The first thing that comes to mind when I ask myself what is a pilgrim is Canterbury Tales and Chaucer’s partying crowd, or of Homer in the Odyssey. I associate the words pilgrim and pilgrimages as belonging to a bygone era. Going on a pilgrimage in the middle ages was often the only form of travel […]
In 2004 I first walked the Camino Frances the main Camino de Santiago route; I first wrote this article in 2009 and thought it could do with some updating.
I was a student at the time and I wanted to do something different during the summer, something interesting – I am not one for lying on […]
One of the most common questions I am asked when I speak about the Camino is how long is the Camino de Santiago. Usually I just answer by saying 780 kilometres – though if the person is very interested I will get into explaining that there are many different routes in Spain and lots […]
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 love their food. Compared to the usual British cuisine I find it more tasty.
All that […]
I think I am a terrible example of getting fit before walking the Camino de Santiago. I walked only once for about 3 hours, with a rucksack, to see how I would be walking before going to Spain. I did have some hill walking experience, though not a lot. I would have walked in the […]
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
My typical day on the Camino de Santiago started about 6am. I was a mature student before hiking the on the Camino de Santiago for the first time; at that time I would have been doing well if I was awake before 9am, (I had got into student life and loved it). So six in the morning was initially […]
For most people walking the Camino de Santiago means a month walking across northern Spain covering about 800 km, (500 miles). So it is not surprising that most of us plan on a few rest days along the Camino. Below are some of the towns and villages that I suggest are good places to […]
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 for information about being vegan on the Camino…but to no avail. So, I decided to keep notes […]
Concerns about health care and medical help while on the Camino is one of my most common asked questions. You can read some reports from pilgrims on the Camino here about their experience with the Spanish health care system.
For all those that reside within the twenty seven counties of the EU taking the […]
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 walked the route in 2004.
For the last few years work has been so busy that I dare not leave for the amount of time that I would want. One of the problems of working for yourself. Another problem of being self employed is not taking time off when it is needed, thinking that everything will fall apart if I am not watching it – all the time. This nonsense thinking ended with me completely exhausted at the end of last year and wondering if this is the type of life that I really want. The answer to that question is fairly obvious. […]