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Camino Journal- would you write in mine?

Would you anonymously write a journal entry for a stranger along the Camino?

  • Yes

    Votes: 19 59.4%
  • No

    Votes: 3 9.4%
  • Depends on how I felt in the moment of being asked

    Votes: 13 40.6%
  • Only if I knew the person who asked me.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Only if I did not know the person who asked me.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I don't know.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    32

MeganG22

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-->SdC
(Oct3-Nov3 2012)
Pamplona-->SdC
(Oct1-Oct29 2014)
Upcoming!
Pamplona-->SdC
May 1-? 2017
#1
Hello everyone! A random question this morning.... I will be bringing a notebook with me along the Camino, hoping to write much much more than I did two years ago. I had an idea several months ago of bringing along a second notebook (very small, no weight at all =) and having people write their own thoughts in it all along the way- people I meet in abergues, people I have a coffee with at small cafes, people I may never even really talk to. It would not be organized any certain way, there would be no rules about it, it could be all anonymous... whatever someone felt like sharing, writing, quoting, or talking about. I did a version of this at a summer camp in Colorado this summer but didn't follow through with it as much as I wish I had.

So, my question: If some strange girl handed you a notebook and asked you to write something- anything- in it... would you?

Added a poll in here just in case it's easier ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
The Camino Frances 2005
The Portugese Camino 2014
The Camino Ingles Easter 2015
The Camino Ingles April 2016
The Camino del Norte/The Primitivo 2016
#2
Hi Vagando2011, I think I would write in your journal if you asked me to, but I would request some time to think what to write - maybe half an hour or so. First of all, English is not my first language and I would need time to phrase the writing in the correct way. Secondly it is a huge thing to write in somebodyelses notebook and I would want it to be right - to have my thoughts come across in the way, I meant them to be...
I do think it is a good idea, very interesting and there is a great perspektive to it, you can end up with a wonderful selection of thoughts.
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
#3
Definately yes as long as you weren't expecting a booker prize entry. My writing was mostly restricted to engineering report writing so would be practical rather than literary.
 

jennie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
from st jean - estella 2013 ponferrada-santiago 2012.hope/expect to do full camino with y
sister in sept 14. we completed our walk in 2014?puenta la reina to belarado june 2016,
#4
Hello everyone! A random question this morning.... I will be bringing a notebook with me along the Camino, hoping to write much much more than I did two years ago. I had an idea several months ago of bringing along a second notebook (very small, no weight at all =) and having people write their own thoughts in it all along the way- people I meet in abergues, people I have a coffee with at small cafes, people I may never even really talk to. It would not be organized any certain way, there would be no rules about it, it could be all anonymous... whatever someone felt like sharing, writing, quoting, or talking about. I did a version of this at a summer camp in Colorado this summer but didn't follow through with it as much as I wish I had.

So, my question: If some strange girl handed you a notebook and asked you to write something- anything- in it... would you?

Added a poll in here just in case it's easier ;)
i think its a really lovely idea !! i wish i had thought of it when i meet some amazing people on my little caminos.but i would suggest picking the right time is very important,but yes great idea if done at the right time.
 

jeffnd

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2014
#6
I think this is a great idea and I would gladly write something if someone asked me. But like Ekelund said, I would need a bit of time to think about what to write. Maybe I'll do something similar on my next Camino. But maybe I wouldn't read it until I got to Santiago or back home.
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
The Frances from Pamplona and part VF, first-aid helper and hospitalera
#7
Hi Megan - this is a fantastic idea. Something else which would be great is to have the sello of all the albergues, bars etc - anywhere where the people you meet write their entries - stamped in your notebooks and the date written in.
Cheers - Jenny
 
#8
"Would you anonymously write a journal entry for a stranger along the Camino?

Only if I knew the person who asked me."

Some sort of contradiction there, methinks?:rolleyes:

But to be serious, I would be more than happy so to do.
Not sure it would be haiku quality or a deeply philosophical reflection on the human condition.
But I would try not to be too flippant....
....and probably fail!
 

MeganG22

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-->SdC
(Oct3-Nov3 2012)
Pamplona-->SdC
(Oct1-Oct29 2014)
Upcoming!
Pamplona-->SdC
May 1-? 2017
#9
Thanks for all your responses! And bystander- LOL, didn't even think about that ;)

I should add that I would absolutely welcome entries in other languages, long entries, one sentence entries, etc. It would really be whatever anyone felt like writing at the time- no need to be philosophical if one isn't feeling so! I imagine I will present the idea at various times, perhaps announce it to a crowded albergue room and leave the notebook on my bed or tell people about it before we share a meal, who knows. People can flip to a random page and write. I plan on having the self control to wait until I am home to really go through it all. Could be amazing.... I guess we'll see :) Thanks again everyone!
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#10
Hello everyone! A random question this morning.... I will be bringing a notebook with me along the Camino, hoping to write much much more than I did two years ago. I had an idea several months ago of bringing along a second notebook (very small, no weight at all =) and having people write their own thoughts in it all along the way- people I meet in abergues, people I have a coffee with at small cafes, people I may never even really talk to. It would not be organized any certain way, there would be no rules about it, it could be all anonymous... whatever someone felt like sharing, writing, quoting, or talking about. I did a version of this at a summer camp in Colorado this summer but didn't follow through with it as much as I wish I had.

So, my question: If some strange girl handed you a notebook and asked you to write something- anything- in it... would you?

Added a poll in here just in case it's easier ;)

I think at day's end , it might work for you. Understand that some walking pilgrims have a lot going on, pain, worries, sleepless nights. I think at rest stops they NEED their rest and may not be 'happy' to oblige. But I can picture many, at days end, after a shower and a rest who would be willing to share thoughts with you. I had a few walkers ask to leave a message in my little notebooks...one in Korean with little illustrations. Some left their favorite quote. Perhaps writers seek out other writers? Give it a try, but consider a bit of timing. Buen Camino!
 

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