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funniest things seen abandoned on camino

David

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Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
#1
Hi all - I was idly thinking and my mind visited what pilgrims abandon, jettison, on Camino. I regularly visit Roncesvalles to do first aid and always have a good look at the double "leave it here" tables - usually full!

Heavy clothing, make up .... all sorts of things ....
some/many of you will know of Cheryl Strayed and her book, "Wild," - her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail - later made into a film (the book is so Much better!). Well, last spring I found a pristine unopened copy on the Roncesvalles tables - I found it funny as I could almost see the novice American solo female backpacker pilgrim - how she added that book to her pack so she could read it along the way, to identify with Cheryl and her epic walk as she undertook her own ..... and once she finally managed to haul herself over the pass from St Jean she abandoned it without even opening it!! hahahahaahahaaa :):):)

I took the book and read it myself -Fab book by the way, the only honest autobiography I have ever read.

So ... what did you find abandoned??????
 

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Davey Boyd

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Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
#2
Walking towards Villafranca Montes de Oca in 2015 a pilgrim came towards us obviously walking back from Santiago. We stopped dead in our tracks in disbelief, all he had on was sandals and a loincloth, and he carried a staff. After Villafranca near the Civil War monument we found what we think was his possessions. Rucksack, clothing, food, water, tent, boots, waterproofs, the lot. We think he just abandoned everything he had!
 

jsalt

Jill
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Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salv-Primitivo
#3
I took the book and read it myself -Fab book by the way, the only honest autobiography I have ever read.
I’d love to read that (the film was pretty good) – so where did you then abandon it? :) . . . so I can pick it up :p.

I found Shirley MacLaine’s book abandoned somewhere, so I picked it up and read it – not surprised that got abandoned – sorry, can’t remember where I then left it :D
Jill
 

nycwalking

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CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#5
Funniest thing ... While volunteering in Ponferrada, I'd discarded a top and bottom in pilgrim's bin. A few weeks thereafter, I walked Negriera to Fisterra with a group of pilgrim's, one of whom was wearing my discards.
 

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Camino Chris

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Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#7
Hi all - I was idly thinking and my mind visited what pilgrims abandon, jettison, on Camino. I regularly visit Roncesvalles to do first aid and always have a good look at the double "leave it here" tables - usually full!

Heavy clothing, make up .... all sorts of things ....
some/many of you will know of Cheryl Strayed and her book, "Wild," - her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail - later made into a film (the book is so Much better!). Well, last spring I found a pristine unopened copy on the Roncesvalles tables - I found it funny as I could almost see the novice American solo female backpacker pilgrim - how she added that book to her pack so she could read it along the way, to identify with Cheryl and her epic walk as she undertook her own ..... and once she finally managed to haul herself over the pass from St Jean she abandoned it without even opening it!! hahahahaahahaaa :):):)

I took the book and read it myself -Fab book by the way, the only honest autobiography I have ever read.

So ... what did you find abandoned??????
Well, I never saw anything unusual abandoned, but the biggest pile of stuff was definately in Roncevalles!

I read "Wild" too, and agree it was much better than the movie.
 
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Mark Lee

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#8
I’d love to read that (the film was pretty good) – so where did you then abandon it? :) . . . so I can pick it up :p.

I found Shirley MacLaine’s book abandoned somewhere, so I picked it up and read it – not surprised that got abandoned – sorry, can’t remember where I then left it :D
Jill
I believe I would have found a good home for Ms. MacLaine's book at the next albergue near the footwear rack. The pages would come in handy torn out and stuffed into boots/shoes so that they dry faster. :D
 
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Frances 2012
England C2C 2015
Via Francigena 2016
Le Puy 2018
#10
I believe I would have found a good home for Ms. MacLaine's book at the next albergue near the footwear rack. The pages would come in handy torn out and stuffed into boots/shoes so that they dry faster. :D
You're just jealous you weren't abducted by aliens and taken to Atlantis. o_O
 
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Mark Lee

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#15
Now Mark Lee,

You know you're upset you didn't do a duck run through a pack of snarling wild dogs in Foncebadon.
Not sure if I ever got that far in the book, ha ha. Was that before or after she realized she was a royal harlot in a previous life, or something like that? :D
 

nycwalking

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CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#16
Before Atlantian birthing episode.... And, 2001, on my first Camino when I awoke to walk Rabanal-Foncebadon-Ponferrada, I was quaking in my boots because of S.Mc.
 

VNwalking

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Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#17
It sounds entertaining, but I have to say (sorry Shirley) that I'm very glad to have missed reading this book.
The mundane Camino is deep enough without any fantastic ornamentation whatsoever.
 

nycwalking

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CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#19
Oops, Atlantean, not atlantian.
Buen camino.
 

AbbyDee

Court Jester
Camino(s) past & future
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of my 25th year, I will begin my Camino in September 2017
#21
I can't remember which year this was but this picture I took on one of my caminos, always makes me laugh and scratch my head - and then wonder who had to clean it up.
maybe someone thought they were doing a good deed for weary pilgrims.
 

Eve Alexandra

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Camino(s) past & future
Planning my first in March '17
#22
Just had to add how much I loved the book Wild. Anyone who saw the Gilmore Girls reprise on Netflix last Thanksgiving...huge giggles over "the book or the movie" fans. I watched the movie after I read the book. I liked both. :D
 
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Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
#25
Walking towards Villafranca Montes de Oca in 2015 a pilgrim came towards us obviously walking back from Santiago. We stopped dead in our tracks in disbelief, all he had on was sandals and a loincloth, and he carried a staff. After Villafranca near the Civil War monument we found what we think was his possessions. Rucksack, clothing, food, water, tent, boots, waterproofs, the lot. We think he just abandoned everything he had!
How Very odd....
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francigena (2014) September for 20 days to Roma, Camino Frances from La Puy to Rocamandour (2012) May for 24 days, Camino to Santiago from San Jean pied du port to Finisterre (2010) for 40 days Parts of the Camino northern route in Spain 5 days at a time in (2015) Via Francigina from Turin to Rome, Hospialaria volunteer in Viana Spain, volunteer on Via Francigina for September 17
#29
I volunteered in Viana for 2 weeks and one night around the dinner table 3 of the pilgrims that were walking together shared this story. The 3 had started out from Los Arcos that morning. While they were walking, blisters on one of the girls feet became so painful that she wasn't able to go on. One of her friends was going to go ahead and get help while the other stayed with her. They decided to stop a little ahead when they saw there was a bit of shade under a tree where there seemed to be a few big rocks to sit on. When they got to the spot, on the side of the biggest rock was a pair of trainers. Set nicely beside the path. The girls looked around and found no one. Looking a bit more at the shoes the girls realized that the trainers where the perfect size for the poor suffering pilgrim. She tried them on and was able to walk in them all the way to Viana. I fixed up her wounds that afternoon unbeknownst to me the story of how she found the shows that got her there. As the story unfolded around the table a quiet woman traveling on her own said it had been her that left the shoes behind. She had been carrying to much stuff, she hadn't used the shoes since she began her walk and when she stopped in the shade on the rock to have an apple she just decided to leave those shoes right there. She didn't know why she did it, she didn't think twice about it, she said she just did it and walked on. Every night in Viana there were amazing stories told around our humble table.
 
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Camino Francés 2016, Caminho Português 2017, Jakobsweg Ulm-Constance 2017-2018, (Via Jacobi 2018)
#32
I actually counted sox as I walked. 23 from SJPP to Santiago. So 23 people who pinned sox on their packs to dry wound up with only one. Bet they were (sorry) hopping mad!
Between SJPP and Santiago I counted at least that many clothing pegs (pins). I picked up and kept the first five and actually used them, too!
 

tpmchugh

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
#34
Hi all - I was idly thinking and my mind visited what pilgrims abandon, jettison, on Camino. I regularly visit Roncesvalles to do first aid and always have a good look at the double "leave it here" tables - usually full!

Heavy clothing, make up .... all sorts of things ....
some/many of you will know of Cheryl Strayed and her book, "Wild," - her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail - later made into a film (the book is so Much better!). Well, last spring I found a pristine unopened copy on the Roncesvalles tables - I found it funny as I could almost see the novice American solo female backpacker pilgrim - how she added that book to her pack so she could read it along the way, to identify with Cheryl and her epic walk as she undertook her own ..... and once she finally managed to haul herself over the pass from St Jean she abandoned it without even opening it!! hahahahaahahaaa :):):)

I took the book and read it myself -Fab book by the way, the only honest autobiography I have ever read.

So ... what did you find abandoned??????
Funniest I saw was at the mobile café at the top of the hill just before the descent into Zubiri. The sign says 'leave your unwanted items, take whatever you need' or words to that effect. I looked in the box and it was full of ladies bras. All colours and sizes, nothing else. Didn't really need one so passed on that :). Where did the original owners think they were going.....to a fashion show
 

Coleen Clark

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Walked August 2015, planning on walking August 2017
#35
Funniest I saw was at the mobile café at the top of the hill just before the descent into Zubiri. The sign says 'leave your unwanted items, take whatever you need' or words to that effect. I looked in the box and it was full of ladies bras. All colours and sizes, nothing else. Didn't really need one so passed on that :). Where did the original owners think they were going.....to a fashion show
I can remember that one clearly! He had a sign that told women to leave underclothes and they would find a husband. I can't remember what it said about men leaving underclothes....it was funny.
I only had three pair of my granny undies and I needed them all. Didn't look a thing like what was in that basket. (Aren't they itchy??????)
 

tpmchugh

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Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
#36
I can remember that one clearly! He had a sign that told women to leave underclothes and they would find a husband. I can't remember what it said about men leaving underclothes....it was funny.
I only had three pair of my granny undies and I needed them all. Didn't look a thing like what was in that basket. (Aren't they itchy??????)
Wouldnt really know about their itchyness :)
 

AbbyDee

Court Jester
Camino(s) past & future
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of my 25th year, I will begin my Camino in September 2017
#37
Funniest I saw was at the mobile café at the top of the hill just before the descent into Zubiri. The sign says 'leave your unwanted items, take whatever you need' or words to that effect. I looked in the box and it was full of ladies bras. All colours and sizes, nothing else. Didn't really need one so passed on that :). Where did the original owners think they were going.....to a fashion show
Maybe it was a passing tribe of Victoria's Secret Models.......
 

mazgirl

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Camino del Norte (May June 2014)
Camino Ingles (May June 2014)
Camino del Norte - Ribadeo to Santiago ( September 2015)
#42
As we walked along in the middle of no where we found a umbrella hanging in a tree over a very steep gully 830.JPG
 

notion900

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Camino(s) past & future
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#44
@Camino Chris See below - I seem to remember that the jar was of some expensive hair styling putty.

So I had this vision of a lady of a certain age, who had the idea of being a swashbuckling, choppy haired, standing up peeing sexual adventuress of a vixen on the Via De La Plata, and then very quickly, like 3 days out of Seville, just said to herself no, this isn't happening, this camino lark is literally the most scruffy, sweaty, unromantic, death to good hair, squat behind a bush scenario, ditch this goddam stuff and forget I ever had such fantasies.
But we have the evidence:

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Camino Chris

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Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#45
@Camino Chris See below - I seem to remember that the jar was of some expensive hair styling putty.

So I had this vision of a lady of a certain age, who had the idea of being a swashbuckling, choppy haired, standing up peeing sexual adventuress of a vixen on the Via De La Plata, and then very quickly, like 3 days out of Seville, just said to herself no, this isn't happening, this camino lark is literally the most scruffy, sweaty, unromantic, death to good hair, squat behind a bush scenario, ditch this goddam stuff and forget I ever had such fantasies.
But we have the evidence:

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You got the photo all right! And your narrative gave me a good laugh! :D
 

Rebekah Scott

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Many, various, and continuing.
#47
the strangest thing I have found along the actual path was a pair of shiny white patent-leather gogo boots. And a rolling pin.
The strangest thing I have seen in an albergue lost-and-found box was a lavender tulle evening dress. In Ponferrada. Absolutely fabulous.
 

domigee

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CF(x3), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham.
2018? CF, again :-)
#48
the strangest thing I have found along the actual path was a pair of shiny white patent-leather gogo boots. And a rolling pin.
The strangest thing I have seen in an albergue lost-and-found box was a lavender tulle evening dress. In Ponferrada. Absolutely fabulous.
:oops::D
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
#50
the strangest thing I have found along the actual path was a pair of shiny white patent-leather gogo boots. And a rolling pin.
The strangest thing I have seen in an albergue lost-and-found box was a lavender tulle evening dress. In Ponferrada. Absolutely fabulous.
How wonderful.....I wonder what occasion the Lavender evening dress was for.....seems like such a strange garment to be in The Lost and Found Box....:) :)
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
#52
oh, and along the Camino de Madrid the Ditch Pigs found the tangled remains of a milking machine!
 

Susan G.

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Camino(s) past & future
2014 (Burgos to Santiago), 2015 (SJPP to Burgos), 2016 (Astorga to Santiago)
#53
Here you go!! Taken near Zubiri in 2015....;) Camino 3- Espinal to Zubiri- 15 kms (5).JPG
 

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