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Two Weeks on the Camino de Santiago

A quick trip is not something you can expect from Camino de Santiago. With routes going up to several hundred kilometers, a pilgrimage typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks on foot. If you don’t have the luxury to travel for extended periods, or if you’re unable (or don’t want) to walk long distances, you can…

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Newbie Mistakes on The Camino de Santiago

To be honest, I wanted to get your attention with the title of this blog post. I guess it worked if you are reading this now 🙂 Great. Now that we are here I would like to clear something up which is of high importance to me. The word “mistake” in the blog title is…

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Celebrate Your Retirement and Walk The Camino!

This is a 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 in late September, like children going on a school tour, myself and my fellow retiree Pat…

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Blister Prevention for the Camino de Santiago

blister stages

What’s the most common injury experienced on the Camino de Santiago? Without doubt, foot blisters! They’re painful. They’re frustrating. They take precious time, effort and skill to look after. They make you walk differently and that can stir up other aches and pains. They can get infected, and wind you up in hospital! Blisters have…

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The Spiritual Aspects of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

La Faba

The Camino Spirit This is a transcript of a talk I was asked to give at an information session on walking the Camino, presented in September 2016 and sponsored by the Albuquerque, New Mexico Chapter of The American Friends of the Camino. My wife, Janet, and I walked the Camino Frances in the Spring of…

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Camino: Should You Travel Solo or in a Group?

Leslie Anna 13km from Santiago

When planning a pilgrimage, travelers, besides deciding what route to take and what to pack, are often faced with a choice of going for it alone or as a part of a group. The forums are swirling with questions such as “I want to do the Camino, but I have nobody to go with, should…

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Making Time for the Camino de Santiago

Iona Scotland

If all goes well, and God wills it, at the end of March I will begin to walk the Camino de Santiago. It’s about time. I have been thinking, dreaming, and planning for this for nearly 20 years. I first read about the pilgrimage to Santiago Compostela in a 14th century biography, The Book of…

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Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado

Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado

On the road from Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado 12th August, 2017:  Leaving Santo Domingo at 7.45 am, we thought we had made a good head start on the sun. Fools! We should have left at least an hour earlier. We walked 23 kilometers today on a fairly easy route of gravel paths, tarmac…

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The Meseta on the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Meseta

‘Many people avoid the Meseta, catching the bus from Burgos to Leon’, I heard on my first day on the Camino de Santiago. I was shocked. I thought most people were keen to walk the full route, either in stages or as a single pilgrimage. Whilst setting out to walk and enjoy the whole 800km,…

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Walking the Camino Frances in Our Retirement

Camino Frances Pyrnees

Planning ahead means getting into shape, collecting the bare necessities, and planning when, how, and for how long you will manage your Camino de Santiago. If you can afford and plan to use hotel accommodation, restaurant meals, and luggage carried then this account is not for you. In our five Caminos between 2006 and 2015,…

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