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  1. jungleboy

    What does the 'spirit of the camino' mean to you?

    I searched for an existing thread like this and although I found a few that mention the camino spirit, I didn't find one where different people explained what it meant to them. The spirit of the camino is a feeling experienced on the trail that can be hard to define or to explain to...
  2. trecile

    On this date in October...

    Here's the thread to post pictures, musings, etc. for any dates in October from any year, and for any Camino route. When you respond, please mention the date, route you were on and where you walked (or rested) that day. Thanks!
  3. VNwalking

    One Day at a time, One Photo at a Time (Part 3)

    A few of us can now think of walking or are even out there on the camino, while the rest of us can only wait, and cultivate patience Rounds one and two of this thread have allowed us all a chance to turn towards the happy memories day by day, and to share the gift of walking even when we cannot...
  4. trecile

    On this date in September...

    Here's the thread to post pictures, musings, etc. for any dates in September from any year, and for any Camino route. When you respond, please mention the date, route you were on and where you walked (or rested) that day. Thanks!
  5. trecile

    What's your earliest Camino connection?

    The first school that I attended was El Camino Elementary School when I was five years old. What's your earliest "connection" to the Camino?
  6. VNwalking

    Ancient churches on the San Salvador, Primitivo, and Via de la Plata

    Looking around online for some information about a virtual Camino de las Asturias, I stumbled across this beautiful article that describes some of the oldest churches in Spain, in detail and with photographs. https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/the-ancient-churches-of-spain/ Then, as one does, I...
  7. ramble-on

    Best One Day Walk on Any Camino?

    As preface, I had booked myself to walk (with a pilgrim I'd traveled with on a previous trek) on the Camino d’Arles, leaving March 24, 2020. For obvious reasons that did not happen, so I have been re-living my memories of previous caminos. I’ve been very fortunate to have walked the Camino...
  8. David

    Pre-Pilgrim times - photos of when you were young?

    Heya ... oh dear, lockdown ... rambling mind had a thought - we meet pilgrims on Camino 'as they are' and virtually meet on the forum ... but what did we look like in our formative years, decades before we became the glorious and gorgeous heroes of Camino that we now are .. I will start ...
  9. 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...
  10. Iriebabel

    Explain your forum Avatar (name and picture).

    Ok so I am bored post 2 weeks foot surgery doing ok have a follow up for stitches removal tomorrow. I thought I’d jump on the Fun thread train. No offense meant @Pelen but no poll attached. By the way I enjoyed the where you are from thread. So just in case you are wondering what my avatar...
  11. SabineP

    Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2020?

    Thanks to everyone who contributed in the 2019 thread about all the lovely local walks. Let's continue in 2020.
  12. peregrina2000

    New sub-forum for caregivers?

    I have been in touch with another peregrina who finds herself in my situation, with increasing caregiving responsibilities at home. Though I am getting great support here from family, friends, and professionals, I find that trying to figure out how to continue the camino is not a topic I can...
  13. 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...
  14. henrythedog

    If you set out as a walker, did you become a pilgrim?

    I’m not a philosopher - nor would I say I’m especially religious. (Baptised into the Church of England, therefore belief in God optional) I have ‘camino’d four times so far and intend to carry on twice each year. I set out as a walker - but always find there is something ‘other’ which I feel...
  15. David Manzo

    How do you prepare for the faith journey of the Camino?

    As a new member, I greatly appreciate the insights of others on how to prepare for the practical aspects of the Camino (lodging, packing, routes, etc). Thank you! I know not everyone does the Camino for reasons of faith, yet for those who are on a faith journey, how do you prepare for the...
  16. peregrina2000

    Coastal alternatives to the Norte's asphalt

    To explain -- I walked the Norte in 2007 and suffered mightily with all the pavement. In fact, I found my foot in a walking cast for about 4 months afterwards due to the pounding. Tarsal tunnel is what they called it. I went back to the Norte this year and got a lot of forum help in finding...
  17. timr

    A Bovine Incident - todo toro

    I'm separating this, but I'll link to it from my Live from the Camino thread. Two bits of background. First, I'm a city person at heart. From Liverpool. I love the sound of the bin lorry as much as the dawn chorus. I live in a very rural part of Ireland. It's like parts of the Camino, but with...
  18. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    This feels like the right year for me to walk the Camino-- much change in my life, and many "What's it all about?" questions to chew on. But I'm feeling fear, because I'm not in the best shape of my life. If it's possible to "train as I go," I'd really like to get on the road in May-- before...
  19. D

    Galicia webcams

    After being offline for a while, the webcams are back up and in high definition!!! http://www.crtvg.es/crtvg/camaras-web#.T5prMcXfXIU
  20. 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...