Camino de Santiago Trail
A self-employed occupational and preventive medicine physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, concurrently serves as secretary/treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. William D. Jones, MD, is planning to complete the famous Camino de Santiago hike in Spain.
Far more than an ordinary hike, the Camino de Santiago began in the Middle Ages as a path worn by pilgrims on their way to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, the legendary resting place of martyred Christian saint James the Great. The Christians who have completed this trek look forward to a shorter time in purgatory during the afterlife.
Although some continue to walk the Camino de Santiago for this specific reason, far more are on the path for enjoyment and the rich experience it offers. Because Santiago de Compostela originally drew pilgrims from throughout Europe, it ultimately consists of multiple routes. Its principal paths were lost to historians until a couple of decades ago, when a wealth of information on the Camino de Santiago was published, thus sparking international interest.
Camino de Santiago Trail
Serving the needs of occupational health patients, William D. Jones, MD, maintains an established Oklahoma City, OK, practice. Having traveled extensively, William D. Jones, MD, had the opportunity to traverse the Camino de Santiago this summer. The ancient pilgrimage route stretches from southern France near the Spanish border to the medieval Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
The beginning point of the trail is located in traditional Basque country, which has a unique cultural character and language that is distinct from both French and Spanish. Highlights of the area include Albaola in Pasai San Pedro, which is the site of a historic shipbuilding center. The working museum currently features artisans crafting a 16th century era whaling ship, employing labor-intensive shipbuilding techniques of the era.
Basque country is also a particularly biodiverse area that harbors the wetlands of Urdaibai, which are set aside as a Biosphere Reserve and provide species, such as spoonbills, urasian bittern, and fish eagles, with a critical habitat on the Iberian Peninsula.
Those in search of the historical roots of the region can explore the Monastery of Zenarruza, which is a thousand year old national monument at the the base of Mount Oiz. This steep stretch of the Camino de Santiago is one of those made up of “original road,” or cobblestones that have settled unevenly over time and are challenging to traverse.
Camino de Santiago Trail
A resident of Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, specializes in occupational and preventive medicine, and is the secretary and treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Aside from his professional duties, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys fitness and travel, both locally and outside of OK. Dr. Jones plans to travel to Spain to hike the Camino de Santiago trail during the summer season.
The Camino de Santiago trail is an ancient Catholic pilgrimage now traveled by thousands of people each year on foot, horseback, and bike. There are several route options to choose along the Camino de Santiago, with some of the main ones including the Camino Frances (which starts in St. Jean Pied-du-Port and provides a variety of scenery) and Camino del Norte (which runs along the North Coast of Spain). Also popular, the Camino Portugués starts in Lisbon, goes through Northern Portugal, and is relatively flat compared to some of the other routes.
Most of the Camino de Santiago trail consists of well-maintained tracks or pavement, which makes it easy for travelers with little backpacking experience. Plentiful infrastructure along the trail also provides hikers with numerous options to stay overnight, thus eliminating the need to plan every detail of the hike. Upon completing 62 miles or more of the hike, travelers receive either a certificate of completion or a pilgrim certificate (if it was completed for religious reasons by a Catholic believer).
William D. Jones, MD, is an Oklahoma City, OK, physician who provides personalized occupational and preventive medical care. Passionate about travel, OK resident William D. Jones, MD, has traveled extensively across Africa and the Middle East, and recently had the opportunity to experience India and Nepal.
A mountainous country often impacted by earthquakes and flooding, Nepal offers a host of historic sites that make a visit culturally rewarding. As reported by National Geographic, the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in April of 2015 had a devastating impact beyond loss of life that included the collapse of the nearly two centuries old, nine-story Dharahara Tower, a watchtower which dominated Kathmandu’s skyline. Also impacted was the 16th century Hanuman Dhoka, the city’s oldest palace on Durbar Square, as well as a number of historic temple pagodas.
Despite these significant cultural losses, many more historical sites worth visiting survived the earthquake in a small country that boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites. Among these was the Boudhanath Temple, which features a resilient stupa, or mound for sacred relics, built in the fifth-century. Nepal’s oldest Hindu site, the Pashupatinath Temple, not only survived the temblor but was used in performing last rites for many victims of the earthquake.
A medical doctor based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD received his medical training from Brown University. He completed his residency training in OK and currently concentrates on occupational and preventive medicine. William D. Jones, MD has lived in France twice and is fluent in French, having studied the language from the 8th grade through his senior year in college.
French is one of the top ten most spoken languages in the world, hence it is one of the top priorities when it comes to learning another language. For native English speakers, French is one of the easier languages to learn due to its Latin base and its many vocabulary intersections with the English language.
However, learning French comes with its fair share of challenges. One of the greatest hurdles French language learners encounter is the use of gender. French words have masculine and feminine forms, which is different than English use. Moreover, there is no easy rule that covers word gender, so the learner must make an effort to remember if a particular word is masculine or feminine and be cognitively aware of it before saying it. The more that it is practiced, the easier it will be to master it.
William D. Jones MD, practices medicine in Oklahoma City, OK. A lover of travel, William D. Jones, MD has traveled to many countries including Nepal. Here are some quick facts about Nepal:
Nepal is a landlocked country located in South Asia. It borders China to the north and India to the south, east, and west.
With a population of 27 million, the country is the 41st most populous nation in the world.
There are 125 different ethnic groups in the country. The official language of Nepal is Nepali, which is spoken by up to 44.6% of the population.
The dominant religion practiced is Hindu, being subscribed to by 81% of the population.
Nepal’s calendar is 57 years, eight and a half months ahead, meaning the country is currently in the year 2071. They celebrate their New Year in mid-April.
Nepal has the world’s most dense population of historical sites.
The country is three-quarters covered by mountains. Eight of the world’s top ten highest mountains are found in the region, including Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
Based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, provides patients with occupational health care and serves as a Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court independent medical examiner. Having studied Spanish in college, William D. Jones, MD, has traveled to several countries throughout South America, including Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay.
A small country located between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay features a number of sights of historic and cultural interest. Colonia del Sacramento sits strategically on the De La Plata River and is the second oldest city in the country. Vital for trade, the city emerged as a commercial force in the 18th century and was contested by Portugal and Spain throughout much of the colonial era. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city offers a unique blend of architectural styles to match its contested history.
Another area with pending World Heritage status is Chamangá, which is situated in the Flores province in the country’s southwest. The region has numerous granite formations that contain more than 40 rock paintings, some of which date back more than 2,000 years. These pictographs provide an essential glimpse of the indigenous cultures that inhabited the country prior to colonization.
Another destination of interest to those exploring Uruguay’s past is Ciudad Vieja, the “old city” district of Montevideo, which features a combination of the traditional and modern.
A diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, William D. Jones, MD, runs an occupational and preventive medicine practice in Oklahoma City, OK. Away from seeing patients at his OK office, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys visiting other countries. He most recently visited Nepal.
Nepal offers a wide variety of attractions, including those detailed below.
– A satisfying stop for travelers interested in viewing Nepal’s wildlife, Chitwan National Park is home to everything from sloth bears and leopards to freshwater dolphins and over 500 types of birds. The park offers different safaris to visitors, often on the backs of elephants, and maintains a few lodges on the grounds.
– One of Nepal’s Royal Cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur enables visitors to experience the ancient beauty of the country. The well-preserved city is home to a number of wood carvings and void of traffic. Additionally, Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is surrounded by temples and a royal palace.
– Located west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is Nepal’s second-largest city. The air in Pokhara is cleaner than the country’s capital, and visitors can enjoy a variety of activities. The lake is lined with restaurants and shops. Visitors also can bike to the nearby mountains or spend some time on the water.