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  1. JustJack

    Things I Fear - Revisited after my camino

    Last year, about 6 months before I left to walk the CF in May 2023, I posted a (slightly tongue-in-cheek) list of things that I was concerned about, or "feared". Thought I'd pull up that list now that I've been back home for a couple months, and see if those fears were justified. I FEAR(ed)...
  2. april_pdx

    A hard landing upon returning home

    I'm home! I've been home for a bit over a month, actually. And, as I knew would be the case, I came home to a fairly stressful situation. (One too boring/complicated to bother explaining.) And as I near being home for almost as long as I was gone, it's hard not to feel like my Camino didn't...
  3. A

    Daily blog of Camino experience

    Hey all! Last month I walked the Camino Francés, and for each of the 32 days I was there I wrote an article and posted it online as a blog. The blogs covered my musings and thoughts, in relationship to real life and also a bit of politics. It was part of a project for myself as I walked. I am...
  4. VitorLuisDS

    Lessons that the Camino taught me

    Just Finished the Camino Portuguese and was thinking about writing about the lessons my Camino taught me. I would love to hear from you guys about it. Don't underestimate the challenge! When I was planning my Camino I thought that it was hard, but not that hard. I mean, "I'm a fit person, I...
  5. Burton Axxe

    Not what I expected!

    I’ll be starting my first Camino in just over a month. Like many of you, I’ve read the guidebooks, travel literature, perused this site quite thoroughly, followed blogs, have watched vlogs and YouTube Camino videos. I think I have a good idea of what to expect. But how about you non-first...
  6. Canito6671

    Takeaways from our first Camino

    We completed our first camino (Camino Francés) Sept.–Oct. this year. We planned for a year, seeking advice from veterans in this forum, YouTube vlogs, Facebook groups, Reddit and various blogs and websites. This forum was by far the most helpful, so I wanted to follow up and share some of our...
  7. B

    Home again

    Well here I am back in the snows of Ontario after a month in Spain. I have learned a couple of things from the last Camino. Number one is that the national bird of Spain has to be the common house fly. I once again learned to eat with one hand and flap the other hand wildly around to protect...
  8. Paintboy2

    So long old friend,

    When Paulo Coehlo said "Do it now" he wasn't kidding. Six years ago I completed my first Camino at age 60. As I write this I'm looking at the early morning sunrise from the lounge at the airport in Madrid, having completed my 6th Camino. My 6th and last! Six years ago I had the knees God gave me...
  9. BookGirl305

    I made it one day- what I wished I had understood more clearly

    I made it one day- Pamplona to the top of Alto de Perdon. Back home now and mulling it over, there are things I wish had been clearer before I left. And before I get too far- I take full responsibility for not fully understanding. But I do need to let y'all know there were multiple places where...
  10. BillW

    Post-Camino Travel: A Mistake or a Blessing?

    I'm doing my first Camino in August (Le Puy to Santiago). I'm considering planning a week or two vacation somewhere in Europe afterwards with my wife and some close friends. (We live in the United States.) I've heard so much about the emotions one feels post-Camino, so I'm wondering if a...
  11. jungleboy

    How do you feel when you finish a camino?

    This morning I was editing our podcast about arriving in Finisterre in June and I was struck by re-listening to @Wendy Werneth describe her emotions - or lack thereof - at the end of caminos in general. This is what she said in the episode: “The emotions that I feel are never the emotions that...
  12. JustJack

    Adjusting to “real life” after the Camino - how long did it take?

    After 30-some days walking, being introspective and living mindfully, I have to assume it takes some time to readjust to the real world after finishing. I’m thinking/guessing I will need at least a week before returning to work after the Camino, to reacclimatize. What have other’s experience...
  13. TrvlDad1

    How Do You End Your Camino

    I just finished Joyce Rupp's book, Walk in A Relaxed Manner, and the last chapter highlighted conflicted feelings I have struggled with each time I have walked into Santiago, i.e., elation, depression, disappointment and anxiety, all at the same time. She talks about how she and her partner...
  14. VNwalking

    On the Camino: One Day at a Time, one Photo at a Time 4.0.

    Continuing our wonderful sharing on a new thread. (Haha, please don't feel shy to post here again today even if you already posted in the other thread! And don't worry about repeating yourself — none of us are the same people we were 6 months ago nor do we have the same eyes.) Today's choice is...
  15. Robo

    Does the Camino Ruin Us for Evermore?

    There are some great threads running about what makes us keep going when we hurt ( thank you @David ) and another old one re-emerged ( by @Elle Bieling ) around that common topic of why we walk the camino. I saw an old response of mine to that question by Elle, and it got me thinking: Why do...
  16. C

    Where to spend a relaxing week post Camino

    So I walked the last 100km from Sarria with a friend in 2018 and then walked from St Jean PDP to Pamplona with my sister in 2019. I had planned to go back and walk another section this year, but we all know too well why that didn't happen 🙄 My new plan, Covid permitting of course, is to return...
  17. ebrandt

    Joyful Camino Memories

    I was browsing my pictures and stumbled on this one. Suddenly my eyes teared up, and I really felt like I was sitting with pilgrims at Refugio Gaucelmo sharing our lives and eating....homemade apple pie! I think I may have shared as version of this story before. But as I sit here with happy...
  18. alansykes

    10th anniversary

    Saint Andrew's Day. 10 years ago today I was sitting at my first mass in Santiago cathedral, at the time speaking virtually no Spanish, when I picked up the archbishop's list of recently arrived pilgrims and realised that the "uno del Reino Unido, desde Sevilla" must be referring to me. It was...
  19. David Tallan

    Most unusual Camino souvenir

    I just came across this, I believe a souvenir from my first Camino in 1989. It is the Seal of Garcia Gonzalez de Arauzo, Master of the Order of Santiago [1214-1217]. What is your most unusual souvenir?
  20. roamingpaddy

    Heading home post Camino

    Here I am at Santiago de Compostella awaiting my plane for home. It has been a wonderful and unique experience.Reflecting here as I wait for flight I am very greatful firstly for the health to have been able to do the camino but also to the people who encouraged me and helped in practable ways...

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