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  1. scruffy1

    Sad news; the passing of David M Gitlitz

    David Gitlitz co-author with his wife Linda Kay Davidson זכרונה לברכה of the fantastic book 'The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago - The Complete Cultural Handbook' has passed away from complications of COVID. He will live on through his book . ברוך דיין האמת יהי זכרו ברוך...
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    Basilica de San Isidoro in León and Stupid Stupid Me

    In my opinion, the most amazing church before SdC must be San Isidoro in León. There is a tour usually in Spanish occasionally in English which should be taken the first time around. The church decoration is all Romanesque from the statues, the column capitals, to the gorgeous mind-boggling...
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    MERRY CHRISTMAS from Bethlehem!

    COVID or not the Christmas Parade must go on! Merry Christmas!
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    Alubias de Cantabria

    Beans are always an important staple for me on the Camino and off - I love them all! Alubias de Cantabria are like a stew but brother-in-law popped in so I added some stock and rice to stretch my usual pot of beans into almost a soup The quick recipe is here and YES I know it is a terrible...
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    State of Emergency, Again - Patience is a Virture

    'Patience is a Virtue' is often credited to a pagan source, Cato to the Elder in the third or fourth century. Patience was never before so needed as in these times - both along the Camino and at home. I am still continuing to plan my last full Camino - with age it has become very hard for me to...
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    Camino as 17 with 18 year old friend.

    June? Pack light and have fun, but do remember the 'Sunscreen Song' - Pack your sunscreen right on top for easy access and just say yes to boots - "Be kind to your knees, you will miss them when they're gone" - I know I do.
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    A Thought for those Now on the camino

    Going through the closet of my Camino things and chanced upon the book I always take with me, a most beautiful collection of poetry, the Biblical Book of Psalms. A custom of my faith is to read a number of psalms every day usually 4-5-6. Meaning after a month, you have read them all. So while on...
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    María Salomé Mother of Saint James, Stone Boats, and France?

    [ Funny that all the Marias are connected to the Camino, Maria - La Virgen del Pilar, María Salomé, Marie-Jacobé creating the James the Lesser confusion, and the Magdalena. María Magdalena and Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume. Those of us who have walked from Vezelay have seen her relics which...
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    María Salomé Mother of Saint James, Stone Boats, and France?

    María Salomé, daughter of Saint Anne, wife of Zebedee, mother of Saint James, and present both at the crucifixion and the discovery of the empty tomb of Jesus. All subjects with which we pilgrims should be familiar. I have written previously concerning her church in SdC, Rúa Nova, 31, sadly...
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    Another Funny Camino Experience

    My first Camino, Flew into cold bureaucratic Madrid in full Pelligrino regalia - hat scallop shell backpack - and asked the Immigration Police to also stamp my credencial. Not going to happen. Several years later, came in by way of Barcelona with full Pelligrino regalia - hat scallop shell...
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    No Camino plan is ever cast in stone.

    Allow me to patronize you a bit whippersnapper. We old forts k-n-o-w that nothing but absolutely nothing occurs on the Camino, before the Camino or after the Camino by chance - it was meant to be. Not Buddhism not really karma simply Camino. Planned to walk from Barcelona up through Monastery...
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    March/April is a much better idea anyway! Springtime on the Camino is marvelous and you will be able to enjoy/participate in Easter celebrations and processions. Semana Santa begins March 28th Easter April 4 plan accordingly!
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    Poor Saint James...And a Question

    Thanks, but been there done that and still looking
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    Poor Saint James...And a Question

    Here in Jerusalem, I am deep into Love in the Time of Cholera – ah no – that was Gabriel García Márquez. Deep into Coronavirus with my love of reading rather than burning my eyes out on Netflix. Reading a book entitled “Jerusalem Pilgrims before the Crusades” compiled by John Wilkinson and not...
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    Funny Camino Stories, Experiences or Pictures

    How I started a short-lived Camino custom Walked into Rabanal del Camino, stopping early in order to hear the Gregorian chants that evening in the church next door come Vespers time. Hot for April, already a line of pilgrims waiting to get in. What Me Worry? Opening my backpack and nestling...
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    A Visigoth necropolis found near Grañón and the Camino

    For reading addicts like me try "Visigothic Spain 409-711 A History of Spain by Rodger Collins unbelievably expensive now try an academic library. For a quick overview try this short video and if that was intriguing try
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    COVID It Aint Over Till the Fat Lady Sings - no offense intended just an expression

    We may have seen the light at the end of the tunnel but it's getting dark again. Both the UK and Germany have advised against traveling to Spain as numbers of new C-19 cases rise again in Spain, Italy, Germany, and England. Do with that as you see fit, I'm following the advice of Samuel L...
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    A sign of the times

    Washing everything? I have met backpack weight-conscious pilgrims walking commando - no underwear - hiking sandals - no socks - one set of clothes replacing at outdoor markets met along the way - and liquid soap in the smallest bottle I ever saw for washing and shampoo. Not recommended.