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COVID Finished walking the Camino del Norte via the Primitivo

Rain

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Del norte, french, Portuguese, via dela plata. Sanabrese, Murcia and finestere
Finished the camino on the 4th September after walking mainly solo for 28 days from Bayonne to Santiago via the primitivo.

Reaching Santiago was no different from all other pilgrimages, but the spirit on the camino was différént, but covid did not kill it. The camino is still filled with love, support and unity.

The spirit of the camino is still alive, We wished each other buen camino and embraced each other emotional but were more cautious about touching and mixing with new groups of pilgrims to avoid infection and super spreading.

We did not eat together or share food or sleep in large groups. Albergues on the primitivo easily separated pilgrims because there weren't more than 5 to 10 pilgrims per day. But it got harder
Especially from Melide where we joined the Frances.

Due to the increased numbers of pilgrims on the frances. Unfortunately most albeurges there did not segregate and I once found myself within a large group of pilgrims that were travelling together, but to their credit most albergues were clean and sanitised.

This was my most hardest camino and covid made it harder. Although I am glad I walked it, because the spirit of the camino lives. Not to mention the warmth and hospitality of Spanish people.

It was sad to see Santiago virtually empty, which was not due to a lack of pilgrims. They came in sizeable numbers daily, but were not able to fill the city because other vital components such as tourists and some business were missing.

Walking the camino during covid is not impossible but has its difficulties. I can't wait to return to the camino when Covid-19 is over and experience it once again in its full glory.
 

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Well done! Lovely photos Rain.
Sounds like a unique experience to do it at a time like this.
Safe journey home!
 

Rain

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Del norte, french, Portuguese, via dela plata. Sanabrese, Murcia and finestere
Well done! Lovely photos Rain.
Sounds like a unique experience to do it at a time like this.
Safe journey home!
It was Jim. But in all honesty I wouldn't recommend it, but
Well done! Lovely photos Rain.
Sounds like a unique experience to do it at a time like this.
Safe journey home!
As usual the camino blessed me with personal growth, insights and awareness. I wouldn't recommend doing it right now, but I would do it again because the call to the camino was stronger than the caution for covid
 

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