Makiri Sei & her mother, from Japan, completed the last 100 km of the Portuguese Way
We are delighted to be back with theÂ #CaminotalesÂ section, stories about international pilgrims who decided to walk the Camino de Santiago. And this is the first one about theÂ Portuguese Way! Makiri Sei and her mother, two ladies from Japan, walked from Tui to Santiago, the last 100 km of this lovely route. Let’s learn a bit more about their experience.
-When did you decide to walk the Camino de Santiago?
My mom read about the Camino 14 years ago in a Catholic magazine and had always wanted to go. We had to wait for 13 years because of illness in the family and we could not find good information at first.
We did not know where to begin the Camino, or how to begin. We finally walked last year.
-What were your motivations to walk the Camino?
Mom wanted to do the pilgrimage for a religious reason. I love traveling and can speak a little Spanish. I was the most eager to be her companion in the family.
-Did you train before the walk?
I did not; mom trained by carrying a daypack during her daily walk.
-Any memorable anecdote on the way?
-Best and worst part of the experience?
The camino itself. I did not want it to end. Although I like to travel abroad, I always feel out of place/foreign while I am traveling.