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"Walking the Camino": Would You Hike 500 Miles for a Miracle? 

Wednesday, Dec 4 2013
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You may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's peanuts compared to the distance traveled by the subjects of Lydia B. Smith's documentary: 500 miles westerly across Spain, on foot, to Santiago de Compostela. The people who come from all over the world to walk this walk are given the highfalutin appellation of "pilgrims," and some do for it for expressly religious reasons, others to clear their heads, and some just because it's there. (And at least one 3-year-old does it because his mother brought him — and his pram, thankfully.) The Spanish locales are beautiful, even if the entire 500 miles probably aren't all as bucolic as the movie suggests, and there's probably far more people at any given time than we're shown. Walking the Camino doesn't make the trek look easy; a fair amount of time is spent on the physical toll from so much hoofing, and we're treated to an icky close-up of a blister getting punctured and drained within the first few minutes. But by the end, you're likely to not just understand why people do it, but to consider giving it a shot yourself — or maybe to get up and take a stroll around the block, just for starters.

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