When I first started this blog, I had intended to find just the right Youtube documentary of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage to share. This week, after watching dozens and dozens of great videos, I found the perfect one to share. The Youtube user is Alaskan Pilgrim. The peregrina walks from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to the end of the Camino Frances pilgrimage route. Side-note: Did you know Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port translates to Saint John [at the] Foot of [the] Pass? St. Jean is at the foothills of the Pyrenees, where the Camino Frances begins.
I chose this particular series to share because it’s raw, honest, and filled with joy and love for the path. Just what I was looking for. As much as the Camino is VERY OFTEN a splendid trek through beautiful countryside that takes your breath away, it is also at times a very tiring and soul-testing journey. The Alaskan pilgrim in this series of short documentaries that follows her daily journey across the pilgrimage route in Spain tells the truth with an open heart. She details her suffering, which is an important thing to understand about the Camino…but she does it with a smile. It’s great to see her sense of wonder for–and love for–the Camino while she simultaneously tells us about her aches and pains. Not to mention her encounter with bedbugs. The love for the experience shines through even in her darkest days.
I knew this was the Youtube series I would share when the heart-rocks began to appear. I have a heart-rock of my own that I will be bringing to the cross at Cruz de Ferro. I always look for them, too. I found this one on Black Stone Beach in Aruba a couple of years back and have been saving it for my next Camino pilgrimage. It’s black and it’s in the shape of a heart. It also has a little red spot on it. I’ll be leaving it at the cross at Cruz de Ferro in memory of my mother, who coincidentally passed away 3 years ago today. When I saw the heart-rocks popping up in these videos, I knew right away these were the ones I would share here. Also, she’s just so lovely and honest and in touch with the joy the Camino brings its pilgrims.
If you turn on the AUTOPLAY feature on Youtube prior to watching the first episode, the rest of the episodes should play in the proper order. Otherwise, just remember the username ALASKAN PILGRIM to search for new episodes. Enjoy these wonderful videos and, should you ever take up the call of the Camino de Santiago…Buen Camino, peregrino!