A number of friends have walked the Camino to Santiago De Compostella. It sounds like a fascinating experience. Over the last few days I’ve been catching up on some old podcasts centred on this pilgrimage walk.
“In the April of 2010, Ailsa Piper, actor, director and writer, hiked for 1,200 kilometres along a little-travelled Spanish pilgrims’ road called the Mozarabe. On her back she carried a strange cargo. Anger, pride, envy, adultery, white lies, gluttony, sloth, vengeance, selfishness and gossip. Ailsa was walking in the manner of medieval pilgrims. She had been paid by colleagues, peers and friends to carry their sins from Granada to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela and thus gain indulgences for those sins. It was a task that was to prove heartbreaking, exhausting and, ultimately, both illuminating and uplifting, and poetry played a crucial part in it."
You’ll find the Poetica show (2012), written and presented by Ailsa Piper here (35 mins), and the Spirit of Things interview (2013 / with Fr. Tony Doherty) here (53 mins). Also, a food lover's pilgrimage with Dee Nolan and Lucy Malouf through the culinary landscapes of ancient Persia and to the tiny villages of Santiago de Compostela. You’ll find the radio conversation here (30 mins).