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The brazilian part of the Way of Saint James

In December of 2017, a friend and I walked the Brazilian part of the Way of Saint James or Camino de Santiago, in the city of Florianópolis, State of Santa Catarina. For me, it was a great joy to be able, in my own country, to walk, one more time, this path of so much symbology, religiosity and faith.

You may ask: what do you mean, Carol? Camino de Santiago has its traces only on the European continent, right? No. This is very recent information. I explain:

Because of the growing presence of Brazilians on the Way of St. James, two Brazilian pilgrims idealized the project and pleaded a route in national territory to the competent religious authority of the city of Santiago de Compostela. In June of 2017, the brazilian path was opened in Floripa, how it is also called the city of Florianópolis. : D So, whoever wants, can walk the path in brazilian territory and complement the 100 km route in Spanish territory, starting in La Coruña to Santiago de Compostela, in order to get the Compostelana (certificate of pilgrimage).

Well, taking advantage of an old invitation from a friend to visit Floripa, we decided to reunite the ideas and walk the 21 km between the beach of Canasvieiras, in the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sanctuary. During this path, what can be done in one day, we go through absolutely beautiful landscapes – amazing our eyes, hearts and minds.

Image extracted from the folder available on the internet about the Brazilian Way.

To formalize the act, it is recommended to obtain the credential of the pilgrim in the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and, when passing by other three points, to get the stamps in the churches that accompany the journey. Following: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (1st stamp) – St. Peter’s Church (2nd stamp) – Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes Church (3rd stamp) – and Sacred Heart of Jesus Sanctuary (4th stamp). That’s what we did.

All the way is signalized, but whoever wants to walk it, it is also advisable to take the folder with the information about the available path in the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, starting point of the route or to print it beforehand on internet. It is dynamic and offers in detail how each step can be experienced, with observations, like the two options of the route.

I made the Way with a small backpack where I put inside water and nuts. I didn’t use sticks or hiking boots, but it is interesting to use them, especially if the pilgrim chooses to do the Morro do Rapa trail. We made it and WOW! What a view! I recommend it, but be careful, because it is rated on the difficult level of difficulty.

Another useful info: during the trip, you can find snack bars and eat/drink açaí, beer and empanadas. In the first establishment, I ate açaí with cereals. In the second, I ate empanadas and drank a cold beer. Pilgrimage is not synonymous of suffering, right !? 😉

More information / questions can be asked here in the comments below. I’ll be happy to reply them. :)

Other websites that have talked about the subject:

El país

Página do Caminho Brasileiro no facebook

Site da Associação Catarinense dos Amigos do Caminho de Compostela

Buen Camino! Bom Caminho!

Three inspirational books I read in 2017

Every beginning of a new year is pretty common people make plans of reading more during the next 365 days. Today, however, I wouldn’t like to indicate how many books I intend to read, nor publish the list of all that I read last year – yes, I have my own list in the notepad of my cell phone :) – but make reference to 3 of them that inspiried me to live better the daily life.

1) A Year of Living Danishly – Helen Russell

I read this book in September, inspired by a comment of a travel blogger named Amanda Noventa. “The Secret of Denmark,” written by the English writer Helen Russell, essentially addresses her research in order to find out why danes are considered the happiest people in the world. In a light and casual way, Helen recounts her misadventures as a foreigner in this Scandinavian country. It is impossible not to get caught smiling or teleporting to Legoland, near Aarhus, where Helen and her husband chose to spend a year, motivated by an excellent proposal of work received by him. Undoubtedly, the lessons learned by the writer, inspired by living with the danish people, also make us want to adapt our way of thinking and even make small-point adjustments in our routine, wherever we live, to live a happier life, every single day. :)

2) De catedral a catedral – Como passar em concurso público andando de bicicleta (Evandro Torezan)

No, I didn’t read this book with the purpose of getting new methods or formulas to get approved on exams. The author Evandro Torezan is master with these dynamics. Apart from the fact he is a person of faith and incredible determination, he is still a cyclist, who wake up at dawn to pedal through the streets of the Federal District. I met Evandro at the gym and we were introduced because a common interest: pilgrimages. Our teacher Rafael told to Evandro that I had walked the Way of Saint James. Soon we started to talk more deeply about this subject and we promised that I would give him my eBook about the Camino de Santiago and he would present me with his book “De catedral a catedral”, that also talks about pilgrimage. As I started reading the book, I realized that it would bring me many teachings. The first of them was: faith, focus and discipline are powerful tools for achieving our goals. Second: our Brazil has many paths of pilgrimages from north to south. Evandro reports the pedals that led him from the Cathedral of Brasilia to the Cathedral of Aparecida on the famous Way of Faith. And last but not least: I realized that I wasn’t demanding much efforts from my body. I know it can go further. That’s why I started running with more frequency and enthusiasm. Let’s see how far this will lead me. :) Thank you, Evandro, for such powerful lessons! I keep waiting for the next adventure! : D

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3) The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World (Torre DeRoche)

Another travel book for the list. “The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World” by Torre DeRoche is one of those books that seem to teleport you to the scenarios where the history is passing. In this case, Italy (Via Francigena) and India. DeRoche, an north american woman, meets Masha in New York and later in Europe. The big point here is that this reunion isn’t as common as it can suggest. DeRoche was traveling in order to deal better with the mourning for the end of a long relationship, as well as the death of her father. When Masha invites her to travel together a pilgrimage called Via Francigena, in Italy, and, on sequence, the footsteps of Gandhi, another pilgrimage through India, the author, despite the initial resistance, decides to embrace the challenge . The book describes the adventures of two friends along these paths, brushing the narratives with lucid and sensitive reflections about life. I identified myself too much with the author’s reports. Maybe this happened because pilgrims recognize and vibrate similar energies. :) I have no doubt you would love this book.