Last night was a rare occurrence in our house…we actually had a little movie night. I love movies and I’ve watched a ton over the last couple months, all snug as a bug on the couch with my iPad. C, eh, notsomuch his thing. But this was an exception.
The movie “The Way” came out sometime last year in the US, and I’m not even sure it ever made its “way” over to Spain. I don’t think it stuck around very long, but the people I know who saw it all loved it. It is the story of a father (Martin Sheen) who hikes the Camino de Santiago after having lost his son in a weather related accident, just after beginning the Camino himself.
What is the Camino de Santiago? In English it translates to the Way of St. James, and it is a pilgrimage route that has been in existence for more than 1000 years to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, where it’s said lay the remains of the apostle St. James. There are several different routes, but the most common one starts across the border in France, crosses over the Pyrenees and follows an 800km route through Northern Spain. Traditionally, pilgrims (obviously) walked this route, nowadays, people bike it as well – C and some friends did about half of it on bike last year, starting in Burgos.
Naturally, there is a slew of information about it online, as it is filled with history and symbolism and religious meaning. I’ll spare you all the details, but you can check out this or this or this for more info, or Google it because there are pages and pages of stuff.
ANYhoo, it’s a great movie, filmed totally on location – beautiful scenery and a lovely story. C and I are talking about doing the Camino in May on bike (much more to come on that topic), so obviously I don’t have pictures yet, but here’s one from a visit to Burgos, one of the towns you pass through on The Way.