Short stories, Travel and Health Information
Three years to the day I set off on my Camino journey, I published Strangers on the Camino as an eBook. The paperback edition was launched in May 2014 by Vijitha Yapa Publishers in Colombo.
The journal that I maintained while on the six week, eight hundred kilometre (500 mile) walk provided much of the material for this book – but “Strangers” is not simply a day to day diary of this arduous journey that I made in the company of my son. I have included my observations about the region, the people, the history and culture of this part of Spain – and also discussed my views on various topics ranging from the myth of Santiago to the relationship between fathers and sons, from the influence that seven hundred years of Arab rule had on modern Spain to the influence of religion in our lives. The Camino after all is a journey very much like our journey along the very road of Life, where what we do along the journey is so much more important than the destination.
My son Shivantha and I – neither Catholics, Spaniards nor even Europeans – learned much as we travelled along the Camino, and I have even recounted the twelve valuable ‘Camino Lessons’ which we learned along The Way.
I believe this is my best book yet.