The Bridge at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortI marked the official start of my Camino walk at the top of this bridge. I shot this photo the day before starting.(September 27, 2013 at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France)
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The Bridge at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

I marked the official start of my Camino walk at the top of this bridge. I shot this photo the day before starting.

(September 27, 2013 at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortFrance)

Foreshadowing.

I was surprised to find this Camino de Santiago marker on a sidewalk near my friends’ apartment in the Lesseps district of Barcelona. It was actually one of the first things I saw upon emerging from the subway station.

As I walked to their apartment, I found a few more. 

“I found the Camino in Barcelona!”

At one point I had thought about starting the Camino in Barcelona, the “Camí de San Jaume” in Catalan. I decided not to because it would add at least 3 weeks to my walk and by many accounts it’s a long and lonely road—not one of the most well-traveled Camino routes.

What are the odds that my friends would live one block off this Camino route? Was this a sign?

I shot this photo on my way to the train that took me north. I would start my Camino two days later.

(September 26, 2013 at Plaça de Lesseps, Barcelona, Catalunya)