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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Chicos Phenomenal!

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Thursday, November 01, 2007
Let me introduce Chicos dear Spanish friends who collected me along the way, lifting up my journey with such joy.

In the grid, going left to right from each row, we have Jose (JOSEPH!), Jesus (JESUS!), Javie, Antonio, Maria (MARIA!) and Gabi. The five boys were on a 'boys-night-out' trip, leaving their wives and children at home. They all have at least two kids, some three. They come from south of Spain, Malaga, where there is sunshine and sea all year round. They collected Maria along the way, saving her from camino cyclists, because she was walking self-absorbed ears plugged in her ipod. Maria lives in Madrid and is a talented translator, soon to-be-interpreter and a writer at-heart. =)

We met as strangers on the same day, crossing paths several times, and eventually ended up at the same hostal that evening. We have so much fun and laughter together, like children back in school. Very often, I don't understand what they say. But I realize that when our heart is open, language is not necessary.

For the five days we were together, we became inseparable, planning our routes so that we could stay another day together at the same hostal. These are pictures and videos taken during this time together. It's not hard to see why they are so adorable and why I miss them much! With Joseph, Maria and Jesus with us, it's a blessed journey! haha....





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Flamenco Dance by the Chicos

Jose Phenomenal!

1 Response to 'Chicos Phenomenal!'

  1. Anonymous Said,'> 1 November 2007 at 13:05

    Wow, c'est super ce montage.c'est une belle petite famille.
    Tu fais du beau travail.


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