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.

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***My Sabbatical

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, September 08, 2007
My dear family and friends,

Thanks for supporting me in this sabbatical of 7 weeks, despite being worried about what might happen to me in this journey alone.

As my spiritual friends and fellow pilgrims will know, I won't be alone.

Here is my plan for the pilgrimage I am making:
  • 9 September: A Visit to L'Arche, a community for special people, in Lambeth, South London
  • 9 - 13 September: Stay at the Christian Meditation Retreat at Cockfosters in North London (a personal retreat)
  • 14-15 September: A weekend stay in Paris (to see the art in the city)
  • 16-18 September: A Visit to Lourdes (where Virgin Mary appeared)
  • 19-20 September: to start my 30-day 600km pilgrimage walk towards Santiago de Compostela (It is known to many as Camino de Santiago, The Way of St James)
  • 20 October: Hopefully to reach Santiago by then
  • 21 October: Santiago to Paris
  • 22 October: Fly from Paris to Singapore
  • 23 October: Home Sweet Home!

This is my grand plan, but I am open to anything that might happen to change this plan. As someone said to me, let the spirit guide.


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