On Roaming to Rome

With all of the coverage surrounding Pope Benedict’s XVI’s resignation over the past few days, I’ve been reminded of a cool conversation I had with a wise young traveler in front of St. Peter’s Basilica last summer.

On a walking pilgrimage from Austria to Rome, Martin Hahn had just arrived with nothing more than the shoes on his feet and the pack on his back when I first saw him, leaning against the Obelisk in St. Peter’s Square.

I was alone at the time, just snapping pictures of all of the breathtaking monuments. After a few moments of internal debate and awkward lingering about, I decided to strike up a conversation. I’m so glad I did. Martin was awesome. His conviction, optimism and clear vision for his future were impressive.

As you’ll see in the video, Martin told me about his journey, the people he’d met along the way, and how to him, a pilgrimage is a lot like life: sometimes you feel like quitting…but you’ve gotta keep on trekkin’.

Have you ever considered going on a pilgrimage? Where would you go?