Have you ever had the feeling life is on the verge of transformation?

I’m in that fuzzy place between a comfortable existence and an unquenchable thirst to walk the 780 km pilgrimage from France to Spain: The Camino de Santiago Trail.

imagesI know what you’re thinking, “Shauna, you are not exactly the roughing it adventurous type, unless you consider a quiet afternoon at the beach….roughing it.” The Camino is 30-40 days of hiking, slugging a backpack by day and evenings spent in an Albergue. (a fancy spanish word for hostile).  albergue

Initially, I considered blaming this deranged idea on my youngest daughter. She lives in Spain and was the first to mention the trail 3 years ago.  The unfortunate flaw in trying to absolve myself of any and all accountability is that when she was young, I made the mistake of repeating, “We are all responsible for our own actions”.

be careful *Parents…be careful what you tell your kids, they remember and are waiting to use it against you when you’re older.

Lacking a scapegoat, I find myself in the annoying position of having to admit this idea is a product of my own design.

Camino de Santiago

In the coming weeks, I’ll report on my progress. I eagerly await your tips on footwear, rain-gear and all recommendations of psychologists specializing in mid-life lunacy.

What are your thoughts on Spain in spring?



About Italian Living

I'm an interior decorator from Canada. I own a design firm. I have three grown daughters who are confidant women living busy lives. I love my family my friends and my life, however, something is missing. December 3rd, my eyes open at 3:33 a.m. It's time to fulfill my lifelong dream of living in Italy..... I rent my house, pack my bags, say a final farewell to all the people I love most in this world and hop on a plane January 13th.... alone. This is my story...
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6 Responses to CHANGE IS IN THE AIR

  1. Agnes McLin says:


    Sean’s ex wife Karen walked the trail last June. I cannot recall how many days it took her. Sean is still in New Zealand on his film job and may be back in Spain late June- at his home outside Seville.
    All is well with us.
    My sister Marie is doing as well as can be expected trying to cope with her lung cancer.

    Auntie Agnes

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    • Hi Auntie Agnes, I’m sure it’ll be an interesting trip. There are several routes to take, I chose this one due to it’s historical significance.
      Best wishes to you and Uncle Jack… hugs Shauna


  2. Sounds like you are in for a fantastic experience and you’ll probably meet some amazing people on the way as well as seeing some great landscapes. (Have to admit I cheated on my first long distance walk and used baggage transfer and day trips…)

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