A couple of years ago, I was waiting for a train at Edinburgh Waverley with some friends. We'd spent the weekend celebrating a friend's birthday at Mar Lodge and had a great time mountain biking, ceilidh-ing, playing snooker in a big room with stag heads on the walls and of course, eating and drinking.
In 2012, I walked the Camino de Santiago—the official symbol of which is the scallop shell, long used by walkers to identify their status as a 'Perigrino', or pilgrim. As a metaphor, the grooves in the shell, which meet at a single point, represent the various routes travelled, eventually arriving at a single destination: the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. More practically, these lines are used as a wayfinding device, guiding one through forest, desert, plain and city. Here are just a few I encountered on 'The Way'.