By Jerilyn Izac
I first got the idea to put patches on my backpack from the movie, The Way. A good friend of mine got my first patch, a small, cream colored shell to symbolize my pilgrimage. The next patch that I found was from Avila because it was my favorite city that we visited. I loved walking on the walls and learning the history of the city. I have a lion patch from Leon where we started, an Astorga patch, and a Galicia patch. My favorite patch so far is a map of the Camino de Santiago and some day I hope to walk the whole trail. I have eight patches total and they are all very significant to me. Each one reminds me of a different place but they all revolve around my individual pathway. They can be a struggle to find but I hope to have many more by the end of this trip.