Jacqui tragically witnessed the sudden death of her husband. This was obviously a traumatic experience, and she went through a painful grieving process. A few years on, a conversation with an old walking friend led to them meet up again to walk the Camino de Santiago, the ancient Christian pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella from St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. As her husband was a keen walker as well, she thought it would be a fitting way to remember his life.
So far she has completed two stages of the journey, and hopes to finish the final stage soon. The normal time to walk the nearly 500 mile route is about 5-6 weeks, but the pace depends on the participants. Jacqui chose to walk the route carrying her own 10kg rucksack and stayed in traditional Spanish Alburgues which can range from hostels in disused monasteries to beds in family homes along the way.
Jacqui’s talk was illustrated by stories and beautiful photos of the landscapes, the people she met and the things she saw. She described her emotional journey and we wish her all the best for completing her journey in the near future.