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  1. JohnLloyd

    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    Yes, I found myself as an unlikely first-responder when a fellow pilgrim was struck down by an unknown malady right next to the Civil War memorial outside Villafranca Montes de Oca. The story is best told here. https://johnelsewhere.blog/2018/09/03/keep-your-head-up/ EDIT: I now realise that...
  2. JohnLloyd

    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    A little way beyond Torres del Rio, I came across a few more towers.
  3. JohnLloyd

    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    Amending that now! I have no idea where I got that other spelling from either!
  4. JohnLloyd

    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    Ah, that’s good news.
  5. JohnLloyd

    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    Aw, thanks for that. The Camino provides us with unbeatable material! The whole thing is wrapped up in an eBook now, shown in my signature here.
  6. JohnLloyd

    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    I'm in the last days of holding an EHIC. I'm going to miss that.
  7. JohnLloyd

    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    Not quite an accident, but certainly an alarming medical moment, and in a rather significant location too. https://johnelsewhere.blog/2018/09/03/keep-your-head-up/
  8. JohnLloyd

    Disparaging "The Way"

    If I hadn't seen "The Way", I wouldn't have known about the Camino and it wouldn't have changed my life. I can't think of another film that has had such an impact on me. Therefore, I can only express gratitude to Emilio for making it, and to everyone who had a part in its production. No film...
  9. JohnLloyd

    Discouraged in Florida

    I agree with the earlier suggestions - if you have 30 days, then you should consider starting somewhere other than St-Jean. To walk 30 days and run out of time to reach Santiago and enjoy at least a full day and night there to celebrate with your walking companions could deprive you of the...
  10. JohnLloyd

    Discouraged in Florida

    Have a read of this - it may help explain my point a little more. https://johnelsewhere.blog/2018/09/19/drop-the-qualifiers/
  11. JohnLloyd

    Discouraged in Florida

    You walk as far as you want to - there's no minimum distance required. The only restriction is the time you choose to offer the Camino. It'll take a little longer if 8 miles a day is your limit, but you're more than likely to be able to increase that as you go. At first, 15-20km a day was a...
  12. JohnLloyd

    Happy 80th birthday, Martin Sheen

    I'm halfway through this too - what a story.
  13. JohnLloyd

    Happy 80th birthday, Martin Sheen

    The gift of the Camino keeps giving, and Martin and Emilio are Father Christmas in this instance.
  14. JohnLloyd

    Happy 80th birthday, Martin Sheen

    Happy 80th birthday to Martin Sheen, a man whose body of work stands tall in the history of American cinema. One film in particular stands out, doesn’t it? Thank you, Martin, Emilio, Taylor and all of the Estevez family - I’ll raise a glass to you all today.
  15. JohnLloyd

    The Holy Year

    Net year, assuming things continue towards normality, could be rather busy!
  16. JohnLloyd

    Franziska walked from O Cebreiro to Santiago, arriving July 15th.

    Fantastic to hear such a positive story from Franziska. Ivar - have you heard how things are on the Ingles route at the moment?
  17. JohnLloyd

    Images from Brierley Camino Frances Handbook.

    Hey, Lance - did you start from Belairi on August 23 2018? If so, hello! I was there too.
  18. JohnLloyd

    Reflecting on my Camino

    On my Francés, there was a moment in the queue booking in at the wonderful Hogar albergue in Villamayor de Monjardín when a bothersome French quartet barged their way ahead of the rest of us, consequently hogging the showers, the washing machine and the centrifuge, and harshing our vibe as a...
  19. JohnLloyd

    The Holy Year

    That's a fascinating situation - the uncertainty and confusion for us all echoes in every aspect of life. One day at a time, that's all we can do right now.
  20. JohnLloyd

    The Holy Year

    Thanks for that, Kathar1na - a very helpful answer, which explains all the stresses and strains at hand here. As with all other things, patience is key.
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