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Camino de Santiago: Story and Photographs by John Solberg and Louise Paulsen

In the spring of 2013 my wife, Louise Paulsen, and I walked the Camino de Santiago. It is also known as the Way of St. James, and is one of the three major pilgrimage routes of the Middle Ages together with Rome and Jerusalem. Its history extends back to the 9th Century. According to tradition, the bones of the Apostle James are buried in Santiago de Compostela, the end point of the pilgrimage.

Our own personal journey was not motivated by religious beliefs or even a spiritual quest. We had seen and enjoyed the movie “The Way” and the idea of walking across Spain was the kind of adventure we got excited about. We both love hiking, and had both walked the Rochester Marathon, so we knew we had some serious training to do. We gathered the equipment and clothing we would need, minimizing weight the best we could.

Finally, four months after we started our preparations, we were off. We walked the “French Route” from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain, arriving at our destination 500 miles and 34 days later in the city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino was a walk through the present reality and a thousand years of history. The openness of the countryside filled us with wonder, and the narrow, winding streets of the old cities were filled with echoes of the past. There were days of sunshine, rain and snow; days of long and strenuous climbing and steep descents; and days on the plains.

It was a journey of the feet and a journey of the heart. It was also an experience shared with other perigrinos from all over the world; a deeply personal experience and at the same time, a collective one of community. Many of the towns and cities we walked through were first established to provide shelter and food for the many people who first made the pilgrimage to Santiago. The tradition of providing for those who travel the Camino continues in the form of special hostels, called albergues, and meals prepared especially for the “pilgrims.” We really had very few concerns about where we would stay — the tradition is that if there is “no room in the inn” that room will be made somewhere! On one such occasion, we joined another dozen pilgrims in a gymnasium equipped with mats, a gym floor, a shower and bathroom facilities. What more could you want?

Over the course of the days on the Camino, I took thousands of photographs, trying to capture some of the history and the beauty we experienced, and the ever-present Camino itself. Back in Rochester the long process of selecting and processing the photographs has resulted in two exhibitions — one at the William Gallery at First Unitarian Church and the other at Image City Photography Gallery. We’re pleased now to be able to share both our story and also a collection of photographs from the Camino.

Champion: Jan Abernathy

Election of 2015 Chapter Officers

Election of 2015 Chapter Officers

The following were elected at the December 2014 chapter meeting to serve as 2015 Officers for ADK-GVC.
  • Chair: Nancy Donny
  • Vice-Chair: Annie Fogarty
  • Secretary: Grace Fuller
  • Treasurer: Peter Collinge
  • Director: Shirley Thomas
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