On the cusp of turning 50, and still rebounding from a dramatic and near-fatal tumble off a bridge, Amit Janco embarked on a walk across Spain, heading not only towards the end of the earth--but, hopefully, to regain a body freed of chronic pain. After the first week's happy adventure with a mutt in tow and two donkeys hauling her belongings, all hopes of a peaceful promenade dissolved when Amit's new schlepping companion gave her the cold shoulder.
With the company of a revolving cast of pilgrims and animals, Amit grappled with a sitting disability, ditched her hiking boots in favor of sandals, crossed paths with quirky characters, and discovered a human species unique to the Camino; the people she came to call Stagers. She developed an obsession with wild blackberries, fended off snoring pilgrims and was haunted by the story of a father who walked in mourning over his murdered daughter.
Desperate to distance herself from a dysfunctional tree-hugging pilgrim who had volunteered to carry her gear--but instead wreaked havoc on her serenity--Amit found herself unexpectedly wading through an interior landscape riddled with loose threads and long-buried secrets. But, thanks to the solace of nature, coupled with the comic relief and spiritual sustenance offered by a German social worker--who wove in and out of Amit's weeks'-long hike--her burden was ultimately lightened.
(Un)Bound, Together: A Journey to the End of the Earth (and Beyond) is a testament to healing as a continual process along a path of unpredictable hurdles and revelations.
About the Author
A lawyer by training, Amit Janco is a writer, artist, serial walker and yoga practitioner. She has also been a media producer, teacher, and public investigator, tracking down missing heirs around the globe. Amit has contributed to Travel + Leisure, Journeywoman and Inspired Bali. She has trekked in the Himalayas, ridden horseback through the Mongolian steppe, and floated in the Dead Sea. After surviving a precipitous and devastating drop from a bridge in Cambodia, she discovered resilience and the benefits of an 'upright' life-including improved posture and a heightened search for truth. Amit blogs at healingpilgrim.com and dabbles in social-mediaesque pursuits @amitjanco. (Un)Bound, Together is her first book. amitjanco.com