When their Camino fails to live up to expectations

When their Camino fails to live up to expectations

Not really a question, but still an interesting discussion:

A good reason why one should walk with no expectations or preconceived ideas of what the Camino will be like for you. A priest on the Camino once said, “The Camino will be for you how you walk it”.

“I am disappointed. This journey has failed to meet my expectations in so many ways, that finally I’ve had to own up to it. Unfortunately El Camino de Santiago is a prepackaged tour masquerading as something else. Herds of so called peregrinos are shuffled in mass along a single, narrowly defined route from ‘pilgrim bar’ to albergues de peregrino to tiendas selling cheap Chinese made Camino souvenirs. It is literally one tourist trap to another. Very little is real, authentic or genuine in its intent. And the only difference between me and the bus riding tourists is our mode of transportation. I walk. They ride.”

Read reactions from our many pilgrim forum members here in our Camino de Santiago forum.

Can I walk to Santiago, and then back?

Camino de Santiago

The question was:

This may be the raving of a lunatic, but my dream is to start in LePuy, hike to Santiago via SJPDP and then RETURN via the ruta Norte and end my hike in Vezelay. I am a fit appalachian trail hiker, and I have already been training for my camino for nearly a year, so I am at least not completely delusional. My hike would begin in late Feb/March 2013 and end in July. How difficult is it to hike these trails in the “wrong” direction? Anyone here done this hike?

Read the interesting advice regarding walking the Camino to Santiago, and then back.

What shoes are pilgrims using on the Camino de Santiago?

What shoes are pilgrims using on the Camino de Santiago?

The question was:

Hi all, there are so many threads in regards to footwear, many opinions, many different kinds of footwear. I know a common reply is: “use what works best for your feet” and “the same thing does not work for everyone”, while that is true it’s nice as a newbie to get some ideas on where to start. My wish is not to start another discussion I was hoping you could list what shoes you wear both during the walk and in the evening and perhaps a comment on why that works for you. Just to put some ideas in a beginners mind :).

Read the list of shoes (names of brands and model) that pilgrims posted in our forum.

Where do I start collecting stamps?

Where do I start collecting stamps?

The question was:

I am going on the camino for the first time next may/June from Dublin and was wondering if I get the two stamps here and one in Leon if I’m starting walking from astorga I’ll have two weeks to do it will it be enough time thinking 25 k a day thanks

Read the good advice on where to start collecting stamps in your pilgrims passport here.

Which Camino has less asphalt?

Which Camino has less asphalt?

 

The question was:

Does anyone know which part of the camino in France or North Spain has the less asphalt on a strech of 600 kilometers? I am leaving soon, in a week or tow, for 5 weeks or so.

I walked with a lot of pleasure Via de la plata. I am crazy about nature and not asphalt tracks.. so which part can you folks advice me?

Read all the good advice on which Camino has less asphalt.