Sometimes you meet people in ways you were not expecting…
Thus my story of meeting Amara begins…with wonderful scents from her big pot of homemade vegetable soup in the communal kitchen of Le Village Hostel in Paris. As my nose followed the smells that reminded me of my grandmother’s kitchen, my eyes spot her friendly note inviting all the hostel guests “to share”.
Food has a way of starting conversation. Soon we were both eating soup and talking about where we had traveled and where we were traveling next.
The “next” for Amara, a 28-year-old, 4th grade schoolteacher in Minnesota, is to walk 500 miles solo along Pilgrimage Trails in southern France to Spain!
Today starts her adventure with a three hour train trip from Paris to Avallon in southern France…followed by a 10 mile hike to Vezelay and her first stop…two nights contemplative refuge at the peaceful monastic run Maison Bethanie where “silence is required”.
After Vezelay, her next 490 miles are without reservations. Like the Pilgrims before, she trusts she will find housing along the way, meet other travelers, and soak in the beauty of the route and its architecture.
In 50 days, she ends her 500 mile walk just before the Spanish border in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
We can follow her adventure as she blogs her walk.
What an inspiration to her 4th grade students. She has shown them it is possible for anyone to live their dreams!