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etiquette & norms

  1. trecile

    Pilgrim "customs"?

    I've been asked to do a presentation on Walking the Modern Camino. I have been asked several questions in advance, and some have to do with pilgrim "customs." Specifically I have been asked about these "customs": burning your clothes in Finisterre/Muxia, dropping stones at the Cruz de Ferro...
  2. D

    Significance of burning personal items at Finisterre

    Hey Pilgrims, What is the significance of burning personal possessions when reaching the end of the world at Finisterre?
  3. The Ladies Bathroom!

    The Ladies Bathroom!

    Even though a City Girl, Pat is very used to it now............ When a girls gotta go................
  4. Camino Toilet Tips

    Camino Toilet Tips

    The 'Boss' was shocked to see this! I know most people here are careful but maybe for Newbies it helps to illustrate the problem.
  5. Icacos

    The proper way 'to go'

    This image has been posted recently on the forum, and some persons - myself included - have made light of it. However, I'm being serious here. Aside from the drawing (which is what was made light of) the words above the drawing say, "Here, it is like this." I'm struggling with how to put this...
  6. Icacos

    Cross-cultural etiquette

    "....it's worth knowing that in some European countries there are quite extablished rules of etiquette for when dining out. There may be some cross-cultural stuff going on here where one person is referring to the good manners expected in their country when dining in a restaurant and other...
  7. alexwalker

    Collecting garbage - A duty for conscious pilgrims?

    On my next camino (sept. or so, I think) I am going to bring a bag each day and pick up garbage. I have often done this, but not systematically. Why do it? I am tired of seeing empty plastic bottles (weighs nothing), empty sigarette packs (weighs nothing) etc etc along the trails. If I put it...
  8. K

    Racial discrimination on the Camino

    Hello and big thanks to members of the forum for sharing. I have been reading posts religiously hoping not to have to bring this question up myself. I plan on hiking the Camino Frances solo starting April 1st. I am of African descent and black ; I wonder what level of racial discrimination I may...
  9. Preshadon

    Making the Camino better

    What are the 7 best things I can do to make the Camino de Santiago better for those who will follow me and for the hosts who graciously share their beautiful country with me? Feedback is a gift, so all replies are appreciated but I am particularly interested in the response from those who live...
  10. T

    The shell

    Hi everyone. Im walking the camino in the fall of 2017. I have read that in the middle ages they would walk to the end of the world and collect a shell to prove they completed the pilgrimage. This is something I would love to do instead of carrying one from St. jean. My question is are there...
  11. Felipe

    Giving directions

    A question....what do you do when somebody asks you for the right direction in the Camino? That happens sometimes to me...I guess that people suppose that wisdom comes with age, although as you know, this is not necessarily true. :p I always study thoroughly maps and guides, even browse Google...
  12. nreyn12

    Safety Tip - Walking on the Road

    Safety Tip!!! Hi all from Samos where I am enjoying a stop on my Camino-en-Coche (road trip!). I want to share an observation from the trail and make a request / suggestion for those of you headed to the Camino. Please (please please please) be alert and vigilant when you walk! The trail is...
  13. J

    Toilet tissue on or by the trail

    First, as a new person to the Camino, let me say thank you to everyone on this forum for much useful information and insights. We are just returning from our first Camino experience. We walked one week on the Arogenes from Jaca and then one week on the Frances starting at Pamplona. (Didn't get...
  14. Albertinho

    How much should your donation be ?

    imagine ! You are walking and arrive at a "private" albergue that seems to be the house of a private family who open their house for pilgrims on their way to Santiago. You get a clean bed in a common room, you share with 10 or more others. There are hot showers ,toilets, room to wash and dry...
  15. Papist Giant

    Patches, Shells, & Symbols

    I've read somewhere that it is recommended (traditional) to identify oneself as a pelegrino with some sort of patch or symbol (a scallop shell dangling off my pack, an arrow, scallop shell patch, or even a St. James cross) Is this something I should have ahead of time? If so, which one? Are any...
  16. Carfax

    Shells - where can they go?

    I was reading up on what to do with a Shell carried for Denise. That is clear cut - I deliver the shell to the nominated address. I will be carrying shells in memory of family I have lost. My question is whether there is any custom/tradition of what you do with such shells (not the one you are...
  17. Seabird

    Backpack Etiquette - or I don't want to be a Jerk

    So, I am starting my first thread after looking through FAQs, doing a search, etc. Please forgive me if I've overlooked obvious answers on this fabulous forum. Can you give me some tips for proper "management" of my backpack on the Camino? Do I leave it outside when going into a bar? a cafe...
  18. M

    Stones on the Camino

    Hello, I am planning to go on the Camino with Camino Ways. I heard there is a stone or several stones that one must carry and drop somewhere. Please explain to me what it is and how to do it. Also, I am a woman, almost 60 years old and will be travelling alone. Is it possible to get a...
  19. S

    Cpap user

    I'm starting my first Camino in SJPP October 4th. I'm in excellent health except that I have central apnea, requiring my to sleep with a respirator. I would like to stay mostly in albergues but I need to sleep near an electrical outlet. I'll bring a 2 meter extension cord with me. Is it...
  20. T

    Litter on the Camino, any Camino, is disgraceful! Take your stuff with you!

    Hello, I don't know if this topic has been brought up before, but as I hadn't seen anything, it might be time to introduce it again. This will be a bit of a rant, but I have good reasons having recently completed the Camino Frances with my husband. Litter bothers me. I can't for the life of...