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  1. Robo

    Video: What's in my Pack? Let the debate begin ...

    Still refining my packing list. For newbie Pilgrims this might be of some value. (at least get you thinking) Every item fits in a 34 litre pack with room to spare. For the 'old hands' feel free to tell me what I don't need! :) Or suggest alternatives. For the Ladies, my wife Pat carries the...
  2. Zman

    Preparing to Walk the Camino - Top Ten Tips

    I walked the CF in the spring of 2017, and learned a whole lot along the way. For those thinking about walking, here's my top ten tips to help you prepare for your Sojourn. If you have others, please feel free to add them to the comments line below or on my Blog. Buen Camino...
  3. Robo

    Did Your Camino Plan Work?

    I think many of Us like to plan out our Camino stages, if only for the fun of it. For me it creates a reason to go over each stage and look for places I might want to visit, stay at, or where I might have trouble with a long stage between accommodation. Certainly for me the plan doesn't last...
  4. IvanGrozni

    Reflections of a first-timer on the Camino Frances in 2020

    In the summer of 2020, I did my Camino, during the Corona pandemic. I very impulsively decided to go to the Camino. One evening I went out for a walk and during the walk, I decided to go, out of the blue. It was quite impulsive because lots of people who go to the Camino plan it for a very long...
  5. P

    Which size rucksack?

    Can any one advise me which is the size ruck sack in liters do most people take walking the Camino?
  6. Mark McCarthy

    Camino Trivia

    While on lockdown, I was wondering if we could start a daily post of Camino trivia (history and background). As a start here is some background on the monastery next to the wine fountain at Irache: "The abbey at Irache was one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in the world with its...
  7. Tincatinker

    The Camino does NOT start in StJpdP - discuss

    Members will be aware that I am neither a contrarian nor a provocateur but that I do like, now and again, to ask questions a little beyond which is the best bar to discuss the best sleeping bag in. So, as I viewed a thread started by a new member who is flying into Madrid and probably training...
  8. Tmct

    Is it safe for a woman walking alone?

    I am a 56 year old woman wondering if I am wise to walk the Camino alone, starting in St Jean Pied de Port and taking as much time as I like to walk and explore. Any advise from women that have done so would be appreciated. Thank you!
  9. Gabe_Way

    If I already have the credential, do I still have to register in SJPD anyway?

    As the title says. Do we need to go to the pilgrim office to register, regardless of having the official credential, which I have bought from this website? Or are we good to go? Thanks!
  10. DevereUx

    What I learned on the Camino

    Having just finished the Camino Frances, here's some of what I learned: It's all about shoes! The shoes will make or break a Camino! Test, test and test some more. I chose trail runners, after test walking in 11 different types of shoes (Amazon is very forgiving, but don't abuse them). I found...
  11. RobertS26

    25 Habits of Successful and Happy People

    The Washington Post summarized a paper on the habits of successful and happy people that was recently published in Psychology magazine. I was struck by how many of these habits directly applied or related to a successful and happy Camino. 1. Savor the moment. Literally stop and smell the...
  12. DsixDsix

    Reflections and Lessons learnt

    I sit writing this back at my desk in Canada, its been a week since my return from the first 166 km of the CF. (We went in Late June 2018)Yet the thought of it still lingers in my mind, a longing for the freedom and friendship that it brought me. I wanted to write this to reflect and to help any...
  13. JJinWI

    Tips & Tricks I Learned from the Camino

    I finished my first Camino (the French Way) a couple a weeks ago… Wow! How time flies. I thought it might be good idea to download some "Tips & Tricks" I learned from my experiences. Hopefully, this might be helpful for others. (Note: I tried to lists things that might not be so obvious and a...
  14. CS Peregrina

    Language on the Camino

    How do you think your language abilities affect your Camino experience? If you speak only English… Has that hampered your ability to connect with other pilgrims? Has that hampered your ability to connect with people along the way (bar tenders, servers, store owners...
  15. C

    From one first-timer to another

    As I approach the one year anniversary of my journey along the Camino, I find my mind drifting back to the crunching of the rocky sand path under my shoes; the repetitive, meditative beat of a boy trekking across the emptiness of the Spanish plains. A boy who never expected to do embark on such...
  16. Robo

    What is Your Average Walking Distance per Day?

    There have been a few new Pilgrims on the forum recently who seem worried about the distance they 'have' to walk each day. Of course the daily distance is a totally personal thing. So as to make this poll as scientific as possible, this Poll relates to the Camino Frances only and during good...
  17. P

    A Few Random Questions

    Hello all! I have e few questions that have been ruminating in my head for a while now in regard to my plans to walk from St. Jean to Santiago in July-August of this summer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :) 1.) The first thing that I've been confused about is what it is like for you...
  18. Jakke

    Notes to self after my Camino

    Background: I walked the Camino Portugues in September/October of 2016. It was dry all the way. In Pedron the doctor stopped me ("Please, do come back next year -- with better shoes!"). So I bought new shoes and broke them in by going by train to Coimbra and seeing that city. No success. So...
  19. BrendanB

    What to call it - El Camino or The Way?

    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and was wondering what do you refer to the Camino as? El Camino or The Way? I have heard from people in Santiago that a lot of people from the States and England refer to it as The Way while most europeans refer to it as El Camino. Can anyone help a fellow...
  20. sabbott

    The Top Ten Things I've Learned from this Forum

    Two years ago I kissed my son Colin goodbye at the airport and watched him and his 15 lb backpack disappear into a security line. He was on his way to the Mexican border to begin walking the Pacific Crest Trail. 2,700 miles and four months later, he made it all the way to Canada. For a long...
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