Office & Mailing Address


Kaufman Hall 216

Dept. of Modern Languages

University of Oklahoma

780 Van Vleet Oval

Norman, OK 73069

Camino de Santiago

Last Updated: May 2019

The Camino de Santiago is the ultimate visual feast for professional medievalist and hiker alike. I hiked most of the Camino Frances with my wife, Dianna, in June 2015 and hiked the rest of the French Way on my own in July and August 2016.

I gave a talk on the Camino in the Norman, Oklahoma West-side library in December 2016 at 6:15 P.M. as part of the medieval lecture series for the general public that I my colleague from the OU English department, Joyce Coleman, have been running monthly for the last ten years with the OU Medieval Fair coordinator, Ann Marie Eckart (  The talk was only just slightly academic (i.e. about the medieval artistic marvels along the way) but mostly travelogue, with comments about the kind of people one meets, where one stays, and with tips about what one wants to think about if planning a trip on a historic medieval pilgrimnage route. Below our some pictures from my cultural pilgrimage on the Camino. (P.S. There is a Camino packing list below, at bottom.) [Picture above, right is on a country road in Galicia in North-West Spain. Galicia looks like Ireland, but with mountains!

I will defintely be doing the Camino again sometime soon--perhaps in Summer 2020 or 2011--and envision that next time I will walk the Northern Camino route. 

This man and his little dog invited us into his house for a nice cold cerveza.

Top of the World:

Ocebreira, Galicia at sunrise

Joe's Camino Packing list 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [40.2 KB]