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  1. sillydoll

    Photographs wanted of memorials for pilgrims who died on the Camino

    For many years I've kept a memorial record of pilgrims who have died on the Camino. As far as possible, I have tried to include a photograph of a memorial erected by their loved ones. If you have any photographs of memorials in honour of the pilgrims who passed away on the Caminos, especially...
  2. sillydoll

    Norway's National Day - 17 May

    Happy 17 mai Ivar - and all other Norwegian members!
  3. sillydoll


    I joined Ivar's Forum on 2 November 2004 and although I don't post as frequently as I used to I still love to read members' posts. Thanks Ivar for 14 years of advice and help. Tusen takk.
  4. sillydoll

    The Abbot Pfanner Trappist Trail (APTT) pilgrimage in South Africa

    Strung out across the hills and valleys between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Indian Ocean, like the knots on a string of Rosary beads. are twenty-two historic Trappist missions. Established over a century ago by a group of dedicated Trappist monks led by Abbot Francis Pfanner from...
  5. sillydoll

    2017 Practical Camino Workshop in KZN

    KZN - ANNUAL CAMINO WORKSHOP Date: Saturday 25 November Place: Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Old Main Road, Kloof Time: 8:00am to 12pm. Cost: R25 includes handouts, tea, donation to the church Please bring a non- perishable food item for food parcels for the needy RSVP Sylvia Nilsen or...
  6. sillydoll

    Camino Frances Certificates.

    There are a number of certificates pilgrims can earn on the Camino Frances. 1. The COMPOSTELA: based on a 14th c document which has changed many times, with long periods where it was not issued, especially in the modern era. To earn this certificate you must walk the last 100 km to Santiago...
  7. sillydoll

    HOSVOL (Hospitaleros Voluntarios) Course in Tsitsikamma

    This is a first! A HOSVOL course will take place in Tsitiskamma on 21/22 April for 16 wannabe hospitaleros. This will be the 11th training course held in South Africa and at the end of it we will have 124 trained hospitaleros. Congratulations to the following South African pilgrims who will...
  8. sillydoll

    Corazon Puro closing

    This is a message from Istvan to anyone who has booked a room at Corazon Puro this year : We had to take a very sad and painful decision because of some family-health problems, that we have to return to Hungary and stay there for at least this year, so we cannot open the Corazón Puro's fifth...
  9. sillydoll


    2017 2-DAY HOSPITALEROS VOLUNTARIOS TRAINING COURSE DATE: 4/5 FEBRUARY PLACE: WESTVILLE - DURBAN (Beds will be found for pilgrims coming from out of town) Numbers limited Contact: amawalkerscamino@mweb.co.za
  10. sillydoll


    2017 2-DAY HOSPITALEROS VOLUNTARIOS TRAINING COURSE DATE: 4/5 FEBRUARY PLACE: WESTVILLE - DURBAN (Beds will be found for pilgrims coming from out of town) Numbers limited Contact: amawalkerscamino@mweb.co.za
  11. sillydoll

    Memorials to pilgrims who died on the Camino

    Since 2007 I have posted a list of pilgrims who died whilst on the Camino. The list is compiled during the year from media reports and posts on this forum, Facebook and so forth. The AMIGOS also keeps a Memorial list which includes well known Camino personalities and pilgrims. I have posted...
  12. sillydoll

    12 Years on the Santiago Forum

    Wow! This Forum has out lasted many similar forums in the past 12 years since I joined in November 2004. [I think I was the 6th member to join] 'Santiagobis' (once the most popular an busiest forums on the Internet) started in 2000 is now all but dormant. One of the owners of Santiagobis, was...
  13. sillydoll

    amawalkers Camino - Aragones group walk in spring 2017

    sillydoll submitted a new resource: amawalkers Camino - Aragones group walk in spring 2017 - Lourdes to Pamplona in spring Read more about this resource... http://www.amawalkerscamino.com/2017-lourdes-to-pamplona.html
  14. sillydoll

    Lessons to be learned from 'Little John'

    A few years ago I posted information about my friend 'Little John' who was a Camino and Via Francigena pilgrimage veteran. John has walked umpteen Caminos including from Faro to Lisbon and north on the Caminho Portugues: from Geneva, Le Puy, Arles: from Lourdes and the Aragones, Madrid...
  15. sillydoll

    The changing significance of the modern Credencial

    The first modern 'credencial' was issued in the late 1950's to road pilgrims who followed a road map of routes for pilgrims and tourists which was published for the 1954 Holy Year. Five road routes leading tourists and tourist-pilgrims to Santiago were developed closely following what would...
  16. sillydoll

    11 years on this forum

    Wow! Can't believe that I joined this forum 11 years ago this month! It started off as a Santiago forum but quickly morphed into a Camino forum and took off like a bush fire! The first website I was able to access for info on the Camino in the 1990's was Friends of the Road to Santiago (...
  17. sillydoll

    Saint James' Feast Day

    It’s that time of the year again where Camino pilgrims celebrate St James’ Feast Day. Camino de Santiago pilgrims past and future Join us at the Saint James’ Feast Day celebrationS DURBAN Date: Sunday 26th July Venue : St Dominic's Catholic Church , 1 Mill Road Hillcrest (KZN) Time : 11 o'...
  18. sillydoll

    Slow Walk to Rome - May/June 2016

    After two rewarding 'Slow Caminos' in 2013 and 2014, amaWalkers Camino has decided to offer a 'Slow Walk to Rome' (less than 10 km per day) next year in May/June. It is 101 km from Viterbo to Rome and his will qualify for the 'Testimonium' certificate. Dates, walking schedule and cost to be...
  19. sillydoll

    Prayers for Denise - 25th July at Mid-Day

    APPEAL FOR A FEW MOMENTS OF PRAYER FOR A MISSING PILGRIM - MID-DAY 25TH JULY (ST JAMES' FEAST DAY) Three months ago Denise Thiem went missing while hiking the El Camino. She was last seen in Astorga. Pilgrims often lose touch with friends and family whilst on the Camino but Denise has...
  20. sillydoll

    Hospitaleros Voluntarios course - Johannesburg 2/3 May

    A hospitaleros voluntarios course will be take place in Johannesburg on 2/3 May. If you have walked a Camino and are interested in serving as a hospitalero in a donativo albergue, PM me for more info. This is a fun course all about welcoming pilgrims, running an albergue, your role in the...