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Outdoors Journey with Olga on the Camino de Santiago

Colegiata de Nuestra Sen˜ora del ManzanoThursdays at the Library features hiker’s trip to Spain.

“A Journey with Olga Pader on the Camino de Santiago” is the program for the July 25 Thursdays at the Library.

Olga Pader, Macon County resident and avid hiker, crossed the Atlantic in March of this year to once more walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Over 15 days, she walked 205 miles on the French Way (the Camino Francés), the setting of the movie "The Way." Starting in Pamplona, the city famous for the running of the bulls in the streets, this journey ended in the ancient capital of León, at the start of Holy Week with its street processions of holy images. This walk completed Pader's traverse of the 444-mile French Way that she began in September 2011. This time she encountered rain, sleet, snow, and bone-chilling winds for the most exciting and adventurous of her journeys. Still the Camino weaved its magic in unforgettable natural and human experiences.

Approach to the town of Man˜eruThe French Way, the best known and most popular, is one of a network of trails (caminos) crisscrossing Spain as pilgrimage routes that have been traveled by people from all over the world since the Middle Ages. The Camino Francés crosses the Pyrenees from France, enters Spain on a mountain peak, traverses tiny villages, ancient forests and renowned cities, and culminates its mystical journey in the city of Santiago de Compostela. On the Camino, the human experience and earthly landscapes meld to transform walkers into pilgrims on this journey through time and space that culminates in receiving the Compostela that officially recognizes the walker as a "peregrina," a pilgrim of the Camino.

Pader will share her experiences through her picture presentation and tales of her adventures and encounters with the people of the Camino. With grandparents from Galicia, the province where Santiago is located, and being a native Spanish speaker, Olga brings personal connections and insight to her presentation. Maps of the route are included in the slides to anchor each day's itinerary. Planning information and resources will be available as handouts or to email to attendees.

Thursdays at the Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Macon County Library is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and learning. These programs are free, open to all, and held in the library meeting room on Thursdays at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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