pilgrimage

day 0 of the camino

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Don’t worry, we don’t plan to bombard your inbox/reader newsfeed every day with a day-by-day summary of our Camino.

Depending on how it goes and subject to wifi capabilities, we will share occasionally on this blog where we are at, with some photos! However, the plan is to share a Camino Diary elsewhere for those who may be interested. So we will attempt to post a short video at the end of each day on our FB page and share a more daily personal (and possible raw) reflection from both of us on our other blog.

In addition, a note to all the blogs we follow and regularly read/like/comment, if we are quiet, please don’t think you have lost us. We will not likely have the time to do our reading after a long day’s walk but we will see how we go 🙂

Anyway, we are here in St Jean Pied de Port and will be walking the 25 km on Day 1. It has been a really lovely day and although it hasn’t officially started for us, we have already met a few people from around the world! There is such a wonderful sense of community!

Time for bed and let’s see what tomorrow holds! Next time you hear from us, we will be in Spain 🙂

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walking to raise awareness and money for angelman syndrome

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It’s official and now in the open. Le has resigned from her job so we can go travelling for several months! But our bigger news is that we are planning to also embark on the Camino Walk.

To some of our fellow blogger followers who have walked the Camino or are walking the Camino or planning to walk the Camino, you probably already know this news. But what we are revealing for the first time is that we are walking it for charity amongst a few other personal and spiritual (non-religious) reasons!

The walk starts in St Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees in France and will end 800 km “down the road” in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Yes, you read it right, we are walking 800 km – it will be over 7 or so weeks.

The Way of St James has only recently been on our radar to do. It began in 2008, when we first heard someone was doing it. It sounded intriguing and sounded like it would be an astounding achievement. Then not long after, we heard of another person doing it and it just sounded too daunting. A few years on, David read “The Pilgrimage” by Paulo Coelho which sparked our interest and before you know it, everyone around us seems to have done it. So last year, we made a pact that we would do this pilgrimage before we turned 40 at it is also on the UNESCO Heritage List. You all know how much we love our UNESCO Heritage List 🙂

After a few highs and lows of the past year, it dawned on us – we needed to do it soon…. So we decided that we would do it in September!

Now to share with you about the charity we have chosen to walk for:

Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics  (FAST) Australia

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Why these guys? 

 

David’s oldest brother has Angelman Syndrome. And we want to raise not only money for research but also raise awareness about the condition. It really is as simple as that!

So all we ask of our readers and followers is to read up about Angelman Syndrome at the FAST Website: http://www.cureangelman.org.au/ and then do ONE of the following (of course more if you like):

  1. Share what you have learnt with someone, have a conversation about it,
  2. Share something about Angelman Syndrome on your social media,
  3. Share our fundraising page (https://give.everydayhero.com/au/wise-monkeys-abroad) amongst your family and friends
  4. Support us on the 800 km walk by donating – proceeds go directly to FAST (except for transaction fees taken by the banks),
  5. Reblog this post or share on your various social media to spread the word of what we are doing, OR
  6. Encourage us through your comments on our blog, Twitter and/or Facebook as we prepare and face the 800 km.

Thank you in advance for you helping us spread the word and raising money for Angelman Syndrome!

More posts to follow about the Camino itself.