‘It’s how the world should be’
Inspired by a group post about a fabled Spanish pilgrimage, 55-year-old Alan Francis has left to walk half his 1000 miles in one go... “I thought that it would be a great thing to do, if only I could take the time off work. But a large and painful IT project I was working on was coming to an end and I began to think ‘Why wait?’. I’d had enough of work and needed a different direction in life, and thought I might find the answer while walking The Way. So I decided to retire at 54, handed my notice in and started planning my Camino de Santiago trek. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a quiet person, so I expected to be alone especially in the beginning. But on my first day I met Rodrigo from Brazil and Dennis from Germany. Three days in we’re still walking together, helping each other out and getting to know one another. Not at all what I expected. And everyone on the Camino is very friendly. It’s how the world should be.” You can read about Alan’s Camino trek at www. alanscamino.wordpress.com
Alan (right) with his new Camino compadres.