Xavier Eguiguren

Biography: Xavier Eguiguren, born in Clemont Ferrand (France), in 1969, the son of Spanish emigrants. In 1978, he returned to Spain, specifically to the city of Valladolid, where he lived until 1989, at which time he joined the Civil Guard Corps.

It highlights the first destination, in Barcelona, followed by places like Eibar, and San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa), these last locations of absolute hostility and chronologically immersed in a bloody stage of the ETA terrorist band. Outline among their destinations other trouble spots such as the Arosa Estuary (A Coruña), Madrid, etc ...

During his stay in Asturias as an agent of the Civil Guard, he has dealt with the protection and safety of victims of gender violence.

He publishes articles on gender violence and bullying in magazines such as, Letras de Parnaso — Cartagena, Mandragora — Chile, on the official website of UNEE (National Union of Writers of Spain); in Atlantica XXII (Thought Magazine).

He has participated as a collaborator in the Radio Television of the Principality of Asturias, in the space "Not one less", addressing real cases of violence against women and children. He has participated in the radio space "Caminos", Asturias X2 program on Radio Television of the Principality of Asturias, together with the historian Álvaro Solano, traveling through history, mythology and literature on the Camino de Santiago Primitivo.

Author of texts on violence, with the titles: "162 orphans" and "School bullying"; works with which he has participated in two editions of the collection: Something to say - Ateneo Blasco Ibáñez de Valencia.

He currently resides in the city of Oviedo. He studies Language and Literature at the National University of Distance Education.

He publishes his first literary work in 2016, entitled «Hell, heaven and earth a green suit»; addresses small remnants of the life of a Benemérita agent and her northern syndrome.

It is part of a project of name, "Educating in Equal Justice" in Asturias, made up of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, together with which it makes presentations at different secondary schools on gender violence. He is part of "Writers for Human Rights" of the Ateneo Blasco Ibáñez in Valencia, he is a delegate of that entity in Asturias.

He has published on travel, the roads of Santiago, terrorism, in the El Monárquico newspaper, Liter Nauta magazine, La Alcazaba, in the Visítame Magazine - New York magazine and in the Long Island daily newspaper - New York. Collaborator in the daily newspaper Oriente and in the newspaper La Nueva España - Asturias. Integrated as coordinator for the European continent of a prestigious International Meeting of Ibero-American Writers in Paris. Delegate of the union of writers of Spain in Asturias; correspondent and columnist for the prestigious magazine Enki - Mallorca in Asturias; columnist in El Pitazo - Venezuela (Newspaper awarded with the Ortega y Gasset Prize 2019, and Gabo Prize 2019).

He publishes his second literary work dated February 2018 with the name "730000 steps on the roads of Santiago", thoughts, landscapes, myths, legends and historical reviews that the author himself finds on the roads of primitive and Portuguese Santiago.

He publishes a third book with the publisher Babidi bú: Dad, count my drawings !, a project used and advised by both national and international teachers for the values it carries. Currently, Dad count my drawings! It is found in national schools in: Asturias, Galicia, Cantabria, Madrid, Aragon, Murcia, Mallorca, Castilla y León; and international in Paris and Panama.

Corresponding Academic Investido of the «International Academy of Sciences, Technology and Humanities» of Valencia, on November 9, 2019.

Camino de Santiago de la Costa

The Camino de Santiago de la Costa is similar in antiquity with the French Way; used by pilgrims from the ports of Northern Europe. The walkers disembark at the docks of the towns that populated the coast of the Cantabrian Sea, to make a pilgrimage to Santiago.


We will enter the lands of northern Spain, we will walk parallel to the coast of Asturias; coast and interior of Galicia, to the very tomb of Santiago el Mayor in Compostela.


Stage I: The bridge: From Bustio to Llanes


I was dying to get back on the road. Looking for a dreamed place, I have found a beginning on the coast to be shipwrecked, and the end of the path where I can give thanks.


I have braided my body to a metal lattice; a strong structure with a heart that beats to the rhythm of the walk of light baggage pilgrims.


Step by step the path is made, and at this specific point a unique and eternal image is outlined on the retina, but not just any one, but this iron bridge that welds the Cantabrian and Asturian shores. This piece of land that the walker treads right now is bathed with the waters of the river Deva.

See, the metal frame is literally thrown across the shore, to a place called Bustio. A beautiful enclave and starting point of the Camino de Santiago from the coast through Asturian lands.


Do you want to walk with me, reader? Yes? Well, close your eyes and become the spectator of my thoughts: imagine that summer is eternal; that some seagulls whistle without melancholy. Quiet are three of those pilgrim sea birds, leaning on one of the cyclopean feet of our bridge, yes, the one that is a witness to the Cantabrian marriage Astur. He dreams that the feet of the sun walk through the sky and fall on the façade of a palace from 1925, named Villa Delfina, in Bustio,


Holy Virgin !, the inclined name plane leans. Another pilgrim's backpack touches the blue of the sky and, once again, the shining sun shows us the way to the anteroom of the quintessential Indian village, specifically to the Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.


Steadily we find ourselves in front of the church of Santa María de Colombres; structure rehabilitated in the s. XIX; in its entrails is my static body, breathing very deeply.


Each step is ash, a second passes and it no longer exists. Only the old blunt-edged stones that make up the medieval Campo bridge over the Cabra river in La Franca ask for you. Traumatic desolation the systematic forgetfulness of millions of pilgrims without names.


Places like Buelna and the Conde del Valle house. The church of Santa Maria. Pendueles, Vidiago. Come on! Keep walking, I know you are tired but at the same time strengthened. Puertas de Vidiago, the Neolithic engravings on the idol of Peña Tu, the human being as sublime as his dagger. Listen to the silence.


San Roque del Acebal and the Church of San Roque. A leper colony named San Lázaro de Cañamal was located in the immediate vicinity, and in that place in the middle of the Middle Ages this happened: “The pustules and the incipient destruction of the body in the form of sores that overlapped each other until the absolute annihilation became lighter, that it was already a little less absolute ”.


A Lazarist knight cared for the lepers; a hospitalero to the pilgrim. Ultreia I tell them and they both answer me at the same time, Suseia.


How beautiful the port of Llanes!

Xavier Eguiguren


Correspondent in Europe for “Visítame Magazine”.

Xavier Eguiguren

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