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Day 217: Life after My Camino de Santiago

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February 21, 2019

My Camino Shadow Box

I just received this shadow box that I paid to be created to tell part of my Camino de Santiago story. It measures 18.5" x 31". It contains the following items:

  1. One shoe lace from my Camino shoes tied in a bundle. You may recall that I left my shoes in Spain since they died with nine days remaining on my walk.

  2. One shoe lace from my Camino shoes that spells "Camino."

  3. A scallop shell with the Santiago cross painted on it. The scallop shell is the symbol of the Camino and every pilgrim will have a scallop shell tied to their backpack.

  4. My pilgrim passport with the stamps from various cafes, hotels, or albergues. One can flip the shadow box around to see the reverse side of the passport.

  5. A metal Santiago Cross and chain that I carried with me and was dipped in the Holy water at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

  6. A cross that was given to me during a Pilgrim Mass when the Pilgrim Blessing was given in the village of Hontanas.

  7. A plate with the total miles walked and the begin and end date. The miles represent the miles from door-to-door each day.

Thanks to Caron at Broadway Gallery for her help and guidance in assembling and displaying these items in a beautiful display.


There is nothing more precious than human life, but if my house was on fire and I had time to retrieve one item knowing everyone was safely out of the house, I would take this shadow box. It contains so many memories.

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My Four Framed Certificates

Caron at Broadway Gallery also created this piece for me. It measures 30.5" x 30.5" and contains four different certificates from the Camino that I received as described below:

  1. The upper left certificate was obtained at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela and primarily shows the kilometers from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. You will notice the text is in Latin.

  2. The lower left certificate is the traditional certificate from the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela showing you have completed the pilgrimage. The pilgrim passport is proof you completed your pilgrimage. You will also note the text is in Latin.

  3. The lower right certificate is the certificate I received at the Pilgrim Office for walking to Muxia.

  4. The upper right certificate is the certificate I received at the Pilgrim Office for walking to Finisterre.

I prize the shadow box more than these four certificates but this is still something I value.


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See three additional photos below relating to my Pilgrim Passport:

Brief descriptions of the photos:

  1. This is an image that shows one side of my Pilgrim Passport.

  2. This is an image that shows the other side of my Pilgrim Passport.

  3. This is an image that shows both sides of my Pilgrim Passport.

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