Is the AARN backpack a good option?

AARN backpack

The question was:

I’m walking my first Camino (Frances) September/October 2014. I have heard good things about different packs …. and in particular the AARN packs. Has anyone used these packs? Any advice/info would be most appreciated.

Read all about the AARN backpack and the Camino de Santiago here.

Pilgrim Statistics, June 2013

Camino de Santiago Statistics

The pilgrims office has just released the statistics for pilgrims receiving their Compostela in June 2013. You can see the statistics in their original post.

A total of 29374 pilgrims received their Compostela in June 2013. That is an average of 979 pilgrims per day. The actual number will be higher, since not all decide to pick up their compostela.

Country (written in spanish)
Number of pilgrims
España
11384 (38,76%)
Alemania
2727 (9,28%)
Italia
2184 (7,44%)
Estados Unidos
2166 (7,37%)
Portugal
1867 (6,36%)
Francia
1521 (5,18%)
Holanda
723 (2,46%)
Irlanda
681 (2,32%)
Reino Unido
617 (2,10%)
Canadá
526 (1,79%)
Brasil
491 (1,67%)
Australia
488 (1,66%)
Corea
343 (1,17%)
Belgica
310 (1,06%)
Austria
293 (1,00%)
Polonia
248 (0,84%)
Dinamarca
240 (0,82%)
México
219 (0,75%)
Suiza
185 (0,63%)
Japón
177 (0,60%)
Sudáfrica
166 (0,57%)
Argentina
160 (0,54%)
Suecia
158 (0,54%)
Hungría
141 (0,48%)
Colombia
112 (0,38%)
Noruega
97 (0,33%)
República Checa
96 (0,33%)
Finlandia
92 (0,31%)
Nueva Zelanda
88 (0,30%)
Rusia
82 (0,28%)
Venezuela
77 (0,26%)
Eslovenia
49 (0,17%)
Eslovaquia
49 (0,17%)
China
46 (0,16%)
Bulgaria
46 (0,16%)
Puerto Rico
37 (0,13%)
Chile
36 (0,12%)
Uruguay
35 (0,12%)
Ecuador
32 (0,11%)
Rumania
32 (0,11%)
Singapur
28 (0,10%)
Taiwán
24 (0,08%)
Lituania
23 (0,08%)
Filipinas
17 (0,06%)
Israel
16 (0,05%)
Luxemburgo
16 (0,05%)
Andorra
15 (0,05%)
El Salvador
13 (0,04%)
Perú
12 (0,04%)
Ucrania
12 (0,04%)
Estonia
12 (0,04%)
Croacia
11 (0,04%)
Grecia
10 (0,03%)
Rep. Dominicana
8 (0,03%)
Malta
8 (0,03%)
Letonia
8 (0,03%)
India
8 (0,03%)
Panamá
8 (0,03%)
Costa Rica
7 (0,02%)
Bolivia
7 (0,02%)
Islandia
6 (0,02%)
Mauritania
5 (0,02%)
Cuba
5 (0,02%)
Malasia
5 (0,02%)
Paraguay
5 (0,02%)
Turquía
5 (0,02%)
Tailandia
4 (0,01%)
Marruecos
3 (0,01%)
Brunei
3 (0,01%)
Zimbabwe
3 (0,01%)
Honduras
3 (0,01%)
Angola
3 (0,01%)
Jordania
3 (0,01%)
Kuwait
3 (0,01%)
Líbano
2 (0,01%)
Bosnia
2 (0,01%)
Namibia
2 (0,01%)
Islas Feroe
2 (0,01%)
Serbia
2 (0,01%)
Mongolia
2 (0,01%)
Indonesia
2 (0,01%)
I. Reunión
1 (0,00%)
Bielorrusia
1 (0,00%)
Argelia
1 (0,00%)
Ghana
1 (0,00%)
San Cristóbal y Nevis
1 (0,00%)
Túnez
1 (0,00%)
Sudán
1 (0,00%)
Georgia
1 (0,00%)
Martinica
1 (0,00%)
Moldavia
1 (0,00%)
Vietnam
1 (0,00%)
Guatemala
1 (0,00%)
Uganda
1 (0,00%)
Pakistán
1 (0,00%)
Rwanda
1 (0,00%)
Guyana
1 (0,00%)
Dominica
1 (0,00%)
Jamaica
1 (0,00%)
Chipre
1 (0,00%)
Zambia
1 (0,00%)
Gender
Number of pilgrims
Man
16747 (57,01%)
Woman
12627 (42,99%)
Way traveled
Number of pilgrims
Foot
24144 (82,20%)
Bike
5061 (17,23%)
Horse
164 (0,56%)
Wheel chair
5 (0,02%)
Reason
Number of pilgrims
Religious and others
15635 (53,23%)
Religious
12217 (41,59%)
Not religious
1522 (5,18%)
Starting Point
Number of pilgrims
Sarria
5627 (19,16%)
S. Jean P. Port
4880 (16,61%)
León
1546 (5,26%)
Roncesvalles
1461 (4,97%)
Oporto
1360 (4,63%)
Cebreiro
1247 (4,25%)
Tui
941 (3,20%)
Ponferrada
862 (2,93%)
Astorga
741 (2,52%)
Pamplona
662 (2,25%)
Le Puy
623 (2,12%)
Burgos
558 (1,90%)
Irún
512 (1,74%)
Sevilla
509 (1,73%)
Oviedo – C.P.
508 (1,73%)
Valença do Minho
461 (1,57%)
Ferrol
454 (1,55%)
Francia – C.F.
389 (1,32%)
Vilafranca
309 (1,05%)
Ourense
296 (1,01%)
Resto Portugal
292 (0,99%)
Triacastela
255 (0,87%)
Holanda
218 (0,74%)
Lisboa
204 (0,69%)
Rates, S. Pedro
182 (0,62%)
Lugo – C.P.
176 (0,60%)
Santander
168 (0,57%)
Resto C. León C.F.
162 (0,55%)
Chaves-Portugal
156 (0,53%)
Samos
144 (0,49%)
Barcelos
139 (0,47%)
Logroño
121 (0,41%)
Madrid – C.F.
120 (0,41%)
Resto Asturias – C.N
118 (0,40%)
Bilbao
117 (0,40%)
Salamanca
104 (0,35%)
Oviedo – C.N.
101 (0,34%)
Porriño
100 (0,34%)
Alemania
98 (0,33%)
Ponte de Lima
95 (0,32%)
Bélgica
91 (0,31%)
Somport
89 (0,30%)
Guimaraes
87 (0,30%)
Gijón
87 (0,30%)
Braga
80 (0,27%)
Ribadeo
73 (0,25%)
Avilés
69 (0,23%)
Lourdes
58 (0,20%)
San Sebastián
56 (0,19%)
Resto País Vasco – C.N.
55 (0,19%)
Zamora
52 (0,18%)
Sahagún
48 (0,16%)
Suiza
46 (0,16%)
Fonsagrada – C.P.
45 (0,15%)
Puente la Reina
44 (0,15%)
Puebla de Sanabria
41 (0,14%)
Vezelay
41 (0,14%)
Francia – C.N.
36 (0,12%)
Resto Asturias – C.P.
36 (0,12%)
Vilalba
35 (0,12%)
Arles
34 (0,12%)
Cataluña – C.F.
33 (0,11%)
Sto. Domingo de la Calzada
32 (0,11%)
Valencia O.C.
31 (0,11%)
Tineo – C.P.
30 (0,10%)
Mérida
30 (0,10%)
Frómista
28 (0,10%)
Hendaya
27 (0,09%)
Canfranc
26 (0,09%)
Hospital de Orbigo
26 (0,09%)
Rabanal del Camino
25 (0,09%)
Resto Andalucia
25 (0,09%)
Jaca
24 (0,08%)
Finisterra
24 (0,08%)
R.Pais Vasco C.F.
24 (0,08%)
Resto Cantabria
24 (0,08%)
Carrión de los Condes
23 (0,08%)
Muxia
23 (0,08%)
Cáceres
23 (0,08%)
Resto C. León – V.P.
22 (0,07%)
Zaragoza
22 (0,07%)
Baiona
21 (0,07%)
Gudiña
21 (0,07%)
Madrid – V.P.
20 (0,07%)
Navarra
20 (0,07%)
Povoa de Varzim
20 (0,07%)
Viseu
19 (0,06%)
Coimbra
19 (0,06%)
Mondoñedo
18 (0,06%)
A Guarda
18 (0,06%)
Baamonde
17 (0,06%)
Cast. la Mancha – C.F.
17 (0,06%)
Vega de Valcarce
17 (0,06%)
Austria
17 (0,06%)
Grandas de Salime – C.P.
17 (0,06%)
Fatima
16 (0,05%)
Granja de Moreruela
16 (0,05%)
Italia
16 (0,05%)
Granada
16 (0,05%)
Montserrat
15 (0,05%)
Molinaseca
14 (0,05%)
Laza
13 (0,04%)
Barcelona
13 (0,04%)
Roma
13 (0,04%)
Estella
12 (0,04%)
Verín
12 (0,04%)
Lourenzá
12 (0,04%)
Resto de Extremadura
12 (0,04%)
Neda
11 (0,04%)
Com. Valenciana – C.F.
11 (0,04%)
París
11 (0,04%)
Resto Europa
9 (0,03%)
Cadavo
9 (0,03%)
Abadin
8 (0,03%)
Com. Valenciana – O.C.
8 (0,03%)
Esposende
7 (0,02%)
La Rioja
7 (0,02%)
Castrojeriz
7 (0,02%)
Reino Unido C.F.
6 (0,02%)
Republica Checa
6 (0,02%)
Huelva
6 (0,02%)
Vigo
5 (0,02%)
Malaga
5 (0,02%)
Córdoba
5 (0,02%)
Castilla La Mancha VP.
5 (0,02%)
Castilla la Mancha otros
5 (0,02%)
Valladolid
5 (0,02%)
Benavente
4 (0,01%)
Xunqueira de Ambia
4 (0,01%)
Chantada
4 (0,01%)
Salas
4 (0,01%)
Viana do Castelo
4 (0,01%)
Murcia
3 (0,01%)
Valcarlos
3 (0,01%)
Ponferrada. C.Inv
3 (0,01%)
San Juan de Ortega
3 (0,01%)
Nájera
2 (0,01%)
Resto Africa
2 (0,01%)
Polonia
2 (0,01%)
Cataluña – O.C.
2 (0,01%)
La Bañeza
2 (0,01%)
Badajoz
2 (0,01%)
Fonfría
2 (0,01%)
Ventas de Narón
1 (0,00%)
Luxemburgo
1 (0,00%)
Borres
1 (0,00%)
Inglaterra C.F.
1 (0,00%)
Irlanda C.F.
1 (0,00%)
Dinamarca
1 (0,00%)
Andorra
1 (0,00%)
La Mesa
1 (0,00%)
Hungría
1 (0,00%)
Occupation (in Spanish)
Number of pilgrims
Empleados
7043 (23,98%)
Jubilados
5532 (18,83%)
Estudiantes
3784 (12,88%)
Tecnicos
3459 (11,78%)
Liberales
3231 (11,00%)
Funcionarios
1521 (5,18%)
Profesores
1247 (4,25%)
Obreros
1071 (3,64%)
Parados
763 (2,60%)
Amas de Casa
743 (2,53%)
Directivos
347 (1,18%)
Artistas
267 (0,91%)
Sacerdotes
164 (0,56%)
Agricultores
90 (0,31%)
Religiosas
47 (0,16%)
Deportistas
38 (0,13%)
Marinos
27 (0,09%)
If from Spain, what part of Spain
Number of pilgrims
Madrid
2102 (7,16%)
Andalucía
1685 (5,74%)
Cataluña
1409 (4,80%)
Comunidad Valenciana
1129 (3,84%)
Galicia
878 (2,99%)
Castilla León
863 (2,94%)
Pais Vasco
632 (2,15%)
Castilla la Mancha
519 (1,77%)
Canarias
347 (1,18%)
Murcia
334 (1,14%)
Extremadura
320 (1,09%)
Asturias
307 (1,05%)
Aragón
225 (0,77%)
Navarra
208 (0,71%)
Cantabria
139 (0,47%)
La Rioja
112 (0,38%)
Baleares
104 (0,35%)
Españoles residentes en el extranjero
37 (0,13%)
Melilla
18 (0,06%)
Ceuta
16 (0,05%)
Age
Number of pilgrims
30 – 60
16730 (56,96%)
> 60
6701 (22,81%)
< 30
5943 (20,23%)
Camino traveled
Number of pilgrims
Camino Francés
20964 (71,37%)
Camino Portugués
4070 (13,86%)
Camino del Norte
1536 (5,23%)
Via de la Plata
1408 (4,79%)
Camino Primitivo
827 (2,82%)
Camino Inglés
465 (1,58%)
Otros caminos
56 (0,19%)
Muxia-Finisterre
47 (0,16%)

 

 

Is Paulo Coelho making a film?

Is Paolo Coelho making the "Alchemist " film in Santiago de Compostela?

Hollywood reporter (not sure how reliable they are) reports that Paolo Coelho may be recording in secret “The Pilgrim: the Best Story of Paolo Coelho ” in Santiago de Compostela next week. They are reportedly wrapping up in the next few days.

Read the rest of the rumors over at the Hollywood Reporter site here.

“Camino the Journey to Santiago”, a short Camino Documentary

Camino the Journey to Santiago
Camino the Journey to Santiago

“Camino the Journey to Santiago”, is a short Camino documentary directed by Matthew Nothelfer & Alicia Wszelaki. It was presented at the 1st Camino de Santiago film Festival last week in Santiago (June 2013).

I was so lucky to get to see this documentary before it was shown in Santiago, and loved it! 

I have written earlier about my thoughts about the “Walking the Camino” documentary directed by Lydia Smith,  and I think this short documentary and Lydia’s really complement each other well. Lydia has a longer, more in depth film, while Alicia and Matthew has created a shorter, but very moving film. It is about 25 minutes long with fantastic footage of the Camino. The fantastic footage and the fact that not a single word is spoken, creates a special feeling. I think the fact that not a word is spoken makes it better. The trailer above give s you an idea of what to expect.

The soundtrack to the film is written by Andy Reed, he explains in the video below how he wrote the music.

To keep up to date on this project, please visit their website and their Facebook page.

Walking the Camino, “Six ways to Santiago”

Walking the Camino,
Walking the Camino, “Six ways to Santiago”. DVD available at the Camino Store

Directed by Lydia Smith

Santiago de Compostela, June 4th 2013

Several years ago, I heard of this documentary that was in the making about the Camino de Santiago. It was an independent production, funded mostly by private donations. It has taken Lydia several years, but now the 1 hour and 24 minute documentary is done. Last night I attended the european premiere in Santiago de Compostela.

Many of you might have seen “The Way” a film with Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez. A fictional story that takes place on the Camino de Santiago. I thought it was quite good to be a Hollywood production, but with  a few strange bits. But overall, a good story. I have read in the forum that many show “The Way” to their friends and family to explain what the Camino is about… what it is they are considering walking. And until now, “The Way” was the best film out there to explain it.

After seeing “Walking the Camino” yesterday, I would recommend this over “The Way” if you are looking to see what the Camino is all about. For pilgrims thinking of walking, and for friends and family to see what this thing called the “Camino de Santiago” is all about. I myself, do not have a lot of camino experience, but I have listened and helped pilgrims online for almost 10 years, so I think I know what it is all about. This Camino documentary is as close to the real experience as you can get, without walking it.

The documentary follows 6 pilgrims on their walk along the Camino Francés. We follow then as they start out, get tired, blisters and overcome the obstacles they get confronted with, and finally arrives in Santiago. It is real… no dreamy everything-is-easy-and-great story. The Camino is hard, and you see it in this documentary.

If you are a Camino fan, or thinking of walking the Camino, I would highly recommend you to have a look at this film. Lydia is trying to sell the film to TV and movie theaters, so it is still unclear how you can see it where you live.

If you are interested, I would recommend to join their facebook page or e-mail newsletter for the latest updates.