Friday, May 22, 2015

WALKING THE CAMINO WITH ANNIE O'NEIL AND PHIL VOLKER



For this week's arts and culture piece, I interviewed Los Angeleno Annie O'Neil, who has walked the Camino.

It begins:

"For those who have been living under a rock, the Camino de Santiago — also known as the Way of St. James — is a 500-mile ancient pilgrimage route that begins in southern France, crosses the Pyrenées, and snakes through Spain, ending at the spectacular cathedral in Santiago.

Annie O’Neil, a native of Los Angeles, had read of the Camino, was fascinated by the Camino, dreamed of the Camino. Then, one day in the fall of 2008, an old friend named Lydia Smith called out of the blue and said, “Have you ever heard of the Camino de Santiago?”

Smith was planning a documentary about folks who walk the Camino. Her plan was simply to go and let the Camino “provide.” But she needed someone to kick things off."

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.




photos: Todd Pinckney, courtesy of “Phil’s Camino.”







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