Susan Jagannath's Blog

June 28, 2019

Galician Foods for a Pilgrim Soul (and Body)

I found some of the best foods for a pilgrim soul, via this hungry pilgrim’s body.

In our day to day lives we rarely experience hunger, so it’s almost a new experience to feel the gnawing of real hunger pangs and experience the delicious viands that more than meet that hunger, but some foods are more special than others.

The three big CsChurros and chocolate

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For me, it’s the churros and chocolate, washed down by café con leche that I ate after a r...

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Published on June 28, 2019 00:07

May 1, 2019

Why breakfast is better after a boat ride

I’m looking for my third travel book and we’re having a bit of an adventure by literally going out to sea. You don’t write a bestseller by just looking – you have to have the experience, and the more experiences you have the better – so come along for a literal boat ride with me!

Finding Adventure

Finding Adventure

I’m in Goa, a lush green and laidback place, set like a jewel on the coast of India facing the Arabian sea, and I’m finally on the sea! I’m on a boat in south Goa, sailing up and down and...

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Published on May 01, 2019 08:01

December 31, 2018

Forbidden Dreams

Time is running out for all the adventures I’d planned to have as a child that were forbidden or forgotten.Sandakphu is the Himalayan dream I’ve been chasing all my life. I’m afraid that if this may be a dream too late. Forbidden when I was 16 – can I do it when I’m sixy?

A dream the size of Kanchenjunga is hard to ignore forever.

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To gaze on towering Kanchenjunga and the Sleeping Buddha nestled in a snow-white blanket against brilliant blue skies, I snatched glimpse...

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Published on December 31, 2018 00:09

May 14, 2018

Chasing Himalayan Dreams is in the wild!

Chasing Himalayan Dreams is out and roaming the Amazon wilds, drawing readers and reviewers into its journey. There are so many reviews that rave about the book, that I am truly humbled and amazed..oh wow did I make you feel like that?
Then there are the ones who are silent, or who don’t like the book, and that is ok too. I don’t write to please everyone, in fact, I’m not trying to please anyone – I’m trying to share my experience in the hope that it will inspire others to do someth...

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Published on May 14, 2018 15:48

April 29, 2018

Are Pilgrimages dead as Dinosaurs?

 

Day Five is when you are suddenly hit by an existential conflict, you are nearing the end of the pilgrimage, and suddenly you are filled with both relief and a strange kind of sorrow. And because it’s a sort of in-between day, we go from the sublime to the slightly ridiculous.  On day Five, we walked from Meson Do Vento, or Bruma to Siguero, under 20 kms from our destination, Santiago.

Dinosaurs

Camino Ingles

Susan and Dino

Today we were on a fairly easy road, no major climbs or downhills, but als...

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Published on April 29, 2018 01:44

April 25, 2018

Betanzos to Bruma on the Camino Ingles

Day Four on the Camino Ingles was the hardest day, with a steep climb out of Betanzos, and then later in the day, the longest and steepest climb from Cafe Julia to Visono and then a long stretch into Bruma. But you are rewarded with great vistas and an eye-blindingly bright decor at the restaurant at Presedo. Day Four is also the midpoint of your hike, sometime in the middle of the day, you are suddenly closer to Santiago than to Ferrol and that makes a huge difference to your psyche....

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Published on April 25, 2018 05:49

April 22, 2018

The First Day on the Camino Ingles from Ferrol

The Camino Ingles from Ferrol

The Camino Ingles is an authentic pilgrimage route for English and Northern European pilgrims in the middle ages, who came by sea from their homelands to La Coruña or Ferrol, and then walked to Santiago. Santiago de Compostela is roughly 60 km from La Coruña, and 120 km from Ferrol. To gain the compostela, you must walk at least 100 km, hence the modern-day preference for Ferrol as the starting point, though there is a campaign asking Cathedral authorities to allow pilgrims starting fr...

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Published on April 22, 2018 15:05

April 16, 2018

What they’re saying about Chasing Himalayan Dreams

A selection of what early readers are saying –

Wow! A beautiful well written dream converted to adventure packed with interest and amazing anecdotes! Loved reading it.

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” I cannot put this down – much more than a travelogue..grit and determination that portrays that all dreams can come true.” M. Fernandez – Never put off your dreams!

“I have never felt such vicarious pleasure of a journey as when I read this book” Rajkumar. – so glad to share this with you!

“Loved re...

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Published on April 16, 2018 15:48

April 13, 2018

The Zen of Himalayan Adventure Books

If you want to be a writer, you better be a reader.

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And as an adventure writer as I come close to writing my own book, I start reading fiercely and wildly! I must have read over 50 books on the Himalayas over the last 6 months, here are the ones that stood out, make me think, and gave me ideas that transformed me.

Worth Every Gasp by Anamika Mukherjee, I like to read Indian authors, and if they are women, and in this case, this lady is from Bangalore and a technical...

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Published on April 13, 2018 00:14

March 24, 2018

The Ups and Downs of a Self-Publishing Journey

It’s the end of a week in self-publishing which has had a lot of ups and downs. Last week I was positive because I had got a lot of work but life has a way of messing with you.

When editing the book, I found it appalling, complete rubbish! What possessed me to think I’m a writer. I was feeling miserable and then out of nowhere I got a boost.

At church on Sunday evening I met a friend who I don’t see too often who deliberately stopped me to chat and said “Oh Susan your book is so won...

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Published on March 24, 2018 23:25