HSU honors’ students embarked on Camino De Santiago (meaning
the road/walk to Santiago), shortly after spring semester finals. The group
walked approximately a total of 190 miles.
Camino De Santiago was originally a pilgrimage during the
Middle Ages where up to two million people a year came to worship at the
supposed burial place of Saint James.
Braxton Gately, senior economics major from Boerne, Texas,
said, “I learned how important it is to take time off once in a while. I didn’t
have to worry about anything. I just had to put my pack on and walk, and that
sort of simplicity is very refreshing.”
The walk began in Leon, Spain and ended in Santiago. The
group covered all types of terrain, from mountains to flat plains, and met a
variety of different people who were also traveling Camino De Santiago.
Zac Christian, junior English major from Comanche, said, “The
trip was intense physically and mentally, but it was phenomenal. There were so
many people out there from different nations and cultures, all thrown together
on this ancient road. The ability to go out into the world and see places like
that is a wonderful thing for HSU to offer.”
Every night the honors students stopped in villages or towns
and stayed in Albergues, similar to hotels, but primarily for pilgrims walking
the Camino De Santiago. The adventure offered the chance for students not only
to experience new things, but get to know different people as well.
Reagan Dyer, junior theater major on an acting track from Evant, Texas, said, “You can be eating dinner with people you met on the trail, the
only thing in common being language, and not even know their names. But
nobody cares because you’re not just a name, you’re a person and a pilgrim. I made
so many friends along the way, and I only know the names of a handful. Experiences
like that make me love the diversity of the world. “
The honors program takes a trip every year, and trips
alternate between foreign and domestic locations. For more information see http://www.hsutx.edu/academics/honors/.