Photo of the Week: El Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago, or St. James’ Way, is a pilgrimage route traversing northern Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Legend has it that after the death of St. James, the apostle, angels transported his body back to Santiago, where he had preached before his death. Since then, devout Christians have been walking to [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Las Lajas Sanctuary

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Churches and shrines have been built in beautiful settings, but none comes close to the stunning yet precarious location of the Las Lajas Santuary. Located in the state of Nariño in southern Colombia, the building sits perilously on a 130 feet tall bridge built over the Guaitara river, at less than seven miles from the [...] Read more »

Headed West: Rural Travel in Japan’s Noto Peninsula


  Headed West: Rural Travel in Japan’s Noto Peninsula   It’s easy to get caught up in the industrial/entertainment juggernaut that is the East Coast of Japan. The mind-bending neon and manga inspired mayhem are all consuming and distract from the fact that Japan has a West Coast, too. So it comes as a surprise [...] Read more »

Ask GoMad Nomad: Is it Safe to walk the Camino de Santiago as a Solo Woman?

is it safe to walk the camino de santiago alone

Ask GoMad Nomad: Is it Safe to walk the Camino de Santiago alone as a Woman?   I am going to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain around late June / early July and I know you’ve done it. The only thing is, I’m going at it alone, and I am little nervous as [...] Read more »

On the Road to Damascus

Like Saul, I greatly anticipated my arrival to Damascus, an ancient city even in his day. I, however, was not coming to persecute Christians, but to retrace his important life-changing events that would prove to be the most important in Christianity after the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Read more »

Along the Camino de Santiago

Usually the camino follows dirt roads, but at times I suffer the unforgiving impact of the pavement. Occasionally my way narrows into single-track, and I savor those moments. Wildflowers saturate the Andalucían spring. The waves of orange, yellow, and red make me smile when the pain in my feet demands otherwise. Read more »