Happiness Is That Way is the story of Cici Edwards-Jensen and Mike Jensen’s journey on the Camino Via de la Plata. I was fortunate to meet Cici and Mike at the Blue Mountains Camino Reconnect Retreat in May when I was assisting as a ‘hospitalero’. They walked the Camino Via de la Plata for 55 days in 2016 and have written a beautiful book describing both the challenges and happiness they found along the way.

Camino Via de la Plata is regarded as one of the toughest and is not usually the choice for a first time Camino. However Cici felt strongly that this was what she wanted and needed to do and Mike was fully supportive.

They encountered extreme heat for the first half and very heavy rain for the second. As many who are planning their first Camino, they anticipated many uplifting and joyous moments and time for personal reflection. They certainly found these. Often they were very well hidden but therefore all the more valuable.

This was one of the most enjoyable Camino accounts that I have read. It was refreshing to hear of their struggles with self doubt, sore feet, unrelenting heat and rain but also of the love that was evident throughout between Cici and Mike and their newly found Camino families.

Cici and Mike wrote alternating chapters and this provided both contrasting and complementary views of their experience and highlighted the fact that no two Caminos can be the same nor would we want them to be.

Happiness Is That Way will inspire and motivate you to search for the real truth within us all.

Diane Anderson