Interview with Beth Jusino author of “Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino De Santiago”

November 28, 2018 by
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“Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino De Santiago” by Beth Jusino is a story of real struggle, companionship and inspiration and is the perfect Christmas present or stocking filler for those who feel inspired by the way of St. James (Camino de Santiago). Below you’ll find out interview with Beth.

“Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino De Santiago” reviews:

“Walking to the End of the World keeps us turning its pages-an elegant story woven in the seasoned voice of writer Beth Jusino, who shares great insight into her own strengths and weaknesses, relationships of all sorts, and a world view we’d all do well to consider. Among Camino memoirs this book takes its place in the top tier”. – Steve Watkins

“Beth Jusino has captured the essence of this ancient pilgrimage which inspires the reader with detail, wit and spot-on accounts of what it’s really like to walk the Camino de Santiago.” – Gabriel Schirm

“Jusino makes it clear that long-distance trails aren’t just for the extremely fit, and that most people — regardless of their age or fitness level — can enjoy adventurous travel on foot.” – South Sound Magazine

Walking Tour Camino Frances

Hillwalk Tours: Would you like to introduce yourself first?

Beth: Hi, my name is Beth Jusino–unless you’re French, in which case you can call me Elizabeth. Beth, it turns out, is a hard word to hear or say in French. That’s one of the things I learned when, in the spring and summer of 2015, my husband Eric and I followed the path of two million pilgrims before us and walked the Way of St. James–familiar to most people as the Camino de Santiago-from Le Puy, France, to Finisterre, Spain.

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Hillwalk Tours: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Beth: My book about that thousand-mile trip, Walking to the End of the World, was published by Mountaineers Books in October 2018. It was awarded the Barbara Savage Miles to Nowhere award for travel writing, and has been well received by both Camino pilgrims and armchair travelers.

Cathedral Santiago de Compostela - Camino de Santiago

Hillwalk Tours: Was the walk in 2015 your walk trip on the Camino?

Beth: Not at all. Since then, I’ve returned to the Camino twice: a brief return to the Camino Frances in 2017, and then half of the Camino del Norte in 2018. All together, I’ve spent more than 100 days walking some part of the Way of Saint James, and I’m nowhere near done.

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Hillwalk Tours: What does it take to walk the Camino? 

Beth: Here’s the thing: I’m not some exceptional, risk-taking, super-fit person. I’m a professional writer and editor who prefers the comfort and safety of my couch and a good book. I’m not an athlete. I’m not a world traveler. I’m not a backpacker. I didn’t speak any French when we set out, and my Spanish was atrocious. (It still is.) But walking the Way doesn’t require any out-of-the-ordinary talent. It just takes a willingness to take a break from the routines of everyday life, and an openness to the unexpected.

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Hillwalk Tours: Is the book the only way you are sharing your story?

Beth: Sharing that message and exploring the many stories of the Camino, has been my passion for the past three years. In addition to the book, I share Camino tips, stories, photos, and news at https://caminotimestwo.com/ and I speak regularly to groups interested in walking the Camino.

Statue facing towards Santiago on the Camino de Santiago

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