Following your feet

One step at a time

My name is Steven Bloom. I started this blog when I was about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, visiting 88 temples on the island of Shikoku in Japan. It was fantastic, so in 2019 I went back and followed several of the beautiful Kumano Kodo routes on the Kii Peninsula.

During the Corona years I walked 1200km through Denmark following the Danish Pilgrimage, before walking various paths in Portugal and Spain in 2023.

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Latest adventures

Latest posts

Ribadeo to A Coruna – Conclusion and Hotel list June 5, 2024 My overall conclusion is that this is a fabulous walk. This is the ultimate alternative route on the Camino del Norte, staying on the coast after Ribadeo and joining the Camino Ingles in Ferrol for those wishing to walk to Santiago. The views are spectacular, the signage excellent, at least whilst still on the Ruta… Read more >
Day 23: Pontedeume to A Coruna May 10, 2024 My last day before flying home and the day I missed a turn and walked almost 2 kilometers before realising and having to walk back. Typical on my last day and typical on the hottest day so far. I slept well, and went to one of the four bars in the town square to eat… Read more >
Day 22: Valdovino to Pontedeume May 9, 2024 My legs were tired as I walked to the bar for breakfast, not a great sign with ca. 35km to walk, for the most part along roads passing through Ferrol, before joining the Camino Ingles and meeting other walkers. I left at around 9am, after the customary, coffee, toast and juice breakfast. It was pretty… Read more >
Day 21: San Andres de Teixdo to Valdovino May 8, 2024 For the very last time on this trip, I'm writing this waiting for my clothes to be washed and dried. It's ca. 6pm, and I haven’t even reached this evenings hotel. Last night at the excellent Casa Rural in San Andres, I slept badly. No idea why, it was an excellent bed and it was… Read more >
Day 20: Ortigueira to San Andres de Teixdo May 7, 2024 Legend has it, that if you don't visit the church at San Andres de Teixdo whilst alive, you will eventually do so after your death, as a tormented soul or as a reptile or insect. I didn't want to take any chances so here I am, after passing the highest point of my walk to… Read more >
Day 19: O Vicedo to Ortigueira May 6, 2024 A day of two walking parts. A morning where I covered 20km in some of the most beautiful nature one can find (even more spectacular than the previous days if at all possible) and an afternoon where, after a very heavy lunch, I covered 12km of not so exciting road walking. I have read that… Read more >

My walking adventures

Following your feet



Temples and Shrines

Vajra and Ema, Tori gates and Shitenno, Jizo and Omikuji. There's a lot to learn about Japanese Temples and Shrines. Read some of the things I've learnt when in Japan, many that I'd wished I'd known the first time I visited.


Japan is just different

Plastic food, white gloves, love of trains, pachinoko, toilets, manholes, social distance and futons. Japan is just different in so many different ways. Read about some of the differences I've experienced in Japan during my visits.

About me

That I was just following my feet, was something I often thought about during my pilgrimage to Shikoku, Japan, in 2018. I walked for 38 days, and at times it felt like my feet were walking, and the rest of my body just following.