You know you’ve been to the Mad Cool Festival when you wake up in your Madrid hotel room at 2:00 in the afternoon with your pillow covered in glitter and sparkles. In fairness, this particular festival in Madrid doesn’t even start until 6:00 in the evening at the earliest, and it doesn’t wrap up until …

This tour of Ernesto Hemingway’s Madrid is a bit of a pub crawl but, hey, if you’re going to follow in the footsteps of Papa, you’re gonna get drunk. I am a huge fan of getting to know a city by way of wandering and an even bigger fan of Ernest Hemingway (or Don Ernesto …

This Camino de Santiago packing list may just be the best one around. Bold statement, I know. But when you get really familiar with what you should not pack on a 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain, you can speak with confidence about what you should pack. And let me tell you, I made some serious mistakes …

Here it is, your Camino de Santiago cost calculator: Of course, your costs are going to vary depending on how you plan to walk the Camino and where you plan to walk the Camino. Let’s dive in! First step: calculate how many days you have to walk the Camino The best possible scenario is that …

The day we completed our pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago was surreal. We couldn’t believe we were heading out on the last day, the 35th day of our pilgrimage, and that that we would arrive in Santiago de Compostela that very afternoon. We woke up in Pedrouzo giddy with excitement and literally skipping toward …

This is my story of walking across Spain. This post was first published in The Columbian, my hometown newspaper. My fiancé was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day of 2018. I still think of the day as “Diagnosis Day.” A day when everything about our lives changed. A day that foreshadowed the darkest day that …