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2022 Camino Guides
The 2022 Camino guides will be coming out little by little, most of them by the end of 2021. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.
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  1. Michael Gray

    Blister advice please

    Tea Tree oil. Antiseptic and dries and toughens the skin.
  2. Michael Gray

    Planning to walk from Astorga solo, advice please!

    Don't miss the tiny Hermitage Ecce Homo just outside Astorga.
  3. Michael Gray

    Comment by 'Michael Gray' in media 'The climb up to the Meseta from Castrojerez - a great way to start the day!'

    Ah yes, I remember it well, and the wonderful view in both directions from the top.
  4. Michael Gray

    What to see and do, or eat, for a few hours in Madrid?

    The Prado! One of the world's great art galleries.
  5. Michael Gray

    Care and maintenance of boots

    My current boots are synthetic fabric but I'm interested in solutions for leather as well.
  6. Michael Gray

    Care and maintenance of boots

    What is the best regime for looking after boots on the Camino? I always brush the loose mud and dirt off and pick stones etc out of the tread at the end of the day. What about drying wet boots? I have seen manufacturer’s advice to avoid sunlight and artificial heat and not to stuff them with...
  7. Michael Gray

    Poem for our time written by Sister Lucia of the Discalced Carmelites in Antequera

    Thank you. I had done that but I was hoping there might be a more idiomatic version out there, something more poetic than Google's effort. Perhaps it's too soon for someone with a feel for the poetry to produce a better version.
  8. Michael Gray

    Poem for our time written by Sister Lucia of the Discalced Carmelites in Antequera

    Is there a kind soul out there in the forum who would translate this for us monoglot anglophones, please?
  9. Michael Gray

    Animals that I met (and was quick enough to get their photo)

    I forget where I saw this in October 2016.
  10. Michael Gray

    Haglund's deformity

    I suffer from Haglund’s deformity (so I’m told), a bony bump on my right heel. No pain or discomfort at all, but it does mean I quickly wear a hole in the fabric lining of the heel counter of any hiking shoes or boots, long before the shoes/boots otherwise wear out. The hole in the fabric then...
  11. Michael Gray

    Cathedral Closed...Is the Camino still worth it?

    I am a Catholic and the pilgrims' Mass in the Cathedral in Santiago was very special, but so was every pilgrims' Mass every day along the way. Moreover, there are so many other churches along the Way, from beautiful Cathedrals in Burgos and Leon, far more architecturally impressive than the one...
  12. Michael Gray

    Favourite Camino Waymarking Signs

    Scarcely credible precision?
  13. Michael Gray

    Where can I find Walter Starkie's "The Road to Santiago"?

    www.abebooks.com is a site that aggregates thousands of second hand bookshops around the world. It has four second hand copies up to USD60 plus postage. It was five copies before my visit :-) . I have bought hundreds of books on this site and found them safe and reliable.
  14. Michael Gray

    Camino music/songs

    There is a large and beautiful trove of medieval music directly associated with the Camino, performed by early music specialists. Among my favourites are two albums “Camino de Santiago” by the Studio der Fruhen Musik, directed by Thomas Binkley; an album “Un Camino de Santiago” by Ensemble La...
  15. Michael Gray

    Is there an app...?

    Many thanks to all for the advice and suggestions. I have enough time before I go to check them all carefully.
  16. Michael Gray

    Is there an app...?

    I am looking for recommendations for an app or program to keep a journal of my Camino. When I did my second Camino in 2016 I sent photos and messages to my family chat group using WhatsApp. I was surprised and delighted when for Christmas my son gave me a hardback book comprising all the photos...
  17. Michael Gray

    A gentleman's undercarriage question regarding chafing......

    The simple fact is that, with the longer leg length shorts sold today, and certainly with trousers, you do not need underpants. At least while you're walking. Sure for evenings and any other time you think you need to be a little more smartly dressed, but not while walking. It's extra bulk and...
  18. Michael Gray

    Best Poncho in the Universe

    That's very kind of you, KerrieG, but I'm in no hurry and will pick one up when I'm next up in town. Many thanks.