My name is Leslie and I started this site in Feb 2006 while I was recovering from an operation, and at the time and could not get out very much. I had just finished walking the Camino Frances in a bit of pain with a hernia; I only discovered this while walking, painkillers are great they helped me to finish in Santiago. Anyway while recovering I awoke one morning and decided I should know how to build a website – so I built this one on the Camino.
Since then the site has grown and I don’t do everything on the site myself any more. Anna checks my text, spelling mostly, Nora – a big thanks for all the recent photos, I could not run the Camino forum without the moderators they are a great, and they help keep the forum spam free and answer the many questions that get posted every day, a big thanks to the Spanish Tourist Office for all the extra research information they send me, and to the many who have sent me books, CD’s, postcards, and various updates by post and email.
I have been lucky this site has kept the Camino alive in my heart.
I met Leslie in 2005 while walking the Camino Frances – he was likely the grumpiest pilgrim that I met. Many years later and one five year old boy – we are still going strong.
Like others, the Camino came at an inflection point in my life. I was unhappy with my choice of study and wanted to take time out to consider my options.
That resulted in meeting Leslie, a change of country and a change of study and eventually a new career that I love.
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I’m Leslie Gilmour. I went walking the Camino, only because I had lots of time, little money, and wanted to get away for the summer. I didn’t think it would be a wonderful idea to go walk a pilgrimage, I had no real idea of what it would be like. The thoughts of not having my own bed each night, well it wasn’t something I thought would be a great experience.
I was wrong. Not something that happens often! It changed me and my life. That sounds so trite, but no matter how I try to explain it, it always ends up sounding that way.
I love the internet, the simplicity of sitting down at my computer and writing, then it is published immediately, this for me is great I love the freedom of it. However it does have it drawbacks. I make mistakes. I like to think that I don’t, but I do. When I do they are pointed out to me, this is good and bad. Good that I get to correct mis-information and bad in the way some folk do it. It is good to develop a thick skin, mine has become thicker over the last couple of years.
I hope you find this site helpful it has been a pleasure for me to write it.