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  1. Rod Murray

    Jobi Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” choral composition

    Here is a link to the liner notes which includes the libretto/lyrics to the recording above: https://www.tenebrae-choir.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/SIGCD078-Path-of-Miracles-Booklet-Signum-2006.pdf This really helps when you listen to the piece, and makes ones’ memories even more vivid!
  2. Rod Murray

    Jobi Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” choral composition

    Didn’t even think to check it out on YouTube! Thanks for posting. It helps to have the libretto to follow along while listening I found. Here’s an interview transcript with Jodi Talbot that is quite insightful...
  3. Rod Murray

    Jobi Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” choral composition

    Many veterans of the Camino would be familiar with this extraordinary piece of choral music. I was not until this past week. Let me explain. I live near the small town of Elora, Ontario, Canada, which is also the home of the world renowned Elora Singers, a Grammy award winning choir. I...
  4. Rod Murray

    Barcelona Mistake?

    In June 2016 we flew from Toronto to Madrid (the seat sale was good via Air Canada then) and then a cheap flight to Barcelona, as we wanted to see it before we began our Camino. We took the train from Barcelona Sants railway station to Ponferrada, passing through Pamplona on the way. Book as...
  5. Rod Murray

    Has anyone carried a fishing pole?

    The Valcarce River just west of Villafranca, where I met the fisherman and the big brown under the Sarria bridge...The sign reads "Fishing Boundary" I think...Surely the shop in Sarria sold licenses!
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    Has anyone carried a fishing pole?

    In June of 2016, I was about an hour west of Villafranca del Bierzo when my spidey fishing sense stopped me in my tracks to ponder the possibilities of fly fishing the Valcarce River. Sure enough I met a local walking toward me donned in a similar outfit to what I would have on while pursuing...
  7. Rod Murray

    Barcelona Mistake?

    We intentionally flew to Barcelona as we'd never been to Spain and then, since we were starting in Ponferrada for our first Camino, took the all day train across Spain to Ponferrada, passing through Zaragoza, Pamplona, and other cities mentioned above where you can easily connect with various...
  8. Rod Murray

    If you haven't heard about the film/book "I'll Push You"..

    Stumbled on this TED talk via their TED's email newsletter about two friends who do the Camino Frances, one in a wheelchair who wanted to do the pilgrimage and the other, who said "I'll Push You!" Apparently the film is to be released in early November across the USA. Here's the Ted Talk to...
  9. Rod Murray

    Drones Coverage

    I was very taken with Efren's vlog of his Camino Frances. I watched the whole series and he's an honest, thoughtful and insightful Pilgrim. Sharing his Camino with the world in this way is akin to the very first guide to the Camino, the Codex Calextinus, only via 21st C media. He's an excellent...
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    Indecision and questions about Camino for first time- helpful advice from pilgrims requested!

    We tried to walk at least 10-12km per day leading up to our Camino. We have a dog so we were already walking daily anyway. The most we did in preparation was about 15km. It turned out our first day of walking on the Camino was 24km (the longest day of all we walked), Ponferrada to Villefranca...
  11. Rod Murray

    Indecision and questions about Camino for first time- helpful advice from pilgrims requested!

    Here is another resource from a fellow Vancouverite who has walked various Caminos: Lindsay Cowie's Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/bathedinridicule
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    Indecision and questions about Camino for first time- helpful advice from pilgrims requested!

    Yes, the Credential is your Camino passport for entrance to albuerges etc and a great keepsake too. It is used in Santiago to receive your Compostela certificate too.
  13. Rod Murray

    Indecision and questions about Camino for first time- helpful advice from pilgrims requested!

    My wife and I (we are from Canada too) walked from Ponferrada to Santiago in 2 weeks last June 2016. We were 59 at the time and surprised to find that many Pilgrims were older than we. It was our first time. We met many single women on our Camino. Starting where we did was a perfect journey as...
  14. Rod Murray

    How Much Water are People Carrying and Drinking?

    Eating lots of ensaladas on your way is a good hydration strategy! I carried a 1.5 L bladder and filled it each morning. If need be, I refilled it at a bar or albergue midday. I avoided the fountains. A water bladder means you can sip frequently, meaning you don't have to stop and pull out your...
  15. Rod Murray

    Renfe Train Schedule for mid June and beyond

    In response to my own post from last year...I started checking regularly, every day and then, just when I got lazy, stopped checking every day, our travel companions, living in the Middle East, discovered the schedule had been updated! When I finally got around to booking a few days later, the...

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