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 Gypsy Caravan

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, September 27, 2008
There’s something about being on the Road that attracts me tremendously. Going somewhere, being nowhere. It is a state where I feel most alive. It is as if I could get to the core of life, and understand its complexities in the most simple way. it is as if I travel for something bigger than me, that is already within me.

I call my August trip around the coast of Gaspesie in Northern Quebec 'Gypsy Caravan', because it reminds me of how the nomadic herds venture freely in nature, making every place home. It promises the freedom of going where the heart desires. The freedom of independence. The freedom to just be.

I'd like to bring you back to the day I started...and the days that followed - which revealed a new discovery for me everyday. And what I learnt about freedom, and its true meaning.

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