The Camino is known in English as the Way of St James. All Camino pilgrimage routes lead to Santiago de Compostela as this is where the remains of St James, (Santiago), were discovered in the ninth century. The pilgrimage was popular in the 10th, 11th and 12th century and then slowly declined in popularity.
By the 20th century, almost no one was walking any of the routes. Then in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s the route became of interest to a few. They began to write and map the routes again.
In the 21st century, the idea of a pilgrimage is perhaps quaint. However, the exertion of walking for a month and being disconnected to modern devices is immensely liberating.
Many go back and walk the same route again, or a different route. Some pilgrims are unable to take enough time off to walk a whole route and walk for a week each year finishing their Camino over 4 or 5 years.
Rafal Skarbek set up and ran a wonderful organisation called Diversity Voice in Somerset, which supports EU citizens, their families and communities in South West England.
He has been a member, friend and partner of New Europeans for several years and we have worked together on many campaigns.
In 2019, Rafal decided to change direction and move on from Diversity Voice to embrace new challenges.
Before taking up a new position, he decided to walk and cycle El Camino.
During the trip, Rafal has very kindly offered to raise £5k to support New Europeans' campaign for an #EUGreenCard.
To support the campaign, please donate here
To follow Rafal on his Camino, click here