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My name is Jeffery Barrera and I am a Spanish pilgrim.
I live in Madrid and work as a guide on the Camino, and in my free time I write guidebooks.
   

My art credentials?

A 5-Year University Degree in Fine Arts, followed by another 10 years working as a printmaker in a print workshop.

Since 1994 I have walked the Galician section of the French and Portuguese Caminos 30 times, and the Camino from the French border once.

Because I get to walk the Camino on a regular basis, I do not have to rely on other people or sources for updates; nothing wrong with that, I just like to see and experience the changes myself.

       
 

One does not simply walk into Santiago...

You'll need proper footwear, a healthy attitude, your Pilgrim Credential and your copy of A Survival Guide!

     
     

So what makes my guidebooks different from the rest?

First, they have been written by a Spaniard for pilgrims from abroad. This means that I can help you understand some of those odd things we do and eat.
Second, I am more interested in sharing aspects of the Camino that only a local would know. Maps can be found anywhere on the Internet, but not local lore and stories!

 
 
The photo below is me in 1994, on my first Camino from Roncesvalles. It took me 28 days to reach Santiago (I was a lot younger back then).
   

If we walk far enough, we shall sometime come to someplace.

Perhaps Santiago :-)

Why do I love the Camino?

Because I love walking in the sun and rain and fog.
Because I love meeting people and sharing stories.
Becuase I love Galician coffee.
Becuase I love the trees and hills in Galicia.
Because I love being part of a thousand-year-old community.
Because I love octopus, and fresh trout, and cheese and Albariño wine!

   

And yes, I also find time to head into town and visit the Prado Museum (photo to the right).

My strategy for an enjoyable visit? Choose 10 or 20 paintings you would like to see and ignore the rest (you can use A Survival Guide), also spend a little time just wandering until a painting catches your eye, and then wrap up your visit with a coffee or tea at the Prado Café.

 
 
   
 

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