Over the weekend I read a cool book called “Cusco Calls” by Robert Karp which is more about a journey of enlightenment rather than about Peru, but it was an interesting book and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
In his book, Robert Karp mentions a book called “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield. A fiction novel which isn’t necessarily about Peru. It is a story line about understanding why we are where we are in life through these insights teachings from a manuscript that is found in the jungles of Peru. I don’t completely agree with everything but found it interesting to read.
Sometimes I do think about why I have this need or “calling” to travel. Starting when I was so young, then 30 years later rediscovering it again as I am at a place in my life to do more traveling. The whole notion about trying to understand the reason we do the things we do and why we are in the place that we are in is intriguing.
I saw this Facebook Feed and video of a group of pilgrims doing the Camino de Santiago at this albergue and in a circle singing Hallelujah as a group. It brought chills to my skin and warmed my heart.
For some reason, I am drawn to seeing Machu Picchu in Peru. I was also determined to visit Argentina to see the Perito Moreno Glacier and Iguazu Falls.
Are my travel adventures becoming more about finding myself and less about just visiting and traveling other countries? Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling for the sake of traveling. Seeing other places in the world, experiencing their culture, history, art, food, music, dance, etc. gives me great joy. But there is this emerging side of me that feels compelled to also fulfill a more spiritual journey when traveling .
I consider my trips to Peru to see Machu Picchu and to Northern Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago starting in Astorga more of a spiritual self-defining travel adventure and I think it will have a significant impact in my life. Travel is fun and entertaining and for those of us who have had the opportunity to travel we know that it is also a life changing experience that changes not necessarily who we are but how we see and live our lives.