The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago


The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago By Robert C. Sibley – Thomashillier.co.uk Since medieval times, pilgrimages have been a popular religious or spiritual undertaking Even today, between seventy and one hundred million people a year make pilgrimages, if not for expressly religi Since of the Stars: Journeys MOBI :↠ medieval times, pilgrimages have been a popular of the ePUB ☆ religious or spiritual undertaking Even today, between seventy and one hundred million people a year make pilgrimages, if not for The Way PDF/EPUB ² expressly religious reasons, then for an alternative to secular goals and the preoccupation with consumption and entertainment characteristic of contemporary life In The Way of the Stars,the journalist Robert Way of the Kindle ´ Sibley, motivated at least in part by his own sense of discontent, recounts his walks on one of the most well known pilgrimages in the Western world the Camino de SantiagoA medieval route that crosses northern Spain and leads to the town of Santiago de Compostela, the Camino has for hundreds of years provided for pilgrims the practice, the place, and the circumstances that allow for spiritual rejuvenation, reflection, and introspection Sibley, who made the five hundred mile trek twice initially on his own, and then eight years later with his son offers a personal narrative not only of the outward journey of a pilgrim s experience on the road to Santiago but also of the inward journey afforded by an interlude of solitude and a respite from the daily demands of ordinary life The month long trip put the author on a path through his own memories, dreams, and self perceptions as well as through the sights and sounds, the tastes and sensations, of the Camino itself.

    The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago de SantiagoA medieval route that crosses northern Spain and leads to the town of Santiago de Compostela, the Camino has for hundreds of years provided for pilgrims the practice, the place, and the circumstances that allow for spiritual rejuvenation, reflection, and introspection Sibley, who made the five hundred mile trek twice initially on his own, and then eight years later with his son offers a personal narrative not only of the outward journey of a pilgrim s experience on the road to Santiago but also of the inward journey afforded by an interlude of solitude and a respite from the daily demands of ordinary life The month long trip put the author on a path through his own memories, dreams, and self perceptions as well as through the sights and sounds, the tastes and sensations, of the Camino itself."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 170 pages
  • The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago
  • Robert C. Sibley
  • English
  • 07 July 2019
  • 0813933153

About the Author: Robert C. Sibley

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10 thoughts on “The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago

  1. Nancy Nancy says:

    A little on the skimpy side, as Camino accounts go Insufficient depth as regards either the inward or outward journey or pretty much anything except what wines he drank the slight lubriciousness especially in regard to nursing mothers is unfortunate His account of the Shikoku pilgrimage is better Still, heartfelt for all that.

  2. Yasmin Yasmin says:

    I am not a religious person In fact my belief in a god or equilivent has been shaken very recently However looking beyond to the references of god and church there was wonderful moments of peace, memory, searching spiritually and finding Altho as an individual if I walked the camino I would walk around and taken in the splendor of nature Indeed my walk would take far longer because of that I would lose myself in my natural environment I would sit in the grass and even watch a crow fly by I am not a religious person In fact my belief in a god or equilivent has been shaken very recently However looking beyond to the references of god and church there was wonderful moments of peace, memory, searching spiritually and finding Altho as an individual if I walked the camino I would walk around and taken in the splendor of nature Indeed my walk would take far longer because of that I would lose myself in my natural environment I would sit in the grass and even watch a crow fly by It was so heart warming when Robert rescued the lizard Exactly as I would have done in his wet shoes But being enchanted by nature around me I probably would have strayed from the trail several times I once walked 14 miles in a day, not anywhere close to his distances but I was a teenager and got a huge blister on my foot Well it was the size of a ping pong ball, which seemed big to me I watched it eventually deflate like a crushed egg And rather than walk the rest of the way back my family and I that came with me we took a bus On the walking route we mostly took our time and saw a marvellous grey heron Our legs were tired but we were pleased with ourselves This is a great book for those facing sad times, for those curious about pilgrimages, for those interested in Spain and for those wantingin their lives A must read

  3. Beth Jusino Beth Jusino says:

    Sibley is the prototype of a modern pilgrim Religiously neutral, but longing forthan his daily life Out of shape, and willing to take shortcuts and buses in search of his ultimate goal A traveler who appreciates his bottle of wine at the end of a long day of walking The story of his journey on the Camino de Santiago is one of the most familiar I ve read I can see myself making many of the same choices Sibley does and yet also one of the most impersonal We know almost nothing about Sibley is the prototype of a modern pilgrim Religiously neutral, but longing forthan his daily life Out of shape, and willing to take shortcuts and buses in search of his ultimate goal A traveler who appreciates his bottle of wine at the end of a long day of walking The story of his journey on the Camino de Santiago is one of the most familiar I ve read I can see myself making many of the same choices Sibley does and yet also one of the most impersonal We know almost nothing about the man apart from his time on the trail, and so it s hard to put his sometimes repetitive spiritual questions or angst about his daily life into any kind of context Yet this isn t a book about a spiritual journey it s a book about a very long walk and in that, it shines The details are sharp and the descriptions carry the reader to rainy mountaintops and muddy barnyards Sibley provides a welcome dose of realism into an ancient journey

  4. Barbara Gabriel Barbara Gabriel says:

    There are many things to like about The Way of the Stars Sibley is a Canadian journalist, married but traveling the Camino on his own He s done his research, is prepared for the rigors, learns from his mistakes especially when he ditches his heavy camping clothes in favor oftechnical and much lighter weight clothes and shows us the insights he gains along the Way of St James The book is well written and anyone contemplating walking the Camino will glean information from it What There are many things to like about The Way of the Stars Sibley is a Canadian journalist, married but traveling the Camino on his own He s done his research, is prepared for the rigors, learns from his mistakes especially when he ditches his heavy camping clothes in favor oftechnical and much lighter weight clothes and shows us the insights he gains along the Way of St James The book is well written and anyone contemplating walking the Camino will glean information from it What I didn t enjoy was Sibley s description of any woman under a certain age in a sexual way A young Brazilian woman is the Brazilian Bombshell, another is elfin and they all have gasp breasts Any woman in her 50s Sibley s age or older doesn t rate his sexual descriptions If only an editor had reined Sibley in on this one thing It makes him come off as a lecherous old fart

  5. Rosa M. Rosa M. says:

    I enjoyed reading about the author s journeys on the Camino, particularly his feelings and spiritual insights gained The history of the region was well researched and interesting The feeling of taking a very old and sacred pilgrimage was very real to the reader I m not much of a traveler, but I would one day love to go on some type of pilgrimage similar to the Camino I have learned from this book that we all have our pilgrimages to find ourselves back at our own hearts and desires A trip li I enjoyed reading about the author s journeys on the Camino, particularly his feelings and spiritual insights gained The history of the region was well researched and interesting The feeling of taking a very old and sacred pilgrimage was very real to the reader I m not much of a traveler, but I would one day love to go on some type of pilgrimage similar to the Camino I have learned from this book that we all have our pilgrimages to find ourselves back at our own hearts and desires A trip like this can re establish our own identity and inner peace

  6. John Hoole John Hoole says:

    Dilettante journalist gets paid to walk the Camino de Santiago Without any real spiritual or religious ambition, Silbey dwells on the difficulty of the hike, the 2 bottles of wine he drinks per night, and women he finds sexually attractive On the upside, the writing is fine and you get a decent lay of the land along the route history of the pilgrimage.

  7. Laurie Mcclary Laurie Mcclary says:

    If you are wanting to learn about why you should hike the Camino De Santiago then this is your book It is not a how to but a why.

  8. Quo Quo says:

    There is a great array of books dedicated to various kinds of pilgrimages particularly detailing the Camino or path to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, NW Spain Each of these accounts has a different agenda, even while often walking the same trails to the site where the bones of the apostle St James are said to be interred, a classic very historic pilgrimage site What causes each account to differ is often quite personal and involves varying spiritual or even secular meditations along There is a great array of books dedicated to various kinds of pilgrimages particularly detailing the Camino or path to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, NW Spain Each of these accounts has a different agenda, even while often walking the same trails to the site where the bones of the apostle St James are said to be interred, a classic very historic pilgrimage site What causes each account to differ is often quite personal and involves varying spiritual or even secular meditations along the way, interactions with other pilgrims, the heft of the rucksack, care of footwear feet, weather, preferences for lodgings, level of perseverance and particularly the rationale for making the pilgrimage While walking with his son, Robert Sibley seemingly begins the book as a kind of epilogue to his initial solo pilgrimage 8 years before, with this pilgrim s tale then focusing almost entirely on the first journey, one taken as a sabbatical of sorts from Sibley s career in journalism Each chapter begins with a quote appropriate to making a pilgrimage or to the process of walking or just sorting through one s life in a broader context Unlike some other accounts of the long march to Santiago de Compostela from the traditional launching point at St Jean Pied de Port in France, Sibley is quite willing to be flexible in his walking methodology, sacrificing pilgrim authenticity for the sake of tired legs or severely blistered feet by taking various buses cabs en route He does however make a great portion of the pilgrimage on foot includes information on some of the places where he lodges at night, not always the typically spartan pilgrim refugios but just as often at nice hotels, including the Hotel Perla in Pamplona, a five star hostelry favored by Ernest Hemingway, a place most pilgrims would disdain as contrary to the spirit of the trek or which they are not able to afford The chapter opening quotes the stated focal point within each chapter, including Prayer, Pain, Paths, Time Gratitude represent a nice framework and one does feel at times as if one is trailing along just behind the author, feeling the pain, viewing the landscapes interacting with fellow pilgrims, coming to an increased consciousness of getting lost in walking Sibley does reach a heightened state through walking and late in the journey comments that the Camino is a place where you just feel the presence of God However, one does get the distinct sense that his particular walk is often less spiritual than fueled by spirits, with considerable detail given to the various alcoholic rewards he consumes after a long day s walk along the way to Santiago In spite of the many sizable meals the intake of winepotent spirits, he is said to have lost 30 pounds while walking The Way of the Stars Journeys on the Camino de Santiago is nicely footnoted has an ample bibliography of other titles of potential interest to those considering making a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela However, adetailed map of the route taken might have been quite helpful for future pilgrims planning a similar journey within Spain I especially enjoyed the commentary involving the author s other pilgrims distinct reasons for making a pilgrimage and the account of intersections with those who aided him in various ways, some even offering personal blessings along the way With such commentary on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, there comes the realization at journey s end of feeling homesickbut not for home, rather being homesick for the Camino The pilgrimage ends but continues on, if only in the way that past pilgrims continue to have flashbacks of the Camino and a sense of having enjoyed a life altering experience, ever remaining in some important way a pilgrim

  9. Liralen Liralen says:

    Sibley offers up a wealth of historical information here he s clearly done his research, citing both other travelers accounts and historical fact and myth about the various towns he finds himself in I will, in fact, be checking his bibliography against my library s catalogue As an account of pilgrimage, though, I didn t love this too heavy an emphasis on where he stayed, what he ate, what he drank I realize that this is in many ways an integral part of the trek you don t walk 24 ho Sibley offers up a wealth of historical information here he s clearly done his research, citing both other travelers accounts and historical fact and myth about the various towns he finds himself in I will, in fact, be checking his bibliography against my library s catalogue As an account of pilgrimage, though, I didn t love this too heavy an emphasis on where he stayed, what he ate, what he drank I realize that this is in many ways an integral part of the trek you don t walk 24 hours a day but, personally, I was far less interested in the details which were numerous of the nice hotels he stayed in than in the details which were few of the refugios he stayed in, and less interested in those details than those of the walk itself And really Enough with the ogling of pretty women It s never quite big enough for the author to come off as a sleaze, but it s persistent enough to be exasperating like, really That s what s stuck with you all this time Sigh That saidWhen Sibley started his pilgrimage and received his credencial pilgrim s passport he called himself a cultural pilgrim by the end of the trek he had revised cultural to spiritual It s a theme of the book and, perhaps, of many others , as he graduates from concern over his blisters and aching legs to a deeper consideration of long lost memories and what this trip means to him really To me the book s value is largely in its bibliography, but I am glad to have started off this reading theme with a decently nuanced view

  10. Jenni Jenni says:

    Yet another brilliant narrative on an individual experience walking the Camino Couldn t put it down read its 155 pages in a day Well written, humorous at times Interesting, informative, personal An honest perspective of a personal journey, not clouded over with embellishments for the sake of publication.Sibley s experience was not extraordinarily different than some of the others experiences I ve read, but his experience was unique to him and thus a joy to read He was real Yes, he took Yet another brilliant narrative on an individual experience walking the Camino Couldn t put it down read its 155 pages in a day Well written, humorous at times Interesting, informative, personal An honest perspective of a personal journey, not clouded over with embellishments for the sake of publication.Sibley s experience was not extraordinarily different than some of the others experiences I ve read, but his experience was unique to him and thus a joy to read He was real Yes, he took taxis a couple times Yes, he spent some extra nights in towns for various reasons versus racing through the journey Yes, he didn t always stay in the toughest refugios and occasionally splurged on a nice room in a hostal or hotel Yes, he partook quite a bit, actually in the Spanish wine Wonderful As an aside, this being my fourth and not my last read book on personal journeys walking the Camino, reading others reviews has left me perplexed by the number of readers complaining about how authors not just Sibley are walking the Camino but don t know why, or disappointed that when they re finished reading the author has not revealed some miraculous, life changing epiphany Are these reviewers trying to armchair walk the Camino and thus seek their own answers via the authors

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