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Advices not related with transport, Equipment and logistics

La Brique Jaune

Official member of la confradia del pinza del oro
Camino(s) past & future
2017: SJPDP to Finisterre
(2018): I hope and need to
#1
Hi To All,

Some advices i would like to know before my first Camino.

1-Take picture of peoples you meet.
2- Exchange email address to stay connected with people that may change your life and you don't know this right now.
3- Take your time and watch nature.
4- If you want a second part of carrot cake...take an another one.
5- Try to talk more with people.
6- The section Sarria-Santiago can be toughest one. Especially in July-August
7- If you want to abandon talk to somebody like the hospitalerios


8- And what's yours ?
 

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alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, (fall, 2018)
#5
When I first watched the forum (before I joined) I saw a notification from a person who had booklets with the words to the Spanish Mass and also some prayers, (possibly with translation) which were helpful to English speaking pilgrims. If you are that person or know where to get such a booklet please answer me!
 

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HedaP

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Frances starting SJPdP Sept/Oct 2015, April/May 2017
#6
Great advice.
Mine is...Let go of expectations and goals and just allow yourself to enjoy everything there is about this walk whether you to get to Santiago or not.
PS And don’t pack anything that you are not prepared to throw away! ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2018)
#7
When I first watched the forum (before I joined) I saw a notification from a person who had booklets with the words to the Spanish Mass and also some prayers, (possibly with translation) which were helpful to English speaking pilgrims. If you are that person or know where to get such a booklet please answer me!
The Catholic Truth Society, CTS publish an English Spanish mass book for about £2.50 plus postage. Check out their bookshop online.
Buen Camino!
 

Ahhhs

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
Porto to Santiago, April 2016
Muxia-Finisterre-Santiago, April 2016
Camino Del Norte, April 2017
#8
It can't be said often enough: Pack light!
Not only will your body feel better and recover faster from carrying less weight,
but the constant packing and unpacking and trying not to forget anything is so much easier with fewer items.
 

nomadpeah

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2015, (CF 2018)
#10
Great advice.
Mine is...Let go of expectations and goals and just allow yourself to enjoy everything there is about this walk whether you to get to Santiago or not.
PS And don’t pack anything that you are not prepared to throw away! ;)
Great advice! Take the journey as it comes.
 

mspath

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#11
These three quotes from Buddha seem most appropriate for life on or off the camino.

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.”
 

Phil W

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances to Melide, May-early July 2016,
Back to the Camino, 2017
#12
When she is impatiently waiting for me to finish packing (the CPAP and accouterments), remember its not me that she is impatient with, it is packing the CPAP.

Figure our a way to gather up my stuff faster!
 

HedaP

Veteran Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances starting SJPdP Sept/Oct 2015, April/May 2017
#13
When she is impatiently waiting for me to finish packing (the CPAP and accouterments), remember its not me that she is impatient with, it is packing the CPAP.

Figure our a way to gather up my stuff faster!
Thank you for the out loud laugh!
 

HeidiL

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Camino(s) past & future
C. Francés (2004-), C. Portugués, C. de Madrid, 1/2 V. Plata, 1/8 Levante, hospitalera Grado 2016.
#14
My favourite statement about everything Camino-related:

IT'S NOT A COMPETETION!

Works well when people boast about how early they get up, how far they walk, how light they pack.

It's not a competition. It's not a zero-sum game.
 

Mobilemejen

New Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 7, 2017
#18
When I first watched the forum (before I joined) I saw a notification from a person who had booklets with the words to the Spanish Mass and also some prayers, (possibly with translation) which were helpful to English speaking pilgrims. If you are that person or know where to get such a booklet please answer me!
For the Mass in English and Spanish (printable version), visit www.misas.org/sta.tic/descarga/missa_es_en_.pdf. For daily scripture readings of the Mass in English, visit www.ewtn.com.
 

stevov

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
walked the portuguese way (senda littoral). from porto, vila do conde via viana and redondela Jun 17
#19
It's not a race. enjoy the Camino…eat, drink, meet other pilgrims, engage with the locals, swim in the sea, and take time to experience some of the culture and history that quietly, and often times exuberantly, surrounds and sustains the Camino.
 

John H.

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF - April/May 2017
CP - Sept./2017
C? - Soon, I hope!
#20
Peanut butter. Took me 2 weeks to find "crema de cacahuete". Almost cried when I did. I know it is culturally weak of me but don't care. Mmmmm!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés Sept. 2017
Camino Portugués Apr-May 2019
#21
Excellent advice by OP. I would only add the following:
1) Yes take pictures of the people you meet, but also write their names down. You will meet so many wonderful people that when you get home you may not remember. The people I met was the best part of the Camino for me.
2) Take your time. I saw many people walking too fast and always wondered why they were in such a hurry. There is too much to see.
3) Sometimes the best views are behind you, so stop and turn around. I saw some great sunrises.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014, VDLP planned for April May 2018
#22
Perhaps something to remember when you meet the odd peregrino/a who is annoying you (snoring/hogging the power socket/talking loudly late at night/rustling plastic bags before dawn...) - 'mercy triumphs over judgement' i.e be kind, don't judge.

And if you find someone who is grumpy, give them one of your smiles - they must need one: I packed plenty and although your pack doesn't get lighter when you give them away, you might feel that your step lightens just a little.
 

lt56ny

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2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#24
Listen to your body, Your walk is your own, not the person or group that you may be walking with and most importantly; the camino will only give you what you need, not what you want.
 

Kanga

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#25
The advice I needed (and got) on my first camino? When it all gets too much, take a day off and sit in the plaza. The next day, get up and Just Keep Walking. You can do it.
 

La Brique Jaune

Official member of la confradia del pinza del oro
Camino(s) past & future
2017: SJPDP to Finisterre
(2018): I hope and need to
#28
Quote:

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#29
"Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence
and nothing too much...."
----Ralph Waldo Emerson,
----Country Life, 1858.
 

Nekodemus

Certified insane
Camino(s) past & future
Been there, done that. Keep coming back.
Most likely addicted.
#30
My first walks were very .. let's call them goal oriented. I mostly concentrated on the joy of walking, spending very little time on the places I blew through, falling in with other fast walkers. Alas, it may have been what I needed at the time, but I've had to revisit many of the places and actually see them.

I've since learned to take the time to enjoy where I'm going, taking time to enjoy a menu del dia, watch the sights, watch the locals and, most important for me, stop to see the places that are all too easy to rush through. If nothing else, then just to get a few more sellos. You may meet some interesting people that way.

Now I plan on making stops, plan on attending markets, explore the side streets, and plan on staying an extra day, or two, when I get to interesting places. Especially places like Atapuerca and the larger cities, with their rich culture - old as well as new.

It's not a race.
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016)
Via de la Plata / Sanabrés (2017)
Barcelona - Fisterra (2018)
#31
My first walks were very .. let's call them goal oriented. I mostly concentrated on the joy of walking, spending very little time on the places I blew through, falling in with other fast walkers. Alas, it may have been what I needed at the time, but I've had to revisit many of the places and actually see them.

I've since learned to take the time to enjoy where I'm going, taking time to enjoy a menu del dia, watch the sights, watch the locals and, most important for me, stop to see the places that are all too easy to rush through. If nothing else, then just to get a few more sellos. You may meet some interesting people that way.

Now I plan on making stops, plan on attending markets, explore the side streets, and plan on staying an extra day, or two, when I get to interesting places. Especially places like Atapuerca and the larger cities, with their rich culture - old as well as new.

It's not a race.
Right! I very much agree. The only note on the side: I got fed up with the menu del dia, so I soon learned to look for other food.
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016)
Via de la Plata / Sanabrés (2017)
Barcelona - Fisterra (2018)
#32
Peanut butter. Took me 2 weeks to find "crema de cacahuete". Almost cried when I did. I know it is culturally weak of me but don't care. Mmmmm!
Yes! I missed the dark rye bread I eat here in Finland. I have to admit, though, that peanut butter tastes better with lighter bread.
 

bikerkvw

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Inglish, Camino de la Plata. Future Camino Francis
#34
The advice I needed (and got) on my first camino? When it all gets too much, take a day off and sit in the plaza. The next day, get up and Just Keep Walking. You can do it.
I love this advice.
 

kirkie

Pilgrim
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#36
When I first watched the forum (before I joined) I saw a notification from a person who had booklets with the words to the Spanish Mass and also some prayers, (possibly with translation) which were helpful to English speaking pilgrims. If you are that person or know where to get such a booklet please answer me!
Another option, anywhere with wifi, any time in the whole wide world:
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (Sept2014)
Partial Frances (July 2016)
Via de la Plata (April 2019)
#37
Share your blister pack freely, the kindness will come back in so many ways.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Veteran Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
#38
It can't be said often enough: Pack light!
Not only will your body feel better and recover faster from carrying less weight,
but the constant packing and unpacking and trying not to forget anything is so much easier with fewer items.
Hi , pack light is in my opinion relative .
My pack is around 9kg. and for me that’s light.

When I was young ;) we walked always in the mountains and my pack was around 15kg. Because we had to carry our own food supply of about four days .

Wish you well , Peter .
 
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