Dee Nolan: A Food Lover's Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Slow food and slow travel on the pilgrim’s path

Paul Genoni

 

A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
by Dee Nolan (photography by Earl Carter)
Lantern, $100 hb, 420 pp, 9781920989910

 

In 2010, some 272,461 pilgrims received a Compostela (a certificate of completion) upon reaching the city of Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. The great majority of these had arrived by walking, having covered at least one hundred kilometres on foot in order to qualify. Most, however, had travelled considerably further, using the network of medieval pilgrim routes that cobweb across southern Europe to this remote city. The number receiving a Compostela substantially understates the pilgrim traffic on these paths; many walk sections of the routes without reaching Santiago and claiming their credential.

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Paul Genoni

Paul Genoni

Paul Genoni is an Associate Professor with the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. He is a former President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and with Tanya Dalziell is the author of Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964 (Monash University Publishing, 2018).

Published in May 2011 no. 331

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