One Catholic Couple's Experience of Walking the Camino


IMG_2174My husband and I walked the Camino de Santiago during the first week in May. It had been a long dream, since I saw the movie The Way with Martin Sheen.

Last year things started happening that told me God wanted me to do this. We had an exchange person from Spain, and in 2014 we had a chance to go to their home. I was working on an exercise program and found this an inspiration and very motivating. I had heard that a group from San Diego was going after they attended the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

It was the time.

I knew it was 500 miles if we walked the route in Spain. I knew I wasn’t up for that so I started brainstorming how I could make this work for us. After reading a book from Sister Joyce Rupp, I knew the hostels were not for me. I talked it over with my husband and thought we could do about 10 miles a day, without backpacks. That is what we did, as so many others did, too.

We hired a company to take our luggage from hotel to hotel each day until we reached Santiago. Each morning we were served breakfast the Spanish way — ham, cheese, bread, juice, coffee. We tried to visit a church each day in one of the villages.

If you have any questions or concerns, I would love to share. One word of advice, make it your pilgrimage.

Kathy Cazin
St. Gregory the Great
San Diego, CA 92126


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  1. How great! I too watched The Way and have dreamed of walking El Camino ever since. It’s good to know there are other options for those who aren’t able to commit to the whole 500. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lynn Price on

    My son biked the El Camino with his grandfather – our gift for his 18th birthday and high school graduation. What a blessing that you set your mind to do it and accomplished that goal!

  3. Brenda Zabowsky on

    I didn’t realize you were doing that when you were in Spain. How wonderful. Would love to hear more details.

  4. Toni Colombo on

    When I am healed from Breast Cancer treatment, it is my dream to do the walk. Thank you for leading by example to follow the Spirit within.

  5. What an inspiration both you and your husband are to venture forward with an alternative way to accomplish the Pilgrimage of the Camino! Praying and thinking outside of the box can result in more of our Lord’s miracles as you both demonstrated! Thank you for sharing your story!

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