I am a pilgrim, a wayfarer, an adventurer. I am a sojourner, making my way through lands real and imagined. I travel by multiple mediums. My feet carry me across continents familiar and strange. My imagination soars through the minds and hearts of people who have gone before, ferried by the pages of a book.
I am a reader. I am an explorer. Sometimes, the two combine and I become a pilgrim.
Merriam Webster dictionary defines a pilgrim as “one who journeys in foreign lands”. Traditionally, pilgrims journey towards a sacred, often religious place. One of the most famous pilgrimages in literature is Chaucer’s band of characters telling tales on the road to the cathedral in Canterbury.
I am a lover of pilgrimages. My journeys, however, are literary in nature. In them, I travel to a place that holds bookish significance–the house or grave of a writer, the location of a beloved text, the place that inspired a famous text.
I have undertaken on many of these adventures over the past few years. Often, though, they don’t make it further than a Facebook or Instagram post. In lieu of cabin fever and wanderlust hitting hard, I think it’s time to bring Literary Pilgrimages to my blog. Over the next couple of months, I hope to write a series of posts where I revisit some of my favorite places.
When brainstorming potential posts, I was surprised at how many I was able to come up with. Most of the locations are in Europe, but I have several in America as well.
In the posts to come, I hope to share a bit about the history of each place and it’s connection to the writer, along with a quote or snippet of the writer’s work. Of course, I’ll talk about my experience there and share some photos.
There is no guarantee about how frequently I’ll come up with these posts… but I’d like to have at least three every month.
I’m really excited to share my literary adventures with you! Stay tuned over the next few weeks for my first post. In the meantime, enjoy this photo of me at Walden Pond, not far from Concord, MA. It’s the site of Henry David Thoreau’s famous two-year foray in the woods.