5.0 out of 5 stars Walkers and Pilgrims, 13 Jun 2012
This review is from: Walking to Santiago (Paperback)
This is the best book I have read on walking the pilgrim trail (the Camino) to Santiago de Compostela. Mary Wilkie, a 58 year old Australian, tells it exactly how it was day-by-day and every day. A must read for anyone contemplating doing this journey on foot.

Kristie Dunn in Australian Catholics Spring 2002 was a fine read- a mixture of mundane details, … cameo encounters with locals and fellow pilgrims, snapshot guides to places of interest, complete with historical information…. There is no preaching…No drama, no self-absorbed introspection, and no passing judgement….This book is clear, honest and good-humoured − a must for potential pilgrims and a simple delight for others.

Walking to Santiago - Diary of a Pilgrimage (Paperback) Review in
Excellent book - one that gives a practical guide to walking the Camino. Mary Wilkie, at age 59, decided to walk from Paris to Santiago de Compostela. This book, in diary format, tells how she felt, what she carried, the characters she met. A truly wonderful guide to walking the Camino.

Bishop Pat Power wrote in Catholic Voice Canberra  August 2002  “Mary Wilkie’s journey engaged me from start to finish. Her smiling photo on the books cover reflects the happy story within, a story which is sure to bring joy to the hearts of its readers.”

In 2012 (14 years on) Michelle Bradshaw a reader wrote to me from SAUDI ARABIA

“I really loved your book as I could identify with you and I loved the breakdown of miles you gave. In fact the mileage was great as a couple of years later I decided to do the distance in Dhahran and once I began walking friends wanted to join in too. I lent your book to at least a dozen people (plus some purchased their own copy) and 7 of us (7 initially but goodness knows how many now, plus many who joined the group for awhile and dropped out), walked the distance of your Camino while in Dhahran. We marked our maps of France and Spain as we progressed and it taught us all more about the geography of those countries. It kept us walking, we made new friends as others joined the group plus it was fun (although I must admit I think some people thought us quite mad - particularly when we walked at 4am to get the day's distance in before it got too hot). The group also went international - I kid you not! A guy working for Qatar Petroleum in Doha heard what we were doing from a colleague in Dhahran and he and his flatmates began walking and ticking off the miles (in fact I walked with them one morning along Doha Corniche), then two of them moved onto Angola and at least initially carried on walking - maybe they're still doing it!

It's quite odd really. You decided to do the Camino and wrote about your experience and you (without knowing) touched a whole group of oil workers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, one went on to Angola. There was a Canadian and my sister was walking it in the UK. And, those are the one's I know of. I wonder what (unknown) impact you had world wide? It's quite a powerful thought really isn't it? I for one am very glad you wrote the book. "

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