Why do so many start in Saint Jean Pied de Port?

The question was: Considering the complications to get to S.Jean Pied de Port, especially for anyone landing in Spain or coming from Spain/Portugal/Southern France, I always wonder why so many of these people want to start their Camino in SJPP! I remember that when I was a hospitalera, I always gave a “congratulations” type comment…

What comforted you on your Camino de Santiago?

The question was: With the ongoing conversations about whether or not to bring phones and cameras on the Camino, I started thinking about why I felt it was important to me to bring my phone. Besides the safety reasons and possible need to connect with my daughter/walking companion should we be separated, I realized that…