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Any Resolutions for repeat Pilgrims?

2020 Camino Guides

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
I’m getting ready to walk the Camino Frances for the second time. My first attempt was aborted in León due to health issues. I’ve written a handful of “resolutions” for this Camino. I wonder if anyone else has done this? If so, would you share yours?
 

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
My Resolutions:

1. To consciously reach out to others more this time and hide less behind my introversion.
2. To be more tolerant of other pilgrims that I perceive as rude, not caring, and the snorers.
3. To seek out more church Albergues that have communal meals and services of blessing in the evening.
4. To be more conscious of the scenery and the towns I pass through rather than focusing on just the cafe con leche and the daily destination.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
No resolutions; but giving due consideration to the lessons that were learned, and then implementing those lessons. :)

After many thousands of miles of backpacking, including walking Camino twice, there are always things to be learned, techniques to be improved upon, and attitudes to be adjusted :)
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
On my first camino (Geneva to Finisterre) I noticed I had a real problem 'letting go' with people. I would meet lovely people, be with them a while (days, weeks) then get really upset when I never saw them again. Then it occurred to me this was a massive problem in my 'real' life too, one that I hadn't really pinpointed until my camino. It almost ruined the end of my first camino.

So much so that from Santiago I took an overnight bus (well busses) back to SJPdP, got off the bus and walked again with my 'problem' in mind. My resolution was to let people into my life, then be happy (for them too) when they literally walked out of my life again. It worked. And something that made my life at home better and more beautiful.

Davey
 

Panka

returning pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
2016 sept. 4 - CF
2019 sept. 2 - CF
I am starting my second camino too in september. What my approach is to take all my lessons learned from the first attempt. Many things went wrong due to lack of focus on what really matters, due to insufficient packing, lack of training. I realised that I started walking 3 years ago with certain expectations and when reality became very different it hit me like concrete, the emotional impact was huge.
This time I trained, got the right tools, made proper precautions, and more importantly I decided to take baby steps. I am gonna rest when I am tired, I have no expectations - I am open whatever has to happen with me on the road.
 

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
I am starting my second camino too in september. What my approach is to take all my lessons learned from the first attempt. Many things went wrong due to lack of focus on what really matters, due to insufficient packing, lack of training. I realised that I started walking 3 years ago with certain expectations and when reality became very different it hit me like concrete, the emotional impact was huge.
This time I trained, got the right tools, made proper precautions, and more importantly I decided to take baby steps. I am gonna rest when I am tired, I have no expectations - I am open whatever has to happen with me on the road.
Bravo Panka!! I hope our paths run parallel at some point!!
 

Terry Ruttger

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2017); Finisterre (2018); Ingles (2019); Hospitalera (2019)
I don’t make resolutions but I start with a question. It’s tucked away during my time on the trail (I don’t dwell on it) and I have reached clarity each time - either in Spain or when I return home.
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
A total of eight in the past 6 years!
Sorry, but I run on café con leche! I suppose I should resolve to let that go! But I am so very happy when I can have one! I will resolve to try not to get crabby at the end of the day, pushing through those last rough, five kilometers, when all looks bleak! I resolve to love more - others regardless of who they are, myself and my process, and the journey itself! Tall, tall order!
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2015
Be the Camino angel on this one. My 2nd Camino I purposely set out to help others, packing little extras to give out. It was a very peaceful walk. I also wouldn't walk with a distance in mind. You might have to make reservations for the next day, but don't worry about finishing this time (it's the journey, not the destination after the 1st one). It's nice to stop at Sarria. Happy Trails aka Buen Camino again!
 

Rich1

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2015)
Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
I start my 4th camino from SJPdP tomorrow - my only thought is to not think of it as a repeat but as a totally new experience. And try not to compare it to previous journeys .
Buen camino
 

Mark Duda

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2014)
May the sun and the moon and the road embrace you. May your friends feel close. May your happiness be a welcome and frequent visitor to your home. May your home be wherever you walk. May your Camino never end.

Buen Camino.
 

John H.

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF - 2017
CP Central - 2017
CP Coastal - 2018
CF - [hopefully again someday]
For my third walk (CP), I made a resolution to slow down a bit to ~ 22-25 km’s/day, not 30-40 kms like previous walks. It allowed me to enjoy more community with familiar faces most days somewhere along the trail and at Santiago.

To force myself to slowdown, I didn’t train for this walk like I did for previous ones. I don’t recommend this for others but it worked for me. 😃😃😃
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
For my approaching camino, I find myself drawn to letting my senses appreciate the environment: opening my eyes, ears and other senses to where I am and focusing less on the day's goal, more on the moments.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
Not resolutions but after our first camino I thought that doing the following would be good. Spend more time learning things and wandering around towns. Speak with the locals more. Eat afternoon menus del dia and less pilgrim meals.

Camino 2 is coming up and it is on a less traveled one, during a less traveled time of year, and solo. I think that is going to help me do the above.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (29/09/2019)
My resolution is too 'be', no expectations, avoid resistance, only flow in the moment. My purpose is to return to walk the Meseta and listen. All the answers you ever need are another question formulating in the recesses of your mind and eventually you'll 'be' your own 'answer' 🙏🤠
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Not resolutions but after our first camino I thought that doing the following would be good. Spend more time learning things and wandering around towns. Speak with the locals more. Eat afternoon menus del dia and less pilgrim meals.

Camino 2 is coming up and it is on a less traveled one, during a less traveled time of year, and solo. I think that is going to help me do the above.
Wow, Rick, I'm impressed. I knew you were planning this solo adventure, but didn't realize it was your 2nd Camino...figured maybe four or more were under your belt already! I've been on five and don't think I'd choose to do the one you plan...unless going with Laurie! 😉
 

aname4me

aname4me
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
Not resolutions but after our first camino I thought that doing the following would be good. Spend more time learning things and wandering around towns. Speak with the locals more. Eat afternoon menus del dia and less pilgrim meals.

Camino 2 is coming up and it is on a less traveled one, during a less traveled time of year, and solo. I think that is going to help me do the above.
Eat afternoon menus del dia and less pilgrim meals.

That was my big change for my 2nd Camino......
On my 3rd Camino I added.... eat more Communal meals

Good food and Good conversation.......
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles, June (2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Le Puy-Santiago (2023)
I finished my 2nd Camino in June, different route (CI) and very different experience. My resolution or maybe better, my understanding is to go without preconceived expectations and to cherish each day, person and experience. I expect to do a 3rd Camino in a couple years when I retire, I plan to begin with a blank slate regarding expectations.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
Wow, Rick, I'm impressed. I knew you were planning this solo adventure, but didn't realize it was your 2nd Camino...figured maybe four or more were under your belt already! I've been on five and don't think I'd choose to do the one you plan...unless going with Laurie! 😉
It is Restaurant Week in Boston with special deals and Peg and I went to a tapas and pincho place last evening. It has caused me to reconsider. Instead of walking to San Sebastián after Peg goes home I may just fly there and eat for a month.

(Not serious)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
It is Restaurant Week in Boston with special deals and Peg and I went to a tapas and pincho place last evening. It has caused me to reconsider. Instead of walking to San Sebastián after Peg goes home I may just fly there and eat for a month.

(Not serious)
After all that eating you can "roll" solo on into Santiago...no more walking needed.
 

K Turner

One step at a time
Camino(s) past & future
14 August 2019 (SJPdP 16 August)
I don't think this is a resolution per se, since I'm on my first CF right now. I've found one thing though that really sticks out to me, and that's to remember to stop and turn around often. The most amazing photos I've taken have been ones looking back. It is of course a great reminder of how far I've come, but mostly it's about the change in perspective.
 

valcamino.67

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2016
I am starting my second camino too in september. What my approach is to take all my lessons learned from the first attempt. Many things went wrong due to lack of focus on what really matters, due to insufficient packing, lack of training. I realised that I started walking 3 years ago with certain expectations and when reality became very different it hit me like concrete, the emotional impact was huge.
This time I trained, got the right tools, made proper precautions, and more importantly I decided to take baby steps. I am gonna rest when I am tired, I have no expectations - I am open whatever has to happen with me on the road.
Me too Panka....I too am walking this September into October and have decided also to slow it down. I realized after my first Camino, that my goal was to get to Santiago...afterwards I realized it was about the journey. Time to be present and take it all in. Buen Camino!
 

tomnorth

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015)
My Resolutions:

1. To consciously reach out to others more this time and hide less behind my introversion.
2. To be more tolerant of other pilgrims that I perceive as rude, not caring, and the snorers.
3. To seek out more church Albergues that have communal meals and services of blessing in the evening.
4. To be more conscious of the scenery and the towns I pass through rather than focusing on just the cafe con leche and the daily destination.
That’s a great list. Buen Camino.
 

Rover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis, Fall 2016
I’m getting ready to walk the Camino Frances for the second time. My first attempt was aborted in León due to health issues. I’ve written a handful of “resolutions” for this Camino. I wonder if anyone else has done this? If so, would you try morning share yours?
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No resolution, I repeated this to myself as I started to walk each morning. "I'm strong, I'm healthy, I'm healthy . . . sure enough!"
 

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
I am starting my second camino too in september. What my approach is to take all my lessons learned from the first attempt. Many things went wrong due to lack of focus on what really matters, due to insufficient packing, lack of training. I realised that I started walking 3 years ago with certain expectations and when reality became very different it hit me like concrete, the emotional impact was huge.
This time I trained, got the right tools, made proper precautions, and more importantly I decided to take baby steps. I am gonna rest when I am tired, I have no expectations - I am open whatever has to happen with me on the road.
Thanks Panka for your reflections! When will you be walking?
 

Malachiuri

CaminoTranquilo
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean to Burgos '17
St Jean to Fisterra '18
St Jean to Fisterra '20
Portuguese '20
Norte '21
1. Ask at least 10 people a day if they are doing ok.
2. Treat 1 person to a drink(coffee, Aquarius, beer, whatever) a day.
3. Be in the moment. Stop and see the Camino from time to time, not just look at it.
4. Make a new friend every day(not east for me, I am naturally a very private person)
5. Always let people walk their own Camino. There is no right or wrong way. Even the bus tour folks...

M
 

bbates225

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June/July (2017) Camino Frances (couldn't finish)
June/July (2020) Camino Frances (will try again)
My Resolutions:

1. To consciously reach out to others more this time and hide less behind my introversion.
2. To be more tolerant of other pilgrims that I perceive as rude, not caring, and the snorers.
3. To seek out more church Albergues that have communal meals and services of blessing in the evening.
4. To be more conscious of the scenery and the towns I pass through rather than focusing on just the cafe con leche and the daily destination.
I love your resolutions. The same thing happened to me in 2017. My Camino ended in Astorga... also health issues of a sort. When I decided to finish from Astorga in 2020, I thought about the exact things you mentioned above and have decided to start over in SJPDP. The snorers never bothered me (much), I prepared myself going in and just lay awake and listened if that is what I had to do. But your other resolutions are as if you have read my mind. Regarding snorers, I made an observation my first night in an albergue. We pilgrims are from all over the world, different languages, different accents, but laying there that first night, happy to finally beginning my Camino, I observed that we all snore in the same language 😍

Buen Camino!
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
My resolutions

Walk slowly and try to appreciate the camino like and old wine.

Walk slowly event if I do not have a reservation.

To be able to sleep a good night of sleep even if we are 70 people in the same room!

To walk a new camino every april may of every year if the health is there.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Not resolutions but after our first camino I thought that doing the following would be good. Spend more time learning things and wandering around towns. Speak with the locals more. Eat afternoon menus del dia and less pilgrim meals.

Camino 2 is coming up and it is on a less traveled one, during a less traveled time of year, and solo. I think that is going to help me do the above.
Solo? No Peg?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
My resolution is too 'be', no expectations, avoid resistance, only flow in the moment. My purpose is to return to walk the Meseta and listen. All the answers you ever need are another question formulating in the recesses of your mind and eventually you'll 'be' your own 'answer' 🙏🤠
On the word "be" let me suggest a look at something Elle recommended to me: Cynthia Bourgeault. Just google her. I don't think this is hijacking the intention of the thread...
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
As you can see on this forum there are several pelgrims that just keep walking Camino’s. I’m one of them.

I thought a lot about it and reached a conclusion: these repetitive pilgrims are people that cannot stand changes.

😉
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Doing this without her although we two will be tourists with a friend for two weeks before the camino. The distances between lodgings is a bit long for the current state of her hips.
Aw! Anyway, glad to know that you will have some time to enjoy together. Wishing you the best of everything.
 

koilife

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF w/ son #1 (2013); Logrono-Leon/Salvador/Primitivo w/ son #2 (2016)
Spend more time learning things and wandering around towns. Speak with the locals more. Eat afternoon menus del dia and less pilgrim meals.
Ditto to the above.
Also, I started looking ahead to local cultural events and made decisions on where to stop based on that. If it was night life, I stayed at a pension or other inexpensive (non-alburgue) option so I could stay out.

Edit --- Oh, and to drink more vino tinto!

Edit x2 --- And to attend Mass in every cathedral along the way (and get a sello from them).
 
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Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (29/09/2019)
On the word "be" let me suggest a look at something Elle recommended to me: Cynthia Bourgeault. Just google her. I don't think this is hijacking the intention of the thread...
I appreciate the intention @kirkie but having searched Google and her website I'm unable to find where she refers to "be" and why 'me'? Just curious and I prefer too think my thoughts our my own, I've deliberately avoided others writings as prefer not to be influenced in my own journey by others insights and findings, I expect they become spiritual guides or Guru and I prefer to believe 'I am' my own guide and master and the Camino, university of life and hard knocks is my Education 🤠
 
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