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Weariness of the Solo Walker By that time in my Camino, I didn’t think about the difference in the distances I covered on the pilgrimage from the distances when I trained during the summer. To do so, probably would have made it difficult to continue. …Read More
Somewhere Beyond the Sea I seem to have this recurring neurotic drama when I’m closing a door behind me and there’s no going back. Every morning during my Camino I would go through the same doubts in my mind: Do I have everything? Did I …Read More
First Tastes of Spain …Once more, I started checking out the restaurants in the harbor area. I stopped at Cervejeria Celtic where about 10 people sat at various tables under an unassuming enclosed canopy. Cervejaria Celtic doesn’t sound very Spanish, but centuries ago the Celts …Read More
Ramblin’ Fever In May 2017, I was staying in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, recovering from a hip replacement. The physical therapist told me I was making great progress. I could now take myself for unassisted walks using crutches. As I maneuvered the crutches down …Read More
Discovering the Camino This book is about my Camino de Santiago pilgrimage at the ripe young age of seventy-one. The Camino is a pilgrimage that traditionally Catholics from all over the world undertake to the purported burial site of St. James at the cathedral in …Read More
John Comando is retired and living in Mexico. He loves to travel. In autumn, 2018, he walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Walk by My Side, a travel memoir, is about that journey and is his first book. He has studied in Spain, adopted …Read More
When I decided to walk the Camino de Santiago alone at age 71, it was on a whim. A year and a half earlier, I had had a hip replacement, but felt that I had become complacent in a comfortable retirement, and needed to shake up my life. And that’s what I did.
I knew walking a Camino wouldn’t be easy or pain-free. Then, On my third day of walking, an injury on the trail threatened my ability to finish my adventure. It would be more difficult and demanding than I ever imagined, forcing me to reach beyond physical pain and endurance, battle self-doubts, and draw from a spirit within me to finish the walk all the way to Santiago de Compostela. Along the way, I discover unexpected feelings and surprising emotions.
When I was in an early stage of writing, a friend commented “I felt like I was walking with you, walking by your side.” That comment inspired the book’s title and a promise to the reader to maintain that feeling throughout the journey.
Read this travel memoir and you’ll be there with me…walking by my side.Read More