Traditionally pilgrims used to get a scallop shell and attach it to their bundle of worldly possessions as they headed home from Santiago. A burgeoning tourist trade means you can purchase shells all the way along the Camino now, and it has become common for pilgrims to dangle a shell off their pack as they walk TO Santiago (and let’s face it, precious few pilgrims walk home again these days – in fact, having walked over 800km, most don’t even walk the 10km to the airport, but take the bus instead!)
I embroidered a shell for our first Camino.

And when we were out on our most memorable training walk Levi found a pile of scallop shells in the bushes. He requisitioned enough for us all.



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