Walking has been the constant in Ailsa Piper's life. Setting down one foot after the other takes her to a transformative-and transcendent-place. Faced with the untimely death of her husband, Peter, her true north, Ailsa returns to the Camino trail, this time in France, to walk through her sorrow. This updated edition includes the story of a walk where the burden is grief, not the sins of others.
Sinning Across Spain was inspired by the tradition of medieval walkers who were paid by others to carry their sins to holy places. Ailsa's cargo included anger, envy, pride and lust. She hiked alone through the endless olive groves of the Camino Mozarabe, from the legendary southern city of Granada toward the centuries-old pilgrim destination, Santiago de Compostela, in the far north-west of Spain. In dusty pueblos and epic landscapes, miracles found her. Angels in both name and nature eased her path.
Ailsa's second pilgrimage is born of grief and death but ultimately sees her walking into life and hope.