Camino de Santiago

Random Thoughts

October 26, 2014
This afternoon’s office

Random Thought #1: Blog Limbo

I’ve been in blog “limbo” for about a week now, since I migrated all the content from this Blogspot to my own url,, which I purchased October 14. Now, I really should have a link to that web address but unfortunately, a link would take you to a page that requires that you log in. This is because the migration didn’t go as smoothly as one might hope. I’ve been in touch with a web strategist about rectifying the situation and you could say I’m currently playing the waiting game and practicing patience.

In the meantime, I’ve been struggling with whether to continue posting here, or waiting until the new site is ready to post there. As you can see, I decided to continue posting here with the hope that I will have my new site up and running within the week.

Random Thought #2: Walking as Transportation

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn

In my late twenties, there were a couple of years I didn’t have a car because I had sold mine prior to moving to Spain (to live in a small town on the Costa del Sol for a year). For much of that time, I lived in Kensington, which is at the north end of the Berkeley hills, just east of El Cerrito, and worked at Backroads Active Travel Company down in the flats of Berkeley. While there were times my roommate, Steph, let me borrow her car or gave me rides, or I took the bus, for the most part I got to work under my own steam, whether by bike, inline skates, or on foot. Getting to and from work took about 40 minutes each way.

It was annoying, to be sure, but I remember feeling good by the time I arrived at work; invigorated and with the feeling that I had already accomplished something.

Yesterday I walked to all my destinations around town and didn’t get in my car once, which is rare for me. I walked to the Homestead Valley community center to meet with friends and then walked downtown to meet a handful of them for brunch. They all offered to give me a ride but I told them I wanted to walk. They were just ordering when I arrived twenty minutes later, so it was perfect timing. Then I walked home and a couple of hours later, walked across town to my friend Steph’s house for dinner. All together, I walked 4.8 miles, which isn’t a huge amount but still gave me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

There is something about using walking as transportation that feels good to me. It gives me the same kind of satisfaction that finishing a blog post or taking a photograph I like provides. That is how I felt every day on the Camino. Every day I felt like I had accomplished something by the time I arrived at my destination. I felt complete.
This morning’s office

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