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Geography 2144A/B
L.Graham Smith

Geography 2144G Monday February 24 Week 7 – The Way Film: The Way • Tom’s son has died while walking along the El Camino de Santiago in Spain during a storm • He decides to travel there to bring his son’s body home • Tom was estranged from his son (Daniel) who was completing his doctorate but dropped out of school to travel • When he gets to Spain, Tom decides to walk the El Camino de Santiago himself for Daniel • He isn’t prepared and is advised against it, but decides to do it anyway • When Tom sees a small cross made of sticks at the side of the path, he scatters some of Daniel’s ashes at the base • On the first night, he stays at a hostel, arriving after everyone has already gone to sleep o The woman at the desk tells him that she’s never walked the Camino because that she’s always been too busy, and now that she’s older, she’s too tired • He comes across Joost again (a Dutch man he met in a café), who is also walking the El Camino de Santiago to lose some weight for his brother’s third wedding o They decide to walk together for a stretch • Tom continues leaving his son’s ashes along the path of the Camino on a fence post, at a grave site, some stones, • When he stops for a meal with some Europeans, Tom meets a Canadian named Sarah o Sarah is a smoker and is trying to quit by the end of her pilgrimage o She asks him what he’s running away from and assumes that he still can’t live without technology (laptop, cell phone, i
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