What is your reason to walk the camino?

What is your reason to walk the camino?

The question was:

I find myself NOT happy in work. VERY happy in love, but nevertheless looking for me and Hoping to find the meaning of my life. Sounds a bit obvious maybe, but i think i need to spend a while with myself and be curious to everything and everyone that passes my way. I AM really looking forward to meet all of you and life!

Read all about the reasons why we walk the Camino de Santiago in our Camino forum.

Is a 15C sleeping bag warm enough?

Sleeping bag for the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

I’m walking the camino frances from mid-March to late April. I prefer to bring my own sleeping bag, rather than using albergue blankets. What rating of sleeping bag do you recommend for the allergies in early Spring? Is 15C too light?

Read the conversation about sleeping bag on the Camino de Santiago in our Camino forum.

8 reasons why Pamplona is the best starting point


Not really a question, but an opinion on a good starting point for the Camino Frances.

Many threads on this forum deal with SJPDP as THE Camino starting point (11.5 % of the Pilgrims start from there), how to reach the place and about the strain and perils of crossing the Pyrenees. Are there any historic reasons that compel some Pelegrinos to even take taxis from Pamplona toward «the wrong direction» in order to commence in SJPDP?
Imho, these eight reasons would rather speak for Pamplona:
1. – In easy reach by air and by train from Madrid, Barcelona, Biarritz, Bilbao.
2. – A choice of 100 accommodation-options in every category, with several albergues and places to obtain Credencials
3. – A perfect place to shake off the jet lag and to acclimatize to Northern Spain
4. – To do last minute shopping (SIM cards, electric adaptors, medicines, banks, etc)
5. – To have direct postal services (to forward luggage to Santiago)
6. – Offering great sightseeing; this town has a beautiful medieval centre, an impressive Citadel, the Cathedral, Spain’s second largest bullring and many spots of interest.
7. – A great gastronomy, wines and lots of parks
8. – Getting an easy start of the Camino

Read the rest of this conversation on Pamplona as a starting point for the Camino Frances here in our Camino Forum.

Advice please on ATM cards for France & Spain?


The question was:

I’m an Australian watching the Euro / AUD exchange rate a bit nervously. This is a new thing for me – I’ve never had enough money to worry about such things. (I’ve been left some money, and this is my gift to myself in memory of Dad. I’m not going to be rolling in spare cash as it is, though I know that’s relative.)

Now I’m considering purchasing a card .. maybe two ??? becasuse I’ve heard that’s wise in case of one being unknown to some ATMs in France / Spain. So, I wonder if there are any comments on that.

Also, I’m wondering whther there are any comments on best cards? I’m not travelling until April 2015 now – various unfortunate things have delayed me 12 months, but maybe it’s a good thing, since I’ve read recently that some anniversary of Francis of Assisi in 2014 might increase pilgrim traffic everywhere in Europe.

Besides, now I’ve decided to try to tackle at least some of yje chemin in France, I need more time to work on my non-extistent French. Why the extra? I have no idea. But it feels right to do it.

So, I’d like some opinions about whether it’s a good idea to :

1. buy some Euros now in case the rate worsens .. or is there something I don’t know about this stuff?
2. One card / two cards .. what?
3. Good cards for Australians to get?

Read the advice given on ATM cards in France and Spain here in our Camino forum.

Camino Francés over Christmas/New year?


Christmas Camino de Santiago

The question was:

I’m not long back from my first assault on the Camino Frances which took me from SJPdP as far as Burgos. It was such a great experience, much more than I dared expect and obviously I have to finish it! Now I’m toying with the idea to walk just after Christmas and into the New Year starting in Burgos. Would be really interested to hear advice from anyone else considering doing the same or who has travelled this part of the camino around this time of year.

Read the conversation on walking Camino Francés over Christmas/New year in our Camino Forum.