Some two years ago “La Voz de Galicia”, Galicia largest newspaper published an article written by Esther Dix titled “ The Changing faces of the Camino”. Esther suggested in her article that over the last few years, it became quite apparent that there has been a surge in the number of English speaking peregrinos visiting the Camino. As suggested by Esther, this phenomena could partly be attributed to the popularity of the movie “The Way” produced by Emilio Estevez and starring his father Martin Sheen.
Other than the Movie, Esther also pointed out that a book titled “My Camino” by Canadian writer Sue Kenney also contributed immensely to the revival of interest in the Camino de Santiago. Over the years there were dozens of documentaries produced and guide books written about the Camino however both this Movie and Sue Kenney’s book are different in a sense that both presented a better understanding of the real meaning of what the journey is all about and that contrary to common belief, completing the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is not the end but rather a beginning to a new life.
John Lee, Creative Travel, We are Spain in Canada.
*** Permission received from Esther Dix, the writer of the article “The Changing Faces of the Camino” originally published in Spanish and translated to English by Creative Travel.
*** At the time of posting, Sue Kenney is on her way past Samos to Sarria with a group of peregrinas on a self discovery trek to Finisterre.
Sue Kenney is a good friend and a true peregrina. We wish her group a Buen Camino!