PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA * 7-day 80-km hike

(Excerpt from the book WINGS AND WANDERLUST – DISCOVERING YOUR INNER SELF)

DAY ONE. I had to travel light with a backpack of less than 1.5 kilos. I had no tent, no umbrella, candles instead of flashlight. I slept in the open air always, except Day 4, anywhere convenient in the farm fields. I wore beach sandals which were full of holes after the hike.

DAY TWO. I was suddenly in the magic of the Portuguese country­side, quaint exotic villages. I prayed the rosary about 4 times a day. I walked at about 2 kilo­meters per hour, 5 to 6 hours or 10 kilometers a day, minus rest and lunch, from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon.

AUTHOR’S NOTE.

As a young Filipino, aged 26, I hitch-hiked 25,000 kilometers in Europe and North Africa for three straight years. I wrote a book on my adventures entitled WINGS AND WANDERLUST – DISCOVERING YOUR INNER SELF.

It Is more than a travelogue. I learned deep insights on the road that changed me totally. I want to share these insights, which can perhaps also change people’s lives.

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