Ms. Norvell is a 2023 graduate of the University of Vermont.
I had been looking forward to some spiritual revelation being magically granted to me by walking 500 miles across northern Spain, yet it seems I am left with nothing but callouses.
Outside the village of Itero de la Vega, the outline of the Ermita de San Nicolas appears like a mirage floating on the dense fog, welcoming the wet, cold, and weary travelers — whose feet are about to be washed.
By week two a camaraderie that sprouted on that first night in France endures as we approach the vast — and hot — plateau, but we know with whom not to share a bunk.
From French Basque country, over the Pyrenees, and through the bullfighting Mecca of Pamplona to Logroño, the heart of Rioja country.