Lessons Learned on the Camino de Santiago

Finisterre, the end.

Toward the end of my post a couple of weeks back on how the Camino changed my life, I got thinking about lessons I learned while walking the Camino Frances.  The following are some thoughts on lessons I think I

Posted in Camino Thoughts

Inspiration to Walk the Camino de Santiago

camino-route

The forum was an amazing resource for me when researching the Camino de Santiago. I did the full Camino de Santiago Frances as well as the Del Norte last year with my guitar. In May of this year I did

Posted in Camino Thoughts

How Walking the Camino de Santiago changed my Life

Hospital de San Nicolas

I first walked the Camino de Santiago in 2004 on the Camino Frances route.  I found it quite difficult back then to find information before I went so I had little idea what lay ahead.  In hindsight that was maybe

Posted in Camino Thoughts

What is Food Like on the Camino de Santiago

tortilla

Yes, what about food? A question which had not occurred to me before going to Spain and France to start my first Camino. I have had the pleasure of traveling in Spain and France on numerous occasions before and I

Posted in FAQs

Is It Safe Walking the Camino de Santiago Alone?

Camino de Santiago shell arrow

One of the most common questions I am asked – is it safe to walk the Camino de Santiago alone?  My opinion is yes, it is safe, I would think safer than many local walking routes in most countries; safer

Posted in Camino Thoughts

First Fears at St Jean Pied de Port

St Jean Pied de Port Train Station

This is the view that most pilgrims first get of St Jean Pied de Port as they get off the train. I remember it quite clearly, I was wondering what was ahead of me. I had not read much about

Posted in Camino Thoughts

Why I am Hiking the Camino Frances Again

camino-frances

Hello Camino friends I was recently reading the Camino Forums and felt inspired to write a little about my pilgrimage down the Camino Francis and why I chose to hike it again the next year, before I had even finished

Posted in Camino Articles

What About Medical Help?

caminoblister

For all those that reside within the twenty seven counties of the EU taking the E111 card is a must, the card is also known as the European Health Card.  This is issued from your own country and entitles the

Posted in FAQs

Buen Camino! by Natasha & Peter Murtagh – Book Review

Buen Camino! Book Review

If you are looking to get a very good impression of the Camino Frances or bring back some of the memories from your own journey you can’t go wrong with this book.  I found myself unable to put the book

Posted in Books

Blisters, Bedbugs and Backaches – Finding Clarity on the Camino

Pilgrims in Fiesta

In May 2012, I clicked SEND and put in play a turn of events and a journey that would change my life forever. In my sixth decade and in good health, I knew this was the time. With that SEND

Posted in Camino Articles

The Days before arriving at Santiago de Compostela

camino-route

It’s easy to find out how to start off on the trek along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are lots of inspiring pictures showing happy pilgrims making those final steps toward the Cathedral’s double stairway

Posted in Camino Articles

Getting Walking Fit for the Camino

The last time I was fit was towards the end of the Camino Frances.

How fit do I have to be to walk the Camino de Santiago?  This is one of the questions I am most asked.  The answer to this has a lot to do with other issues. How long do you want

Posted in Camino Articles

Did you lose weight on the Camino?

leslie in albergue

I lost about 8kgs, that is about 18lbs over a four week period. So yes I did lose a lot of weight on the Camino. However this was never one of my intentions. I did not set out on the

Posted in FAQs

Reasons to Walk the Camino de Santiago

Pyrenees 19 guidepost

You have to be fairly motivated to walk the Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain – as it is 800km.  Usually 800km with your rucksack on your

Posted in Camino Thoughts

Camino Pilgrims Should Be ‘Entrepreneurial’

happy pilgrim

“You want to be as entrepreneurial as possible,” I advise aspiring pilgrims. And I often get quizzical looks with this advice. Entrepreneurial? What in the world is he talking about? Let me say right away that this has absolutely nothing

Posted in Camino Thoughts

Ruta de la Plata, A Very Rough Guide

Oseira monastery

Many are aware that the Camino de Santiago is an ancient Christian pilgrims route with Santiago de Compostela as its final destination.  What most folk don’t realise until they’ve been and walked the Way, is that it’s only one of

Posted in Camino Articles

Buen Camino‏ to the Camino Frances

The hotel attendant walked me down a very long, wide, immense stone hallway and showed me to my room. It was just what I needed! A small, cell-like room with a small bed, nightstand with no lamp, simple desk with a simple chair, high

Posted in Camino Thoughts

Camino de Santiago is A Journey For the Masses

The Camino Frances

“But I don’t think I can walk that far.” “You can,” I protest. “The Camino is completely different from the Appalachian Trail.” “How so?” This is a sample conversation that I have had with countless potential pilgrims. Believe it or

Posted in Books

The Compostela Trail in Brittany

St Jacques

Brittany formed an important stage on the journey to Compostela for medieval pilgrims travelling from Ireland and southern England or even further afield. The main points of entry were Le Conquet on the Atlantic coast in the west, and on

Posted in Camino Articles

I Walked the Camino de Santiago as a Vegan and you can too

This year in May and June, (2012), I walked along with my husband, the Camino de Santiago as a vegan as well as sugar and gluten free. I spent a good amount of time before leaving on the internet looking

Posted in FAQs

Walking in the Microclimates of Spain

cazorla-rob-2011-136

When someone says, “Spain”, the typical images that comes to mind for a lot of people is of sun, beaches and bullfighting. The more adventurous, of course, know that Spain has so much more to offer. Especially in terms of

Posted in Camino Thoughts

Back at my Desk After Walking Le Puy to Conques

Conques France

We finished our short walk on the Le Puy Camino, Chemin de Saint Jacques, last Sunday evening – I was glad to get into Conques as my feet had been killing me the whole way.  This is not a route

Posted in Camino Thoughts

A Sense of Community on the Appalachian Trail and Camino de Santiago

Roncesvalles 06 albergue 06 shoes

“Hey man, is there any way you can come hike with me on the Appalachian Trail?” I anxiously asked all my close friends. “No, I’ve gotta’ work,” was the response I invariably received. “Well, how bout’ just going for a

Posted in Camino Articles

A New Camino Route in Italy

In 2010 a new Camino to Santiago has been restored and marked with 1000 stickers in Italy by the small association “Amici del cammino di Santiago da Venezia”. The idea was to give the same spirit as on the camino de Santiago .

Posted in Camino Articles

Oveido to Santiago de Compostela

Oveido to Santiago

Stage Five: Primatevo Oveido to Santiago, May 2nd to May 14th We were flying by now. Yes out feet still hurt and at the end of the longest day of the whole trip (41km, a choice so I didn’t have

Posted in Camino Articles

Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye then Hondarribia to Oveido

Oveido

Stage Three: GR 10 Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye April 5th to April 10th This section wasn’t strictly the Compostela/ Camino. One of our hosts who only allowed you to stay if you carried your pack the whole

Posted in Camino Articles

Le Puy to Saint Jean Pied de Port

Aubrac, France

Stage Two: Chemin de St Jacques Le Puy to Saint Jean Pied de Port, March 4th to April 4th This section took us to the wind swept plains of the Aubrac. Cold, I got frost bite of my nose which

Posted in Camino Thoughts

Cluny to Le Puy on the Chemin de St Jacques

Le Puy

Stage One: Chemin de St Jacques Cluny to Le Puy, February 17th to March 3rd It seemed we were destined to walk the Camino. Well, in retrospect. I had six months long service leave and we had a house in France.

Posted in Camino Articles

Walking into Santiago de Compostela

I walked into Santiago de Compostela, the same way that thousands of pilgrims have done before me. The biggest surprise was being there so quickly on the day I arrived. We walked through Monte del Gozo, only stopping for lunch,

Posted in Camino Thoughts

What is the Best Time to Walk the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago in the Winter

This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently, what is the best time to walk.  In many ways they are all good for different reasons, and yes I know that is a bit oblique – so I

Posted in FAQs

How to Choose Waterproofs

The Basic Principles of Layering Layering your clothing is a tried-and-tested way to ensure your comfort in the outdoors. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and

Posted in Outdoor Gear

How to Choose a Rucksack

Rucksacks come in many different shapes and sizes. Each rucksack is specific to a certain activity or pursuit. When looking for a rucksack there are four vital points to consider before you purchase: 1. You need to decide what activity

Posted in Outdoor Gear

How to Choose the Best Walking Boots

It’s important to have the right footwear for your level of hiking, more so if you are going on a walking holiday. Different styles are more suitable for different levels than others. For instance, if you enjoy light hiking or

Posted in Outdoor Gear

Preparing for the Camino Frances

After quite a few years it looks like I am going to have the time this year to go back and walk a reasonable part of the Camino Frances.  The last time I walked was in 2005, I had also

Posted in FAQs

Rabanal del Camino, Spain

Field Report from Rabanal del Camino, Spain Wednesday, June 9, 2010 The four of us (Bob, Rowena, Chard and me) have now completed more than half our tour of duty here in Rabanal.  We are scheduled for departure one week

Posted in Camino Thoughts

How Much Does A Pilgrims Passport Cost

A pilgrims passport is the identification that is used along the various Caminos to prove that you are a pilgrim and that you have walked and stayed in the places along the way.  It is just a simple card with

Posted in FAQs

Celebrate Your Retirement – Walk The Camino!

This is a guest post from Des O’Dowd, thanks. I retired on the 1st of September 2008 and I wanted to celebrate my new life and new freedom. The Camino de Santiago was the challenge and adventure I needed. So

Posted in Camino Articles

The Road to Santiago

As I sat on the rustic Spanish bench alongside the Camino trail, I looked down at my two bruised and blue big toenails, free at last to wiggle in fresh mountain air from the containment of my Vasque hiking boots.

Posted in Camino Articles

The Charlemagne Chess Set

Charlemagne chess set

Charlemagne was King of the Franks and the first Holy Roman Emperor. Born in 742 AD, he was a medieval king renowned for his accomplishments and charisma. For forty-seven years, King Charlemagne ruled most of western and central Europe. Although

Posted in Camino Thoughts

How to get to Fromista

I was out hill walking at the weekend and got talking with someone who has been walking the Camino Frances one week at a time.  She was telling me that they are due to start again in September sometime, they

Posted in FAQs

Santiago Cathedral Botafumeiro

The video below shows the Botafumeiro in action during one of the pilgrims masses. The Santiago de Compostela Botafumeiro is the largest censer in the world, weighing 80 kg and measuring 1.60 m in height. It is normally on exhibition

Posted in Camino Videos

Hooked on the Camino

I wonder if there if something that for many of us we do not get from our daily life.  I have met and talked to many people who have walked the Camino Frances more than once.  Walking the Camino Frances

Posted in Camino Thoughts

Cycling the Camino Frances

This is one of the best Camino videos I have seen, although I have not cycled the Camino Frances I would love to and as life has become busier it seems like this mode of travel will be used on

Posted in Camino Thoughts

What is a Usual Day Like on the Camino?

My usual day on the Camino de Santiago started somewhere around 6am. I had been a student right before traveling the first time on the Camino and would have though I was doing well if I was awake before 9am.

Posted in FAQs

How much did you spend?

This divides into two sections, travelling to and from your start and finish points on the Camino and your daily expenses. Getting there requires a little planning, the most common start points of St Jean Pied de Port or Pamplona

Posted in FAQs

Where Can I Get a Pilgrims Passport?

You can get it before you leave, if you have a confraternity in your country.  Check the links page for confraternities, all that have asked are listed.  For example if you live in the UK you can join the Confraternity

Posted in FAQs

How fit do you have to be?

I think I am a terrible example in this area.  I walked once for about 3 hours with a rucksack to see how I would be walking before going to Spain.  However I did have some hill walking experience, though

Posted in FAQs

Dara Haskins

Dara Haskins was my friend. He died, on the 18th Aug 2005 aged just 30, while I was walking the Camino in 2005. It was due to him that I found out about the Camino. He used to go on

Posted in Camino Articles

Camino Poem

by Syl Nilsen El Camino de Santiago We trained for months to walk the trail Got all the guide books in the mail We knew that we would never fail el Camino de Santiago. We caught the bus on our

Posted in Camino Articles

Westward, to the World’s End

Westward, to the world’s end In the first of a series on great walking holidays, Kevin Jacobs follows the legendary Camino de Santiago in Spain We have come to the end of the world, my shadow, my backpack, my blisters

Posted in FAQs
0 Flares Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Twitter 0 StumbleUpon 0 Email 0 0 Flares ×