The Many Ways and Stories of the Pilgrim

“It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey”

The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, is where the remains of Saint James the Great is housed, according to tradition. And so people from all over the globe, followers of Saint James or not, have embarked on the expedition to experience being in the same place as the saint. Some are there for religious reasons, others for personal causes. And in that alone, the stories already abound.

There are many ways (as in manner) and ways (as in routes) to get to the cathedral. Two are in fact listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO—the French Way (Camino Francés) and the Routes of Northern Spain.

If you have been one of the pilgrims, The End of the Earth: Stories of Caminos will take you back to your journey, reminisce about it, and maybe make new realizations that have not happened on your journey. If you’re considering taking on the adventure of the Caminos, this book is a good road map—a reconnaissance if you will. And if you’re fascinated by the Caminos but the pilgrimage is not within sight anytime soon, see it through the author’s eyes (and shoes).

Every step and misstep bring a learning or two, about the author’s life and spirituality, the world around her, and the forces that drive people to take on the sojourn.

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About the Author

Author Dr. Guylene Gigi Tree lives by the motto “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” A musician and musicologist by profession, she has been taking the roads less traveled, trading her scholarly pen for adventures and stories on the road. She lives in Northern California with her husband, who is also a musician. Together, they have played their French horns for audiences domestically and in Europe.

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