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Slow Walk Across Spain

Author : Karen Manwaring
ISBN : 0646946439
Genre : Camino de Santiago (Spain)
File Size : 85.80 MB
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The author has twice walked the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain. This is the book she and her partner wish they'd had when they were planning their first walk; Includes maps, kit lists, diary excerpts, local recipes and beautiful images. The book is divided into 3 parts : Camino Calling; Walking the Camino; History of the Camino.
Category: Camino de Santiago (Spain)

Walking Across Spain The Pyrenees From The Atlantic To The Mediterranean

Author : Mr Alan House
ISBN : 9781471002830
Genre : Travel
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This is an account of trekking the length of the Spanish Pyrenees from coast to coast between 2004 and 2011. The majority of the walk was on the GR11,a long-distance footpath in Spain, and also parts of the high French Pyrenees around Gavarnie and Cauterets. The description of the walk gives details of the landscape, villages and local history of the area, including the route through the Basque Country, Navarra, Aragon, Andorra and Catalonia. It also gives the authors account of the day to day experiences of walking through a varied terrain of delightful hanging valleys, high passes reaching nearly 3000 m altitude and alpine meadows. Nights were spent camping in the mountains, hostels and mountain refuges. Although this is not a travel guide to a particular route, it supplements them by relating what is in the area and what other travellers have found in the past. There are 40 colour photographs and some details of GPS usage on the GR11.
Category: Travel

Sinning Across Spain

Author : Ailsa Piper
ISBN : 9780522861396
Genre : Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
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With those words Ailsa Piper sought sponsors for a 1300km solo walk across Spain. She worried people would think she'd joined a cult. She worried her knees would give outandmdash;and not from praying! She worried that 30kms a day for six weeks, with a swag of sins for company, would send her mad. But she went. She began at Easter, a time of sin and reflectionandmdash;but not hot cross buns, as she discovered. She hiked olive groves, searched for lodgings in refuges and sports centres, and did the cryingo for those who'd sponsored her. As a child, Ailsa's plea was andlsquo;Don't cry. Don't cry. Let me do the crying!andrsquo; Her walk took that to new extremes. Like medieval believers who paid others to carry their sins to holy places, and so buy forgiveness, Ailsa's donors confessed to anger and envy, pride and lust, sloth and selfishness, among others. Along the way, their sins became hers. She was tempted and she battled. On one occasion, she was saved by a fellow pilgrim's snoring, proving sharing a room with forty belching, grunting blokes can be a blessing! Miracles also found her. Matrons stuffed homemade sausages into her pack. Angels in name and nature eased her path. And she fell in love: with kindness, strangers, and Spain. She came home changedandmdash;as were many of her sinners. Their stories made her believe in the power of confessionandmdash;acknowledging we're all sinners. All saints. Sinning Across Spain celebrates the blessing of bathtubs, the benediction of bunions, and the simple act of setting down one foot after the other.
Category: Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages

A Sense Of Direction

Author : Gideon Lewis-Kraus
ISBN : 9781101585665
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In medieval times, a pilgrimage gave the average Joe his only break from the daily grind. For Gideon Lewis-Kraus, it promises a different kind of escape. Determined to avoid the kind of constraint that kept his father, a gay rabbi, closeted until midlife, he has moved to anything-goes Berlin. But the surfeit of freedom there has begun to paralyze him, and when a friend extends a drunken invitation to join him on an ancient pilgrimage route across Spain, he grabs his sneakers, glad of the chance to be committed to something and someone. Irreverent, moving, hilarious, and thought-provoking, A Sense of Direction is Lewis-Kraus's dazzling riff on the perpetual war between discipline and desire, and its attendant casualties. Across three pilgrimages and many hundreds of miles - the thousand-year-old Camino de Santiago, a solo circuit of eighty-eight Buddhist temples on the Japanese island of Shikoku, and, together with his father and brother, an annual mass migration to the tomb of a famous Hasidic mystic in the Ukraine - he completes an idiosyncratic odyssey to the heart of a family mystery and a human dilemma: How do we come to terms with what has been and what is - and find a way forward, with purpose?
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Empire Of Things

Author : Frank Trentmann
ISBN : 9780241198407
Genre : History
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The epic history of consumption, and the goods that have transformed our lives over the past 600 years What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British Empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.
Category: History

Unholy Pilgrims

Author : Tom Trumble
ISBN : 1459676653
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Sometimes the slow road can be the fastest way to sort things out. Relationship - challenged, with the résumé of a vagrant, Tom Trumble is at one of life's crossroads. So he takes up an offer to go on a seriously long walk - the ancient Christian pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the domain of the devout. Despite his good intentions, Tom's route takes him into every bar along the way while crossing paths with the loopy and the wise, the pious and the distinctly ungodly. He finds himself contending with song - happy evangelists, unlikely scholars and enlightened globetrotters, and randy backpackers out to bed every pilgrim they meet. Not to mention his own very restless demons, some of which lead him to confront troubles he thought he'd left at home. Unholy Pilgrims is an irreverent and engaging take on figuring out what the hell to do with your life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Walk Across Holy Ground

Author : Karen Whitehill
ISBN : 0842379142
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Following The Milky Way

Author : Ellen Okner Feinberg
ISBN : UVA:X001609449
Genre : Travel
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Category: Travel

Writing The Dark Side Of Travel

Author : Jonathan Skinner
ISBN : 9780857458766
Genre : Travel
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The travel experience filled with personal trauma; the pilgrimage through a war-torn place; the journey with those suffering: these represent the darker sides of travel. What is their allure and how are they represented? This volume takes an ethnographic and interdisciplinary approach to explore the writings and texts of dark journeys and travels. In traveling over the dead, amongst the dying, and alongside the suffering, the authors give us a tour of humanity's violence and misery. And yet, from this dark side, there comes great beauty and poignancy in the characterization of plight; creativity in the comic, graphic, and graffiti sketches and comments on life; and the sense of profound and spiritual journeys being undertaken, recorded, and memorialized.
Category: Travel