Camino de Santiago


In 2013 and 2015, my husband Hal and I walked the Camino, from St. Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees to Finisterre (2013) and Muxía (2015) by the sea.

I remember what it felt like pre-Camino. I had so many questions about what to pack, what to wear, what to expect. I see that anxiety in the search terms that lead people to this blog, where Camino how-to posts see the most consistent traffic. And in the comments, I hear the echoes of how it felt to come home and miss being there, the desire to relive it in a story or a few shared jokes. So I figured I’d gather all my Camino articles in one place, so fellow pilgrims swimming in questions or nostalgia can come by and visit anytime. —KDG

Puente La Reina

Advice of Variable Utility

Stuff to Pack

Camino Prep for BeginnersPractical first steps for folks dreaming of a very long walk

The Things We CarriedAn impudent packing list for the Camino de Santiago

3 Lifehacks for PeregrinosLessons in whittling down your pack list and staying dry(ish) on the Way

Stuff to Do and Not Do

9 Ways to Be a Kinder, Gentler PilgrimA few simple lessons in Camino etiquette

Hard-Won Lessons for our Second CaminoSix lessons we learned (the hard way) on our first pilgrimage made our second one all the better.

Treading Gently on the Camino – A few suggestions for keeping your cool along The Way — and for being a more thoughtful traveler anytime, anywhere

Stuff to Think About

duelling-backpacksGuilt Trip/Ego Trip: 4 Camino Life LessonsOn any difficult journey, there’s a sweet spot somewhere between guilt and pride, and it isn’t easy to find.

A Pilgrim’s ProgressA 5-foot-3 woman’s got to learn to be big sometimes, especially when her 6-foot-tall guy feels small (Nashville Scene)

Strength and Weakness on the Camino – A beautiful essay on grief, friendship, and very long walks, by a young Swiss pilgrim we met in 2015

The Camino Provides: A ReflectionA road can’t “provide.” But people can—and do.

Safety DanceIs the Camino “safe”? Is anything? An essay on wanderlust, women, victim-blaming and vulnerability (Nashville Scene)

Mild Amusements

You Might Be a Pilgrim If56 ways to identify an American post-Camino peregrino/a in withdrawal

Camino by the Numbers – A partly-comedic numerical wrap-up of our first Camino trip.

A Happening at the AlbergueHow a window war in the dormitory spawned a slightly crass joke that bound our accidental pilgrim tribe together for 800km and 6 weeks, and kept us laughing through the sloggiest of miles

Oh, the Places You’ll Pee!On toilet adventures along The Way and even further afield (Nashville Scene)

silly walks

Do a Silly Walk. This will help keep you sane as the kilometers stack up.

Food and Drink

bota lesson

How to drink from a bota

The Mariscada at the End of the WorldYes, it’s possible to eat and drink well on the Camino. Here’s how.

Post-Camino Cravings: Tortilla EspañolaBe it resolved: You need the tortilla de patatas in your life this year. Here’s how to fulfill that resolution.

How to Order Breakfast on the CaminoBasic menu Spanish to keep yourself fed 

Post-Camino Cravings: Tarta de SantiagoHow to make one. Lots of pretty pictures. (Style Blueprint)

Bota Wine-Drinking Lessons with a Spanish MuleskinnerHow to drink red wine in Ponferrada with a man and his mule (Roads & Kingdoms)

A Rough (Unfinished) Guide for Wary Pilgrims

Day 1: Ups and DownsSt. Jean Pied-de-Port—Roncesvalles – A leisurely stroll over the Pyrenees Mountains and into Spanish Basque Country

Day 2: “¿Cómo está Usted?” Do not ask: Roncesvalles—ZubiriAdorable villages, sheep, and the agony of the feet

Day 3: The Sun Also Rises: Zubiri—PamplonaThe four Fs: friendships, first aid, a fiesta of pintxos…and foreshadowing


THE END. (Muxía)