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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Arriving in Santiago

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, October 20, 2007
The last few kilometers were long but joyful. For the last two days, I had to bear stomach cramps, but decided not to take any painkillers. I am learning that pain is actually a good sign, because that is the way the body speaks to you. I took special care and walked really slowly....taking me a total of 12 hours to walk the last 26km on the last day.

I arrived on 19th October, and when I crossed the Santiago city line, it was 19.10hr. What a coincidence!

And then it took me another hour or so, with beer in between, to reach the Cathedral at 20.45hr. It was quite surreal reaching Santiago in the evening, as most pilgrims choose to arrive in the morning or in the day. The Cathedral lit up in the evening was a beautiful sight.

Later, I checked into a pension, had a great hot shower and treated myself to a huge Spanish feast. I fell asleep really quickly.....and it felt great.

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