Follow our rector-elect Marek Zabriskie as he travels around Spain on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage this month.


 

A rooftop view of Madrid after eating lunch

How do you spell relief?

I spell relief S-P-A-I-N. Everyone needs a get away place. I need a getaway country. It’s the Iberian Pennisula. I have yet to find a place here...
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Letters from Spain – Day 2

This pilgrimage promises to be culturally rich in a wide variety of ways. We began our day with a private tour of the Prado — Spain’s most famous...
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Letters from Spain – Day 3

Today we departed modern Madrid and entered medieval Spain.  Avila is located about 90 minutes from Madrid and is one of Spain’s two completely...
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Letters from Spain – Day 4

Salamanca is enchanting.  It’s one of the world’s oldest university towns with narrow streets lined with gothic and Romanesque buildings. ...
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Letters from Spain – Day 5

Today we made lots of progress on the Camino.  The pilgrims in our group vary in age from the mid-50s to age 75.  Each person walks at his or her...
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Letters from Spain – Day 6

We spent the night in a vineyard in Canedo, where they produce wine and sell wonderful produce.  In the crisp morning light, Katherine Penn, a...
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Letters from Spain – Day 7

I tend to keep a lot of thoughts to myself.  Most of us do.  There are things that we do not share even with our family or our closest friends. ...
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Letters from Spain – Day 8

We had a wonderful final day with our group of pilgrims in Santiago.  It is a spectacular city in which to wake up, and the Parador being the...
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Letters from Spain – Day 9

There are things on my to do or to see list in every city I have visited in Spain.  In Madrid, one of these places is the Museo Archeologico,...
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Letters from Spain – Day 10

Burgos is one of my favorite cities in Spain.  It’s cathedral is one of my favorites.  It’s surrounded by a plaza, where you can enjoy a café con...
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Letters from Spain – Day 11

I visited my first monastery when I was a senior in college.  I had recently read Thomas Merton’s proclaimed autobiography “The Seven Story...
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Letters from Spain – Day 12

How do we attract young people to church?  This is a vital question for churches everywhere today, where church is increasingly optional and the...
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Letters from Spain – Day 13

I traveled by train to Segovia, which is now my favorite city in Spain, and I’ve seen more of Spain than most Spaniards.  The population of...
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Letters from Spain – Day 14

Spain has been struggling for years with something that the United States is now addressing, namely what do you do with monuments of leaders...
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