Coming off of my first year of teaching seems to be the perfect time to go for a long walk: 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), an ancient pilgrimage across Spain.
From the end of June to the beginning of August 2017, I anticipate resting (mentally–not as much physically) and enjoying some silence after my first year of teaching (5th graders are loud!). I’ll walk for about 35 days across an entire country (from the Pyrenees to the coast)!
Practicing and improving my Spanish will impress my students next year (and help me better connect and communicate with their families). I’ll have an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime summer eating delicious regional food with fellow pilgrims and daily putting miles under my feet.
Teaching has filled up most of my hours and I look forward to having time to walk and think and write over the summer. Adventure on a teaching salary can be tight–but I believe this is the right time for me to discover what the Camino has to teach me.