Camino Voices

The tapas was excellent – so good that a restauranteur from a smart part of Bilbao was raving as much as I was as we nibbled plate after plate. I ought to know. I had tried most of the dishes which kept being passed through the hatch every few minutes. The chef behind loved playing with vegetable combinations. One minute it would be her inventive take on the classic tomato spread over toast that had me snapping up several plates

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Walking for Peace

I met Mony, one of the authors of Walking for Peace, at a conference about the Camino de Santiago in October 2015.  I found Mony an engaging person to chat with and discovered during one of our talks that she had written this book. Because of that, I bought and read the book. “Walking for Peace, an inner journey” is co-authored by Mony Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso.  The book is the result of Mony wishing to walk from Rome to

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Getting Walking Fit for the Camino

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 to take? Are you walking the whole way? If you have a lot of time say 40 days or more you don’t need to have good fitness, you can risk getting fit as you walk, this is what most people

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What is the Best Time to Walk the Camino de Santiago

This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently, what is the best time of year to walk the Camino de Santiago. Usually though people are asking about the Camino Frances to Santiago, and for that reason that is the route this post refers to. January and December: unless you are located the other side of the equator January and December are winter.  Winter in Spain can sometimes be fairly cold, in 2008 there were snow blizzards in

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How Much Does the Camino de Santiago Cost?

The main costs for any of the Camino de Santiago routes are your daily budget on the Camino and getting to and from your start and finish points.  For most of in Europe it is fairly quick and easy to get to and from any of the routes – not so from North America, (see travel page here), however the exchange rate between the US Dollar, Sterling and Euro currently makes walking the Camino cheaper than it has ever been for pilgrims from

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Did You Lose Weight on the Camino?

I lost about 8kgs, about 18 lbs, over a four week period. So yes I did lose a lot of weight on the Camino. However losing weight was never one of my intentions for walking. I did not set out on the Camino to lose weight and I must admit that it never entered into my mind at any time while I was there. Losing the weight was simply the result of walking as I ate pretty much anything I wanted,

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Finding Love on the Camino de Santiago

Love was the last thing I expected to find on the Camino de Santiago. But I did and ten years later our son is one year old. Therefore I thought this would be a good time for this post. I set out expecting a journey with few people, and I expected those few to be a bit odd, or older religious types – well it was a pilgrimage not your usual holiday. Expectations are interesting phenomena, I don’t know about you,

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Camino Primitivo – Oveido to Santiago de Compostela

Stage Five: Primitivo Oveido to Santiago, May 2nd to May 14th We were flying by now. Yes our feet still hurt and at the end of the longest day of the whole trip, (41km, a choice so I didn’t have to stay in a dormitory…), I thought I would die. But the next day our bodies were as good as new. I was the fittest I had ever been, no knees problems, bunion issues or back complaints. Light shoes still

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Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye then Hondarribia to 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 way told us it would be fine to do this by train, but while we intended to take it a bit easier we walked. The weather was extraordinary. An early summer had hit the region. No snow and brilliant blue

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Le Puy to Saint Jean Pied de Port

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 frostbite on my nose which took weeks to heal- but no snow and so we were able to cross through one of the worst marked sections. Thankfully we had a GPS and a thermos. Our bodies had settled down a little but we were still struggling.

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Cluny to Le Puy on the Chemin de St Jacques

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. Okay we could have stayed and enjoyed the local food, wine and terroire but from the first time we saw the scallop shell on a lamp post in Tramayes, which our house is on the outskirts of, we were hooked.

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The Days before arriving at Santiago de Compostela

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 at the end of their pilgrimage. What happens between those two milestones?  I’d like to tell you how to handle that intermediary period, the days when you are working toward your physical, mental, and spiritual goals. This is the period

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How to Live Your Life

The inspiration for this post came at the end of the video below.  However as I get older I think more about how to live, perhaps because I am more aware of death.  On the Camino direction is easy, just follow the yellow arrows – but what then after finishing? This is the longest YouTube video that I have ever watched, it is well worth watching. It runs for nearly 80 minutes, so if you are going to watch it

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Camino de Santiago Frances Overview

On July 8th of this year, I set out from St Jean Pied du Port to walk the infamous Camino Frances. I had a return ticket booked for five weeks later and I dreamed of finishing my walk at the Atlantic Ocean in Finisterre. As I packed my bag before my departure I was excited for the unknown. I was excited for the physical and mental challenges that lay ahead of me. To be honest, I really did not know

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Camino Finisterre Walking Towards the End of the World

Since the Middle Ages the roads that lead to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain have sustained their popularity. I undertook this journey in July 2015 setting out from St Jean Pied du Port in France. After four weeks, I arrived into Santiago to a glorious fanfare. Santiago is a city steeped in history and beauty. The buzz here is infectious. Pilgrims are in a high state of elation having completed their Camino. It is easy to lose oneself here

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