Did your Camino fail or exceed your expectations?

Expectations of the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

Did your Camino fail to meet your expectations? If so why? The good, the bad, the ugly.

Or…Did your Camino exced your expectations? If so why? The good, the bad, the ugly.

All views are welcome but please discuss your experience not other henceforth nameless bloggers. (Please it’s time to let u know who rest in peace.)

Some of us (like me) really want to prepare in all ways because when I make my Camino, it will probably be a once in a lifetime experience (unless I meet some wealthy Catholic prince or hit the lottery! :lol: )

Thanks for any and all responses. This topic is started by an American Catholic so it is protected by the right of freedom of speech and religion. Just abide by the forum rules and good taste!

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  • Gwendolyn

    I walked the last have of the Camino de Santiago last June. It exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable. Beforehand, I had read John Brierley’s guide, talked to two close friends at length about their experiences, seen the movie, “The Way”, and had day-hiked in many national parks in the United States. My advice: break in your hiking boots before you leave, take several pairs of merino wool socks, pack light, be comfortable with your pack, and visit the churches and cathedrals even if you are not religious.

  • http://twitter.com/RentaPen Phil Kleingeld

    I had no expactations. I just prepared physically but the mental challenge was much stronger than I expected. I thought I would have problems with the lack of comfort but I found out that one can be content with basic things like a bottle of water, dry bread and a bec!

  • Jane V. Blanchard

    I went without expectations; therefore, I was not disappointed. The Camino was a life-changing event for me. I discovered an inner peace that I had not previously known.

  • jennpirie

    We have not even gotten there yet and it has already exceeded our expectations.

  • Kalinda Link

    I just finished my Camino June 12th of this year. It exceeded my expectations as well! I walked from Astorga since I couldn’t get more time off work. It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to go back!!


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