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Pancho

Peregrino Nuevo
Camino(s) past & future
September 2018
#1
I’m starting the Camino France in Pamplona September 4, 2018. Anyone out there on a first time Camino , like me, seeking a walking partner?
 

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Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
Alone.
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CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
with my wife Pat.
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CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
together again :-)
#3
I’m starting the Camino France in Pamplona September 4, 2018. Anyone out there on a first time Camino , like me, seeking a walking partner?
Don’t worry, you will meet dozens, just like you, on day 1 ;)
 

André Walker

Never lost my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2011 on my own, 2014 with my wife), Del Norte to Finisterre (2016). 2018: Via de la Plata.
#4
Being married, my wife and I spent a couple of years walking each holiday a section from Holland (where we live) to St. Jean.

Then, in 2011, decided to walk from St. Jean to Santiago on my own. This proved to be the best decision we could have made. The experience of walking on my own versus walking together with my wife proved to be very different. When walking together we used to always meet people as a couple. And when taking a break, going out for dinner, looking for a place to sleep, we never had to bother about connecting to other people: we had each other.

Walking the Frances on my own made me open up to other people much more than I would have walking it together with my wife. On this Camino a group of people were formed in a kind of natural way: just a number of people walking on their own, but meeting each other regularly, because we had a similar pace of walking. So we kept bumping in to each other, without actually walking together for more than a couple of miles. But, we became friends and are now meeting each other annualy for a kind of Camino reunion, each time in a different place (where one of us lives). This group of friends comes from different countries: England, Ireland, France, Spain, Rumania, Australia, Italy, Holland. I doubt if something like this would have happened if I would have walked it together with my wife.

My wife was supposed to walk the Frances in 2014, also on her own, but she got cold feet about it, only speaking one foreign language (English) poorly. So we decided I would walk the Frances again, joining her for as long she wanted. I spent 5 days walking together with her, teaching her how to find an ATM, how to order her favourite coffee or check into an albergue. On the 5th day she made it clear to me that she felt confident enough to continue on her own. So we parted ways, each of us walking our own camino, in our own pace. So we walked the Frances seperately, joining each other shortly before Santiago, to walk the last two stages, finishing the Camino as we started it: together.

My wife really enjoyed walking on her own, grasping the full Camino experience. And so did I.

So don't feel worried about walking on your own. There will be plenty of people like you. If you are willing to open up to other people, your Camino might have some special, meaningful encounters in store for you.

On my first Camino, in the group of people that kept bumping into each other every couple of days, was an Irish man that had a great idea: he suggested to go to the local church (or cathedral, in the bigger towns) at 6 p.m. to see who would also turn up. This actually worked. One day I walked into a town, and would really like to join up with one of the people I had met before. Went to the church at 6 p.m. finding 5 fellow pilgrims also waiting. Found out that this idea from the Irish man had been adopted by the people he met. This way the group of people meeting at churches at 6 p.m. grew and grew.

I'm sorry for the length of my story. I don't mean to bother you with it. I only hope that you'll feel more confident about walking it 'on your own' and that you'll have a wonderful experience.

Enjoy it!!!
 

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JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
C. de Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
#6
Better to decide who you want to walk with while on the trail. You can get a sense of their pace and, more importantly, if you are compatible. Feeling compelled to walk with someone you don't like absolutely will ruin your experience.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
C. de Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
#7
And, that being said, I urge you to try just walking on your own to begin with. More intimate experience with your surroundings AND much easier to get a bed in the albergie if you're just looking for one.
 

Pancho

Peregrino Nuevo
Camino(s) past & future
September 2018
#8
Being married, my wife and I spent a couple of years walking each holiday a section from Holland (where we live) to St. Jean.

Then, in 2011, decided to walk from St. Jean to Santiago on my own. This proved to be the best decision we could have made. The experience of walking on my own versus walking together with my wife proved to be very different. When walking together we used to always meet people as a couple. And when taking a break, going out for dinner, looking for a place to sleep, we never had to bother about connecting to other people: we had each other.

Walking the Frances on my own made me open up to other people much more than I would have walking it together with my wife. On this Camino a group of people were formed in a kind of natural way: just a number of people walking on their own, but meeting each other regularly, because we had a similar pace of walking. So we kept bumping in to each other, without actually walking together for more than a couple of miles. But, we became friends and are now meeting each other annualy for a kind of Camino reunion, each time in a different place (where one of us lives). This group of friends comes from different countries: England, Ireland, France, Spain, Rumania, Australia, Italy, Holland. I doubt if something like this would have happened if I would have walked it together with my wife.

My wife was supposed to walk the Frances in 2014, also on her own, but she got cold feet about it, only speaking one foreign language (English) poorly. So we decided I would walk the Frances again, joining her for as long she wanted. I spent 5 days walking together with her, teaching her how to find an ATM, how to order her favourite coffee or check into an albergue. On the 5th day she made it clear to me that she felt confident enough to continue on her own. So we parted ways, each of us walking our own camino, in our own pace. So we walked the Frances seperately, joining each other shortly before Santiago, to walk the last two stages, finishing the Camino as we started it: together.

My wife really enjoyed walking on her own, grasping the full Camino experience. And so did I.

So don't feel worried about walking on your own. There will be plenty of people like you. If you are willing to open up to other people, your Camino might have some special, meaningful encounters in store for you.

On my first Camino, in the group of people that kept bumping into each other every couple of days, was an Irish man that had a great idea: he suggested to go to the local church (or cathedral, in the bigger towns) at 6 p.m. to see who would also turn up. This actually worked. One day I walked into a town, and would really like to join up with one of the people I had met before. Went to the church at 6 p.m. finding 5 fellow pilgrims also waiting. Found out that this idea from the Irish man had been adopted by the people he met. This way the group of people meeting at churches at 6 p.m. grew and grew.

I'm sorry for the length of my story. I don't mean to bother you with it. I only hope that you'll feel more confident about walking it 'on your own' and that you'll have a wonderful experience.

Enjoy it!!!
Thank you Sir
 

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