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Grandma's on the Camino: Reflections on a 48-Day Walking Pilgrimage to Santiago

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Mary O'Hara Wyman, a 72 year old grandmother from San Francisco, relates her 2010 adventures walking 500 miles alone as a pilgrim on the Camino Frances. Her journey takes her from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, across the Pyrenees to Spain, then westward to the ancient spiritual destination of Santiago de Compostela. Through back-home reflections based on journal entries ...more
Published November 19th 2012 by Authorhouse (first published November 16th 2012)
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Julie Davis
I included this in my "pilgrimage" reading although I'm planning to go to the Holy Land which is a quite different sort of pilgrimage.

Mary Wyman has an entry for each day of her solo walk to Santiago. Each includes the daily postcard she sent to 4-year-old granddaughter Elena, a journal entry from that day, and a longer reflection from after the pilgrimage was completed. I really enjoyed the format, especially the ways that Wyman connected with her granddaughter in the cards by asking questions
Dec 09, 2014 Kathy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind multiple grammatical and spelling errors.
If you expect quality editing in a book, this one isn't for you. I wanted to like this book but I couldn't get past the spelling and grammatical errors. In just the first few pages the author misspelled "grand daughter" (sic) and "Pyranees" (sic) over and over again. The author does not understand the concept of closed compounds. She also covers each day three different times, giving a disjointed yet repetitive story of her daily activities. She mentions so many quotes that I ceased to be impres ...more
Heidi Ochoa
Go, Mary, go! I loved this book! I loved the way Mary wrote as well as the manner in which the book is put together. Each chapter began with the postcard she sent that day to her granddaughter. This is followed by a journal entry she wrote after she wrote the postcard and then a reflection after she returned to San Francisco and had time to process her experience. I really enjoyed this one.
Scott Brown
I couldn't put it down! Follow Mary's true story as she walks the 500 mile Camino Frances across northern Spain at age 70! An easy read, as it takes the form of a chapter per day. Mary meets other pilgrims, her past, her faith, and hardships and joys of the trip head-on, ending the pilgrimage a changed woman. A true inspiration.
Grandma on the Camino sounded interesting since my husband is older and wants to walk it. I thought the journal was a good idea. It was set each day with a postcard to her grand daughter (good idea) and then she went into more detail about the day which REPEATED much of what was on the post card ( the repetition got to me). Lastly, she reflected upon each day after she got home (good idea and insights). It was interesting, however she kept saying how she was 70years old and needed a bottom bunk. ...more
I have a friend hiking the Camino as I read this book.
I must say I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a very long time! To say I loved this book is an understatement. With that said...I anxiously await the return of my friend from her spiritual Pilgrimage.

Oh, the questions I have....oh, the answers she will have.

EVERYONE needs to read this book.
Very good book sharing of the author's journey - beautiful, thoughtful, and honest reflection. I enjoyed the format of postcards written to her granddaughter followed by her journal entries, even though at times it felt a little repetitive. Met with 3 friends who read this book at the same time and we ate, drank wine, and discussed the book! I recommend this book and getting together with friends!
Diane Thompson
Apr 07, 2015 Diane Thompson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: late bloomers like myself who have an urge to go for the long trail
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I loved this book. It was frank and honest and convinced me that I should try this amazing path myself. I give her a lot of credit for sticking with it and having the energy to write everyday despite scars and fatigue.
Molly Divine
In preparation for my own camino, I am reading all things on and about it. This especially appealed to me as I am a grandmother. I appreciated her sharing her experience in such a personal way, but it was painful to read it, feeling all her discomforts as she literally stumbled to Santiago. Good for her to complete it and thank you for sharing.
Interesting enough but somewhat repetitive, first the postcard, repeated in the journal, repeated memories again once she returned home. Days noted after returning home were unnecessary. Still, an interesting read if you're old and planning a camino trip!
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