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As a pilgrim you are never quite sure what world you are in You left behind the life you lived before and it is done with you are in a strange time a time when all you have to do is walk Dates become meaningless a day is merely the passing of the sun from one hand to the other from behind you to in front of you A pilgrim has given up reading the papers a pilgrim has given up doing work a pilgrim is just one big foot marching from one place to another one great yearning for the end Theres a strange sort of feel to a pilgrimage Although you are living entirely in the present its not the present that matters what matters is the distant goal even the distance itself My goal was to reach the Chartres Reims and Notre Dame cathedrals I lived near the sea in a city called Poitiers which was relatively far from this destination It would take several weeks if not months to complete this journey Some of my friends had already been on pilgrimages or religious journeys but this would be my first I wasnt looking forward to the walking but reaching the cathedrals and seeing them for myself I had heard a lot about the newly built cathedrals and how enormous they were I could hardly wait to see them I was going on this trip with my mom dad and younger brother Sean We as a family were going with a larger group of people who took this trip every year It had taken us a long time to prepare and pack all the things we needed Before we left my parents told Sean and I this pilgrimage would be a way for us to show our religious devotion and help us reach everlasting life It was very exciting when we finally set out on our journey Soon after days came and
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