‘It’s how the world should be’

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - The View -

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.

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