Since the times of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, Americans have headed off to Europe on odysseys of self-improvement. But until recently, Americans have not chosen 'the best way'—El Camino de Santiago.
Walker (known from his previously published works as "Skywalker") decided to undertake the 500-mile trek that stretches from the Pyrenees in southern France to Santiago in Northwest Spain. And to ensure he did it properly, booked it for the ‘Holy Year’ of 2010. More than 200,000 pilgrims were struggling on foot to make it to the Great Gothic Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela that year.
The Camino is supposed to be a religious-spiritual pilgrimage. But Walker had also been told that it was “The European Divorcee Trail.” At Walker's side was his 18 year-old nephew, Gavin, who thrives with his special brand of Fonzie-like charm. The towel-snapping banter between the two of them is reminiscent of the frat-boy dialogue between Bill Bryson and Katz.
Better yet, the two of them learn just how delightful the French really can be (except, of course, when they’re being impossible), why the Germans are almost all model pilgrims, and the tragi-glorious roots of the Spanish national character.
The Best Way is a must-read for travelers, adventurers and students of the human condition alike.
Skywalker has once again brought his readers along on another fun long distance hike...this time across Spain. He shares a pretty in-depth history of Europe's religions and nicely dovetails that in with his sojourn to the sea. The varied mix of international characters that he meets along the way brings home how similar our lives are no matter where we are from. Skywalker seems to really enjoy a "total immersion" with the languages and cultures he encounters! Once you pick up this book, you won't want to put it down!
— Amazon reviewer
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After working in commodities for years Bill Walker became a VISTA volunteer and was the welfare-reform coordinator for the South Texas region. He then moved to Latin America where he taught English as a Second Language in five different countries. In 2005 he hiked the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail and wrote Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, and in 2009 he hiked the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail and published Skywalker--Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, the best-selling book for the area. Walker, who is 6'11", is currently working on a whimsical book on the subject of height.
Title: The Best Way: El Camino de Santiago
Author: Bill Walker
Publication Date: January 2012
Publisher: Skywalker Publishing
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