From May to December, 2014, I traveled around Europe, both as a pilgrimage, tourist, and resident. The journey began in Italy, where I had landed with Bishop Gordon Bennett, SJ, continued on to Spain, France, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Ultimately, I ended up staying in Madrid for three months to write the first draft of my novel. It was completed at the end of October, opening the door to the Camino de Santiago, which I completed before returning to the States for Christmas.