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

It ain´t pretty, it´s my butt

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Tuesday, October 02, 2007

To share some sob stories, apart from taking care of my blisters, a few days ago I developed hemarroids. Urgh! i.e. It´s pain in the butt, really.

I don´t know how or why.....but I blame it on the following:

1) tasty cheap Spanish wine which I´ve been drinking much of until now.

2) I also got sore throat and was feeling warm. In Chinese terms, I have excess of Yang heat. It probably came from my fellow bunk mates who coughed virus into the same air I was breathing.

3) The unpredictable hot and cold weather doesn´t help as well. As LeeRoy from Detroit said, ¨Let me tell you how I stop the rain. When I put on my poncho, the rain will stop."

4) Lack of enough sleep caused by night orchestras of bunkmates snoring (Earplugs is a necessity here....)

Enough of the blaming.....I have to take care of myself. Walking with a pain in the butt is something else. =)

I´ve been drinking vitamin C, lots of water, eating fruits, sleeping well (I try!). I´m feeling much better now, and ready to take on the world. I had shorter walking days so I can rest more. After all the minor hiccups, I can now fly (i hope).

I have another 400km and 20 days to go! Yippee! Today I´m going to Sahagun!

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