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A stone carving of Saint James just outside the Spanish town of Tui

Walking?

Hell yes. Nadia Krige discovers, after lacing up a pair of ugly old hiking boots, that the 240km journey along the Camino de Santiago in Portugal is as healing as ancient pilgrims claim.

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There are some things that nothing but a very long walk can soothe. I had some shaking off to do, some letting go and some realigning. Following the Camino de Santiago had been my mom’s dream for the longest time, igniting within me a twin flame. So, we found ourselves a tiny Airbnb apartment in the old city of Porto where we planned routes and began making last-minute lists and repacking our bulky bags in preparation.

 

Walking through a seaside village on the Camino Portugues Coastal Route

 

About to cross over from Portugal to Spain on a bridge over the Minho River

 

The famous yellow arrow and scallop shell waymarking of all the Caminos

 

A friendly Portuguese farmer offered us some of his freshly-harvested grapes

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