The Camino de Santiago was one of the best experiences of my life and I am so glad I had the opportunity to go. The Camino was a 10 day trip of bike riding and backpacking through the mountains and along the coast of Northwestern Spain. It included breathtaking views of the ocean, crossing through beautiful hidden towns, riding up and down adventurous trails, intense exercise, and making new best friends for life. The satisfaction of finally reaching our destination at the holy city of Santiago de Compostela is one that cannot be expressed in words, only feelings. I plan to return one day to complete the entire Camino again, but next time beginning in France.
The Camino de Santiago was like an extended field-trip that involved extreme physical exercise, a demand for Spanish outside of the classroom, and an understanding of the historical and literary importance of the journey. But it also included experiences of making absolutely incredible friends, seeing beautiful parts of Spain that i otherwise wouldn’t have seen, and an even greater appreciation of the language/food/culture. I would ecstatically reccommend the Camino to anybody–i’m even thinking of doing the extended camino again with my family!!