 2007 at 03:08

    Blister in my heart
    Made me complain to Him

    I can't walk my life anymore
    It's so painful
    Don't You know that?
    Can I rest in You?

    I'm tired to continue my journey
    I really can't continue

    He just smiled
    Say nothing
    Only help me to stand up again
    Hold my hand gently
    Together we walk again the life



  2. Denise Said,'> 1 October 2007 at 04:15

    wow.....thanks Herman. =)


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