Thursday, January 14, 2016

UPDATE: January 2016

Happy 2016. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook. My Camino de Santiago memoir is coming along. Stay tuned. Thank you for visiting. ¡Ultreia!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

UPDATE: February 2015

This little blog still draws a fair amount of traffic from Camino de Santiago internet searches and for that I am appreciative. If you're still interested, I'm in the home stretch on what I think the final form of my Camino memoir will look like. I'm ready to move on and have it become what it will be. In the meantime, if you are a current, former or forthcoming peregrino¡Ultreia!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Updates coming soon! Much goodness ahead for my memoir Moving: Breaking Down and Growing Up Along the Camino de Santiago, plus other news.

In the meantime, you can find me on TwitterBuen Camino!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

UPDATE: October 2012

The next two essays in my Camino de Santiago travel series have been posted to the Out Traveler website. If you read my original emails and/or blog posts two-and-a-half years ago, you might recognize some of the stories.

I don't know yet if they'll run any additional installments, but the traffic has been good. I'm researching self-publishing and unless something really great falls into my lap, I'm on track to publish the book next May to coincide with the third anniversary of my adventure.

Thank you for your support! Please log in to Facebook to like, share or leave a comment; if you're on the Twitter machine, please retweet. Help me spread the word that there's a new travel writer in town and he needs to pay some bills.

CLICK HERE for Part 1 ("500 Miles: Hiking the Camino de Santiago").

CLICK HERE for Part 2 ("Pain & Solace").

CLICK HERE for Part 3 ("Self & Solitude").

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Breakthrough: 'Out Traveler'

After two solid years (and change) of rejection—I'm poorer than ever, sorry to report—I've had a breakthrough: I sold a series of essays about my Camino de Santiago adventure to Out Traveler, the premiere LGBT travel website. They are well-regarded and highly visible in the travel field, so this is an awesome break. If any publishers and agents land here, I'm open to offers. Otherwise, the book will be published next spring.

Please enjoy this first essay. It's a taste, an amuse-bouche, if you will, for what the book will look like. Help me spread the word!

CLICK HERE (link safe for work, save for some salty language).

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Sunday, July 29, 2012


For the past several months I've been reflecting on the lessons of the Camino as I've dealt with matters of money and other related stresses that have hung over me like a gritty, dark cloud. This past week has been some kind of culminating point. I suppose it will go into the book. It may not. But things are different now.

I was walking to the bus stop yesterday, trudging along in the heat, sweating and cranky and anxious, worried about money and bills and the possibility of having to leave my longtime apartment and go elsewhere. And I felt a nudge at my back, a gentle but firm push. It stayed with me for a few blocks, this sensation of being steered by an invisible guide. I almost looked over my shoulder several times to see if anyone had come up behind me and laid a hand on my lower back.

I remember this on the Camino. I remember feeling a gentle tug, now and then, at random moments, and it was enough to redirect my thoughts—for a short while, at least—away from my woes and the steady drumbeat of I am not enough. I can't do this. I am a failure in everyone's eyes and in the eyes of God, whatever She/He is.

I haven't felt that gentle nudge since returning from Spain. If it's happened, I have not noticed. On the bus, I thought about it and my life and my bills and deadlines and perceived failures and how all of it seems to be coming to a culmination point right now. And the word "moving" came to me again. The word had already come up that day in conversation, because I might actually be moving soon.

This time, it had new meaning. I realized it was the new title of my Camino memoir. And so it is, unless something else comes along with greater resonance: Moving: Breaking Down and Growing Up on the Camino de Santiago.

Whatever else happens today, next week, next month, I'm moving again.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Post-Camino: Moving on

Two years ago today, I boarded a redeye flight from Barcelona back to Austria, thence to Bratislava, Slovakia, where I would work for another couple of weeks before flying home to Los Angeles. My experience as a peregrino was well and truly over. I may have mentioned this in a journal entry already, but when I arrived in Bratislava I was picked up at the airport by a co-worker and driven to the office, where my boss was awaiting a Camino debriefing. He had a friend visiting him and, lo—she used to live in Spain, right on the Camino de Santiago itself! She was delighted to have a chance to talk to me about it. And she had great advice about taking it easy and letting this crazy, life-altering experience to really settle in. Two years on, and I'm still wrapping my brain around it. Next stop on the itinerary: finishing the book. Stay tuned!

Until then, may you always find a yellow arrow when you need one. ¡Ultreya!

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