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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Listening to our body

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, October 06, 2007
After Sahagun, I walked to a little town called El Burgo Ranero. There is only one albergue, and one bar in that town. Really nothing else to do, except sitting in the sun and cooking dinner with other pilgrims. It´s a nice relaxing Spanish experience. I´m actually learning to cook italian pasta and spanish tortillas.

Over here, I met this swedish lady who didn´t move out of her bed. After a while, I realized that her knee had exploded as she had walked too fast. She now has to rest more than a few days to recover. She shared something really important with me.

She said, ¨my knee is teaching me something. It is telling me not to walk too fast, but to slow down and look around me. It is not a bad thing this happened to me. I have met so many people here who have been so kind to me. There is a lesson here for me. This camino is really special."

Just as she said that, one after another fellow pilgrims brought for her dinner they cooked. I too have been so caught up wth walking, that hearing her story brought so much more meaning to this journey.

She said that she had a friend who came to the camino with her, but found that it wasn´t for her after a few days. This friend left and flew back to Sweden. After few days, she decided to come back to the camino. The camino is not for everyone. But when one´s ready, when the camino calls, it is hard to ignore it.

"I am not a human being on a spiritual journey.
I am a spiritual being on a human journey." - Spiritual Maxim

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