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how to feel like you on the camino without leaving home

+@^^

Active Member
#1
so youve been back home for a year now
and missing that elusive camino feeling
and thinking of walking again
.
well theres good news
you can now achieve that same feeling from the comfort of your very own lounge suite
.
heres how:
sleep in your sleeping bag
in a different room of the house
covered by a blanket the dog sleeps on
with the worst pillow you have
or better, with your fleecy stuffed with old clothes
wash your clothes by hand in the basin using the same sliver of soap you showered with
sit outside your front gate for 4 hours, waithing for somebody to unlock the house
ask your family to shine a torch in your eyes while youre sleeping
walk to the store and buy one bun, one slice of choritzo, one slice of cheese, and one banana
order the food by pointing and sign language
strike up conversations with strangers and pretend youve known them your whole life
tell them the reason youre doing it
ask them if theyre comfortable in shoes, or if theyd have preferred boots
then follow them around for 15 minutes
go to a new restuarant and order you meal while holding the menu upside down and reading in the reflection of a mirror, in poor lighting
wear all the clothing you can, then ask the neighbour to spray you soaking wet with the garden hose
irritate your family by making loud tapping sounds with a spoon on a plate to emulate the sound of trekking poles
drink 3 litres of water
"go" in the garden
pick fruit from your neighbours tree
pop 3 painkillers with your glass of wine
take many photos of ridiculous arrow-like objects
knock on the door of your neighbour 3 doors down and ask if they have baked any fresh bread
go to the post office and post some clothing back to yourself
get dressed in the dark and put on some damp clothing
go to the local pub and ask the barman to stamp your passport
 

annakappa

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#2
BRILLIANT Tamtamplin! This is the funniest posting I have ever seen. And SO true! Anne
 

fraluchi

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One every year since 2007
#4
An excellent training program. Should be first page recommendation for any Camino publication.
Did you copyright this?
 

lynnejohn

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#5
Very well done! I couldn't stop laughing! There are a lot of funny, quirky things about the camino and you've captured most f them here!
 

Sharni

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#6
I love it!! Thanks
 

markss

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#7
Tam,

Your humorous edge is evident in all of your posts but you've just outdone yourself with this one! All of the points are so good and so true too. You did intend this to be humourous didn't you?!

You need to write a book or something --- that German Hape dude's got nothing on you.
 
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Francés (2004.SJPP-SdC-Finisterre)(1998-2012 completed in sections). Norte (2006.122km) Inglés (2009)
#9
Just remember folks that under English law the author of any piece holds the copyright to it unless they sign a contract to give up some of their rights.

I bet that applies to many parts of the world.

If you pass it on remember to give Tam the glory! :wink:

If you decide to live the suggestions out, just remember that family counselling and a good divorce lawyer can be found somewhere near you. :D
 
#10
Excellent advice also for those of us who haven't walked yet. In fact, after reading Tamtamplin's post, I've decided NOT to go, but just live the experience at home. If only someone could lend me a blanket a dog has slept on.
 

falcon269

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Camino(s) past & future
yes
#11
Context counts. Ponder a slow dance. Turn off the music, and you are just swaying cheek-to-cheek in the arms of a stranger. It is pretty weird without the music. Camino activities can be equally weird.
 

ksam

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#12
Oh god I my face hurts from laughing that much....Tam may I borrow and repost this...It will be with full acknowledgment...it's simply to precious to leave here on the forum alone!! In fact, I think I need to post this on the fridge here at home...for whenever I feel a little down and wish I were back on the Camino...

You are one of a kind...and I'm so glad you take time to share here on the forum, Gracias!!

Karin
 

grilly

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#13
What a great post :) So true. Fabulous suggestions! They should be framed! Made into a poster!

Don't you think many of us return home hoping we will bring to our daily life the enlightened moments we got on the Camino -- like decluttering, hailing people in the street, recognizing the 'angels' in daily life...

I think I go back again and again to the Camino hoping that some day my life 'off' Camino will be as intense as it is 'on' ...
 

+@^^

Active Member
#14
aaawe gee thanks
the ideas came to me
while i was using a cookie-cutter to cut duck shapes for my bath, out of the blue sleeping mat i never used
.
re the copyright thing.....not to worry
in africa we have this quaint tradition
if you see something you like
you just take it
even if somebody else happens to be farming it or driving it at the time
.
so
if the words end up on your fridge
or on another blogsite or in another form
i would be happy
spread the words spread the love
Tam
 

fraluchi

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One every year since 2007
#15
tamtamplin said:
re the copyright thing.....not to worry. in africa we have this quaint tradition
if you see something you like you just take it even if somebody else happens to be farming it or driving it at the time
>
Sounds familiar. You must feel very much at home when in Central America's Costa Rica.
 

jennysa

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Camino Frances (2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Camino Aragones 2012, 2017, Via Francigena 2016 & 17,
#16
That was wonderful, thank you. And thanks also for generously allowing us to pass it on. I have sent it to some of the friends that I made on my Camino.
 
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Francés (2004.SJPP-SdC-Finisterre)(1998-2012 completed in sections). Norte (2006.122km) Inglés (2009)
#17
Tam

The copyright thing wasn't meant too seriously.

Uhhmmm, I hate to mention the two you have forgotten.

Remember to tell your family that while they are sleeping they have to snore real loud, preferably one after the other

and

accompany it with much letting off of wind. :oops:
 
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#19
Hi,

That is sooo funny, and it makes me miss the Camino even more!

Petro
 

ksam

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#20
I think I may have to post this where I can read it and Laugh OUT LOUD every morning....Gracias mi Amigo!!
 

Lydia Gillen

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#21
Tamtaplin,

I have a pain in my side from laughing.

The folk around here already suspect that I am half mad. I don't want to give them definite proof.

Lydia
 
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Francés (2004.SJPP-SdC-Finisterre)(1998-2012 completed in sections). Norte (2006.122km) Inglés (2009)
#22
Lydia,

Medieval pilgrims to Santiago were known as Holy Fools.

Does that sound about right? :wink:
 

Lydia Gillen

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#24
From ancient times until the present day here in Ireland people who are not quite the full shilling have been known as 'Duine le Dia' (God's people). I guess i can live with that.
 
#25
Brilliant, Tam, just like everyone says. You have a calling in comedy, move over Hape Kerkling. I think that the fact that there is no mention here of snoring, nor of the plastic bag rustlers in early dawn, shows that you are young and can sleep through a tempest. :wink:

Laurie
 
#26
p.s. As my walking partner just pointed out to me, more evidence of your youth is the fact that there is no mention of bumping your head on the bunk above you as you stumble your way in the dark to the nearest bathroom for your frequent nightly visits to relieve your bladder.
 
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Francés (2004.SJPP-SdC-Finisterre)(1998-2012 completed in sections). Norte (2006.122km) Inglés (2009)
#27
grilly said:
methodist.pilgrim.98 said:
Medieval pilgrims to Santiago were known as Holy Fools.
Fools, yes. Holy, hmm...
Uhmm, technically Holy means "set apart" or "different from" rather than someone who is good.

I guess that just about sums us up.
 

falcon269

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#29
The English word holy dates back to at least the 11th Century with the Old English word hālig, an adjective derived from hāl meaning whole and used to mean 'uninjured, sound, healthy, entire, complete’. The Scottish 'hale' (health, happiness and wholeness.) is the most complete modern form of this Old English root. The modern word 'health' is also derived from the Old English hal. As “wholeness”, holiness may be taken to indicate a state of religious completeness or perfection. The word holy in its modern form appears in Wyclif's Bible of 1382.

In non-specialist contexts, the term "holy" is used in a more general way, to refer to someone or something that is associated with a divine power, such as water used for Baptism.
The Hebrew word for "holiness," "kedushah" (Hebrew: קדושה‎) has the connotation of "separateness." That which is holy in Judaism is set apart, and the separation is maintained by both legal and spiritual measures. Certain places and times are intrinsically sacred, and strictures are placed on one's actions in those situations.
Since the Hebrew word is not the root of "holy," and is merely an analogous concept in a foreign language, I am guessing that Holy Fool would be using the Old English meaning of the word.
 
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Francés (2004.SJPP-SdC-Finisterre)(1998-2012 completed in sections). Norte (2006.122km) Inglés (2009)
#30
Let's try for "Holy Fool", one who is consecrated to God and expresses it by going on pilgrimage in order to deepen their relationship with Him.

Going on pilgrimage often makes us better people - but not always. Yet either way we remain Holy Fools.

The idea that we are meant to be good arises out of the separatedness, not the other way round. We do not become holy because we are good. We start holy ie seperated from, then strive for goodness because that grows what we already are.

Wholeness is usually rendered in English as salvation.
 

+@^^

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#31
@ Laurie
ah yes, how could i have forgotten
what a wonderful memory
(perchance age related forgetfulness)
.
i was on some meds that caused a near total bladder malfunction
and this is how the procedure went:
.
hold, hold, just 100 m further, I'll go at the next flat, knyp, grimmace
ok, now i must go
undo chest pouch which was secured to front of backpack at 4 places
so, clip
clip
clip
clip
then undo backpack breast clip
clip
then undo backpack waist strap
clip
slide shoulder straps off
slip
slide
unbuckel pants belt
clip?
undo pants clip
clip
unzip zip
zzzzip
attend to wriggling out of sports stretch underwear
wriggle
.
all this while stowing 2 stix
stow
stow
navigating traffic other pilgrims
look back
look forward
and spotting a discrete spot to go
.
and then (ghastly)
making sure you were not the second person to find the same spot
.
the whole procedure sometimes just took too long
.
thanks for the reminder Laurie
 

CaroleH

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#32
Love it Tamtam, all sooooo true!!!!! Going on my fridge. :lol: :roll: :lol:

More! More! Please.
LOL Carole
 

CaroleH

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#33
.... and another thing...

Who in their right mind would walk around in their home town with knickers and stained socks pinned to their handbag or backpack?
 
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#34
CaroleH said:
.... and another thing...

Who in their right mind would walk around in their home town with knickers and stained socks pinned to their handbag or backpack?
:D + :shock: + :oops:

What a great comment to start the English day.
 

CaminoGen

CF May-June 2011; Oloron to Fisterra Sept-Oct 2013
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Camino frances-SJPP. Santiago (2011); Oloron to Fisterra (Sept 5-Oct 23 2013)
#35
CaroleH said:
.... and another thing...

Who in their right mind would walk around in their home town with knickers and stained socks pinned to their handbag or backpack?
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I, at least, tried to hide my knickers by pinning them between my socks...

Pilgrims have no shame, right?
 

annelise

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#36
Well, "knickers and stained socks" – OK – doable. But consider the alternative if you shift the word "stained" :oops:
Sorry, didn't mean to :shock:
 
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Francés (2004.SJPP-SdC-Finisterre)(1998-2012 completed in sections). Norte (2006.122km) Inglés (2009)
#37
annelise said:
Well, "knickers and stained socks" – OK – doable. But consider the alternative if you shift the word "stained" :oops:
Sorry, didn't mean to :shock:
I've just been put off my tea. :shock:
 
#38
Wow can't wait to experience Camino. I depart two weeks from today. So many friends, relatives and co workers ask, "why would you want to do this?" The next one who dares enquire will be handed a copy of your brilliant piece and I will say "how could I possibly miss an experience that gives so much joy?". Thank you!! :lol: Maggie
 

Lia

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#39
I can not stop laughing. I read this to my partner and he's in fits as well.
We are doing our first Camino Frances in May2012 and we now know what we are in for!!!!!!!

Thanks for such a humorous posting. :D

Going to post this on the fridge and do what another poster suggested (sorry forgotten their name :oops: ) and that is to hand it out to people who keep asking me why we are doing it. We couldn't possibly miss out on such a life affirming experience. Looks like it's going to be a walk in the park lol.
 

+@^^

Active Member
#40
this is such fun....
.
we came back from the store with the kids
as we arrived home i ran inside
dived onto my 13 year old daughter's bed
and put my sleeping bag on top of the pillow
.
i said this bed was booked - find your own
.
i think she's applying for asylum with another branch of the family
 

CaroleH

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#41
. . . . . and Tam

. . . . . . . . . while at the Pub, or even the restaurant, don't forget to sit at the bar, take off your boots and two pairs of socks, to examine every toe, then to show everyone present your latest blister!

.. . . . . . . . . . after you're sure your blister's bigger and redder than everyone else's, demonstrate how to:.
... 'sew' it with needle and thread,
... apply compeeds, lots of compeeds,
... apply copious quantities of vaseline all over those feet.... and anyone elses
... apply sheep's wool which you found on a nearby fence and 'prepared' earlier

Only then ... put on fresh socks (which are now dry after hanging on your backpack) and maybe pin the 'used' socks on backpack .... just in case!!!
Happy feet. :D
 

Priscillian

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#42
Tam,
How COULD I have missed this one! I've just read the whole thread and loved every word. You seem to have the ability to bring out the "silly" in everyone. And Silly is Good. Do, please write more. Do you have a blog? I'd become a regular...!
TS
(I would have to add, "put folded newspapers in your shoes".)
 
#43
Did we miss this?

Locate your friendly neighbourhood exhibitionist and have him walk about your house in his skivvies (of the 'oh-my-god' – 'too much information' kind). :shock:
 

jennysa

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#44
+@^^ said:
so youve been back home for a year now
and missing that elusive camino feeling
and thinking of walking again
.
well theres good news
you can now achieve that same feeling from the comfort of your very own lounge suite
.
heres how:
sleep in your sleeping bag
in a different room of the house
covered by a blanket the dog sleeps on
with the worst pillow you have
or better, with your fleecy stuffed with old clothes
wash your clothes by hand in the basin using the same sliver of soap you showered with
sit outside your front gate for 4 hours, waithing for somebody to unlock the house
ask your family to shine a torch in your eyes while youre sleeping
walk to the store and buy one bun, one slice of choritzo, one slice of cheese, and one banana
order the food by pointing and sign language
strike up conversations with strangers and pretend youve known them your whole life
tell them the reason youre doing it
ask them if theyre comfortable in shoes, or if theyd have preferred boots
then follow them around for 15 minutes
go to a new restuarant and order you meal while holding the menu upside down and reading in the reflection of a mirror, in poor lighting
wear all the clothing you can, then ask the neighbour to spray you soaking wet with the garden hose
irritate your family by making loud tapping sounds with a spoon on a plate to emulate the sound of trekking poles
drink 3 litres of water
"go" in the garden
pick fruit from your neighbours tree
pop 3 painkillers with your glass of wine
take many photos of ridiculous arrow-like objects
knock on the door of your neighbour 3 doors down and ask if they have baked any fresh bread
go to the post office and post some clothing back to yourself
get dressed in the dark and put on some damp clothing
go to the local pub and ask the barman to stamp your passport
I still love this, 2 years later, and still laugh at loud whenever I read it. Hope you dont mind, but I have just passed it on to some fellow South Africans who completed their first Camino this month (and walked for the most part in pouring rain).
 
#45
I am rolling on the floor laughing til tears are streaming down my face and I haven't even been yet! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I can't wait for my turn.
 

unadara

Active Member
#46
I am just back from the Camino Norte..so I will add this to this wonderful post..
Go for a walk along a quite country road or lane, when you see a field turn right into it, cross this field into the next where the cows have been all day and walk up on the ditches to keep out of the muck and water, take the stoney path downhill, take the stoney path uphill, wade through the flooded next field, turn left after about 90 mins and come out onto a quite country road/lane, look back down the hill and see the junction where you turned off 90mins ago..also try the forest tracks, it works just as well, you will come across a few fallen trees if you are really lucky...hehehe...we loved it all!
 
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Frances ('14)
Portuguese ('17)
Ingles ('17)
Muxia/Finisterre ( 14 & '17 & '18)
Del Norte ('18)
#47
@ Laurie
ah yes, how could i have forgotten
what a wonderful memory
(perchance age related forgetfulness)
.
i was on some meds that caused a near total bladder malfunction
and this is how the procedure went:
.
hold, hold, just 100 m further, I'll go at the next flat, knyp, grimmace
ok, now i must go
undo chest pouch which was secured to front of backpack at 4 places
so, clip
clip
clip
clip
then undo backpack breast clip
clip
then undo backpack waist strap
clip
slide shoulder straps off
slip
slide
unbuckel pants belt
clip?
undo pants clip
clip
unzip zip
zzzzip
attend to wriggling out of sports stretch underwear
wriggle
.
all this while stowing 2 stix
stow
stow
navigating traffic other pilgrims
look back
look forward
and spotting a discrete spot to go
.
and then (ghastly)
making sure you were not the second person to find the same spot
.
the whole procedure sometimes just took too long
.
thanks for the reminder Laurie



And to add to this....as a woman after all the unclipping and unzipping...and then reversing into said spot...have to also make sure to have first flattened the stinging nettles :-( and then deal with the performance anxiety - no one can do this in fast forward....
 
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Sections of Camino Frances Apr n May 2012
Camino Portuguese Sep 2013
Pamplona to Logroño Oct 2013
Ponferrada to Santiago May 2014
Logroño to Santiago Sep/Oct "2014"
#48
Sitting in a bar in Miño with wifi. Had to stop reading as this is so funny - I have tears in my eyes and am biting my lip to stop bursting out laughing. I will have to wait til later to read the whole post
 
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CF Oct 2012, CF August 2014, May 2017
#50
Brilliant. I thought this was going to be some sort of serious post with some philosophical jargon. Instead, I just laughed and laughed. Nice work.
 
#51
so youve been back home for a year now
and missing that elusive camino feeling
and thinking of walking again
.
well theres good news
you can now achieve that same feeling from the comfort of your very own lounge suite
.
heres how:
sleep in your sleeping bag
in a different room of the house
covered by a blanket the dog sleeps on
with the worst pillow you have
or better, with your fleecy stuffed with old clothes
wash your clothes by hand in the basin using the same sliver of soap you showered with
sit outside your front gate for 4 hours, waithing for somebody to unlock the house
ask your family to shine a torch in your eyes while youre sleeping
walk to the store and buy one bun, one slice of choritzo, one slice of cheese, and one banana
order the food by pointing and sign language
strike up conversations with strangers and pretend youve known them your whole life
tell them the reason youre doing it
ask them if theyre comfortable in shoes, or if theyd have preferred boots
then follow them around for 15 minutes
go to a new restuarant and order you meal while holding the menu upside down and reading in the reflection of a mirror, in poor lighting
wear all the clothing you can, then ask the neighbour to spray you soaking wet with the garden hose
irritate your family by making loud tapping sounds with a spoon on a plate to emulate the sound of trekking poles
drink 3 litres of water
"go" in the garden
pick fruit from your neighbours tree
pop 3 painkillers with your glass of wine
take many photos of ridiculous arrow-like objects
knock on the door of your neighbour 3 doors down and ask if they have baked any fresh bread
go to the post office and post some clothing back to yourself
get dressed in the dark and put on some damp clothing
go to the local pub and ask the barman to stamp your passport
We miss you Tam!
 
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4 September 2014 to 10th October 2014
#53
With respect to the original poster, thank you, I have added my experiences....Sept/Oct 2014

I was missing that elusive Camino feeling and thinking of going walking again, then I found the post on the forum and tweeked it a bit.

How to achieve the Camino feeling from your very own home.

Shower in luke warm water with one hand holding the shower door shut and the other on the tap, remember to wash your hair. Dry yourself inside the shower cubicle, avoiding the drip and not slipping over in your crocs. Use 1/3 of a towel.

Wash your clothes by hand in the basin using the same sliver of soap you just showered and washed your hair with. Squeeze by hand to remove as much water as possible. Hang all items on the outside line using 6 pegs. Remember to collect your washing and rehang around your bunk bed just before it gets dark, adjust so you do not get dripped on.

Sleep in your sleeping bag in a different room of the house, on a carefully inspected plastic covered mattress, covered by a blanket the dog normally sleeps on with the worst pillow you have ever had. Alternatively make a pillow with your fleece stuffed with old clothes. Purchase a second hand metal double bunk with a firm spring base and a not so firm spring base, rotate sleeping up and down.

Add a fan pointed at your head. Ask your family to shine a torch in your eyes while you're sleeping and to flush the toilet every 26 minutes during the night. Place several whoopie cushions under the mattress for night noises. Set the alarm for two hours before sunrise and be sure to be tucked up and asleep by sunset.

Get dressed in the dark and put on some damp clothing, walk for 2 hours before stopping for a cafe con leche and croissant. Ask the password for the WIFI. Sit with strangers. Take your passport to the counter for a stamp. Use the los servicios, remembering to take some napkins from the table. Remember to take one hiking pole to keep door shut and to switch on light when it automatically times out after 23 seconds. Use cistern and hiking pole to arise. Replenish napkins into pockets for use later on. Try to peek at anyone carrying the Brierly guide so you know what towns to avoid.

Carry one water bottle with you at all times and ask strangers to retrieve it for you as you cannot quite reach it.

Sit outside your front gate for 4 hours, waiting for somebody to unlock the house. Smile nicely when this happens.

Walk to the store and buy one bun, one slice of choritzo, one slice of cheese, one banana and one small yoghurt. Wander in the store for 20 minutes beforehand inspecting all goods for sale then order the food by pointing and using only sign language. Let the shopkeeper count out the money from your hand.

Say Hola and strike up conversations with strangers and pretend you've known them your whole life, tell them the reason you're doing it and ask them if they're comfortable in their shoes, or if they'd have preferred boots, and enquire about the health of their hips, knees and feet. Follow them around for the next 15 minutes making small talk. Try to remember where in Canada they are from.

Go to a new restaurant and order your meal while holding the menu upside down and reading in the reflection of a mirror, in poor lighting. Try the ensalada, there is a chance to be different from the last 17. Order both agua and vino, complain about the extra cost for wanting both. Pocket 2 slices of bread for tomorrow's breakfast. Add 3 painkillers to your glass of wine.

Wear all the clothing you can, then ask the neighbour to spray you soaking wet with the garden hose. Irritate your family by making loud tapping sounds with a spoon on a plate to emulate the sound of uncapped hiking poles. Drink 3 litres of water, then "go" in the garden, ignoring your audience. Pick and eat the fruit from your neighbour's tree. Eat grapes by the bunch and figs whole.
Call all dogs Perro. Add cow manure to your garden and sit down wind for two hours.

Walk barefoot over river pebbles. Strike every second toe with a hammer.

Follow the sound of random car horns in search of fresh supplies.

Take multiple photos of arrow-like objects and shells.

Go to the post office and post some clothing back to yourself. Use your own address for delivery and sender.

Rotate 5,700 photos on your computer. Try and recall town names, remember going down the hill, over the river on the cobbled road next to the vine covered wall, past the church and the two bars, or was it the two churches and the one bar.

Then try and remember who you last lent your DVD copy of The Way to.

Buen Camino.
 
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Walked the Camino Frances from SJPP to Santiago 2013
Planning the Portuguese Camino, September 2015
#55
Loved this thread! So true and so accurate!! Two more...play really really loud music all night long cause you just happen to be spending the night in a village that's enjoying its annual fiesta! And if you're using the bathroom in the middle of the night, look in amazement at all the empty spools of toilet paper;)
 
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
#56
My stomach hurts from laughing and that has not happened in a very long time, Thank you :)
 

CaminoDebrita

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
#58
aaawe gee thanks
the ideas came to me
while i was using a cookie-cutter to cut duck shapes for my bath, out of the blue sleeping mat i never used
.
re the copyright thing.....not to worry
in africa we have this quaint tradition
if you see something you like
you just take it
even if somebody else happens to be farming it or driving it at the time
.
so
if the words end up on your fridge
or on another blogsite or in another form
i would be happy
spread the words spread the love
Tam
I like you.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Francés (2004-), C. Portugués, C. de Madrid, 1/2 V. Plata, 1/8 Levante, hospitalera Grado 2016.
#59
Since I'm leaving on my own tomorrow, I've edited the original slightly and printed it for my husband, so he won't miss me too much while I'm walking. I'm sure he will appreciate it.
 

annakappa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
#60
This was one of the best posts ever. Thanks Tam, wherever you are now!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances; Sept.2015
#61
Been back less than a month and already miss it! Wife says I can't return anytime soon therefore I may resort to your "list" in order to relive the moments. You never know, the wife may actually send me back sooner than I planned just to avoid my mad antics!
Hilarious, thanks for the post.
 
Camino(s) past & future
23 May (2016)
#62
so youve been back home for a year now
and missing that elusive camino feeling
and thinking of walking again
.
well theres good news
you can now achieve that same feeling from the comfort of your very own lounge suite
.
heres how:
sleep in your sleeping bag
in a different room of the house
covered by a blanket the dog sleeps on
with the worst pillow you have
or better, with your fleecy stuffed with old clothes
wash your clothes by hand in the basin using the same sliver of soap you showered with
sit outside your front gate for 4 hours, waithing for somebody to unlock the house
ask your family to shine a torch in your eyes while youre sleeping
walk to the store and buy one bun, one slice of choritzo, one slice of cheese, and one banana
order the food by pointing and sign language
strike up conversations with strangers and pretend youve known them your whole life
tell them the reason youre doing it
ask them if theyre comfortable in shoes, or if theyd have preferred boots
then follow them around for 15 minutes
go to a new restuarant and order you meal while holding the menu upside down and reading in the reflection of a mirror, in poor lighting
wear all the clothing you can, then ask the neighbour to spray you soaking wet with the garden hose
irritate your family by making loud tapping sounds with a spoon on a plate to emulate the sound of trekking poles
drink 3 litres of water
"go" in the garden
pick fruit from your neighbours tree
pop 3 painkillers with your glass of wine
take many photos of ridiculous arrow-like objects
knock on the door of your neighbour 3 doors down and ask if they have baked any fresh bread
go to the post office and post some clothing back to yourself
get dressed in the dark and put on some damp clothing
go to the local pub and ask the barman to stamp your passport
Laughed so hard I snorted vinotinto out my nose!!!!!
Thanks for sharing!!! :D
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances + Finisterre (July-August 2015)
Portuguese Coastal Camino + Finisterre/Muxia (July-August 2016)
#63
OMG, I was just DYING reading this! Gasping for air as tears streamed down my face. It's the funniest thing EVER. Thanks so much! I will be sharing this to my Camino Facebook page, AND to my blog. It's just plain amazing! EVERYONE needs to read it!
 

zzotte

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012 Camino Frances, 2014 Lourdes to SDC, 2016 Camino del Norte
#64
hahaha How did I missed this post is spot on :)
 
#65
so youve been back home for a year now
and missing that elusive camino feeling
and thinking of walking again
.
well theres good news
you can now achieve that same feeling from the comfort of your very own lounge suite
.
heres how:
sleep in your sleeping bag
in a different room of the house
covered by a blanket the dog sleeps on
with the worst pillow you have
or better, with your fleecy stuffed with old clothes
wash your clothes by hand in the basin using the same sliver of soap you showered with
sit outside your front gate for 4 hours, waithing for somebody to unlock the house
ask your family to shine a torch in your eyes while youre sleeping
walk to the store and buy one bun, one slice of choritzo, one slice of cheese, and one banana
order the food by pointing and sign language
strike up conversations with strangers and pretend youve known them your whole life
tell them the reason youre doing it
ask them if theyre comfortable in shoes, or if theyd have preferred boots
then follow them around for 15 minutes
go to a new restuarant and order you meal while holding the menu upside down and reading in the reflection of a mirror, in poor lighting
wear all the clothing you can, then ask the neighbour to spray you soaking wet with the garden hose
irritate your family by making loud tapping sounds with a spoon on a plate to emulate the sound of trekking poles
drink 3 litres of water
"go" in the garden
pick fruit from your neighbours tree
pop 3 painkillers with your glass of wine
take many photos of ridiculous arrow-like objects
knock on the door of your neighbour 3 doors down and ask if they have baked any fresh bread
go to the post office and post some clothing back to yourself
get dressed in the dark and put on some damp clothing
go to the local pub and ask the barman to stamp your passport
The star
so youve been back home for a year now
and missing that elusive camino feeling
and thinking of walking again
.
well theres good news
you can now achieve that same feeling from the comfort of your very own lounge suite
.
heres how:
sleep in your sleeping bag
in a different room of the house
covered by a blanket the dog sleeps on
with the worst pillow you have
or better, with your fleecy stuffed with old clothes
wash your clothes by hand in the basin using the same sliver of soap you showered with
sit outside your front gate for 4 hours, waithing for somebody to unlock the house
ask your family to shine a torch in your eyes while youre sleeping
walk to the store and buy one bun, one slice of choritzo, one slice of cheese, and one banana
order the food by pointing and sign language
strike up conversations with strangers and pretend youve known them your whole life
tell them the reason youre doing it
ask them if theyre comfortable in shoes, or if theyd have preferred boots
then follow them around for 15 minutes
go to a new restuarant and order you meal while holding the menu upside down and reading in the reflection of a mirror, in poor lighting
wear all the clothing you can, then ask the neighbour to spray you soaking wet with the garden hose
irritate your family by making loud tapping sounds with a spoon on a plate to emulate the sound of trekking poles
drink 3 litres of water
"go" in the garden
pick fruit from your neighbours tree
pop 3 painkillers with your glass of wine
take many photos of ridiculous arrow-like objects
knock on the door of your neighbour 3 doors down and ask if they have baked any fresh bread
go to the post office and post some clothing back to yourself
get dressed in the dark and put on some damp clothing
go to the local pub and ask the barman to stamp your passport

Not possible. It’s like going for swim in you suit over cod and Wellington boots
 
#66
I know there have been mixed opinions about the new function on the forum that brings up suggestions of old posts on similar topics. But this is one instance in which everyone will probably agree that it's a great idea! I'm sure i've read this thread a dozen times over the years, and it still makes me laugh out loud.

It's been years since Tam was on the forum -- he was a very special member with many sides, like all of us, I guess. Hoping all is well with you, Tam. Buen camino, Laurie
 

CaroleH

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP 2006, Portugues 2007;Madrid 2009, Finisterre 2009; Sur and VdlP 2011,2013; Manchego and Madrid 2014; VdlP (parts) 2016; Hospitalero plan 2017.
#67
Thanks Laurie for bumping this post into view again. It's classic.
 
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese' ' Frances' ' Norte' 'Salvador_prim' ‘le puy’ ‘Inglés’ ‘CDM’ ‘Invierno’ ‘Fin_Mux’
#71
I’m laughing out loud ‘alone’. I think I’ll read this to my family —it may give them some insight into some of the things we who’ve walked camino remember longingly ..
I must start thinking of next route soon
Annie
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago - twice
Via Francigena - Canterbury to Rome (2017)
Rome to Jerusalem (2017)
#73
so youve been back home for a year now
and missing that elusive camino feeling
and thinking of walking again
.
well theres good news
you can now achieve that same feeling from the comfort of your very own lounge suite
.
heres how:
sleep in your sleeping bag
in a different room of the house
covered by a blanket the dog sleeps on
with the worst pillow you have
or better, with your fleecy stuffed with old clothes
wash your clothes by hand in the basin using the same sliver of soap you showered with
sit outside your front gate for 4 hours, waithing for somebody to unlock the house
ask your family to shine a torch in your eyes while youre sleeping
walk to the store and buy one bun, one slice of choritzo, one slice of cheese, and one banana
order the food by pointing and sign language
strike up conversations with strangers and pretend youve known them your whole life
tell them the reason youre doing it
ask them if theyre comfortable in shoes, or if theyd have preferred boots
then follow them around for 15 minutes
go to a new restuarant and order you meal while holding the menu upside down and reading in the reflection of a mirror, in poor lighting
wear all the clothing you can, then ask the neighbour to spray you soaking wet with the garden hose
irritate your family by making loud tapping sounds with a spoon on a plate to emulate the sound of trekking poles
drink 3 litres of water
"go" in the garden
pick fruit from your neighbours tree
pop 3 painkillers with your glass of wine
take many photos of ridiculous arrow-like objects
knock on the door of your neighbour 3 doors down and ask if they have baked any fresh bread
go to the post office and post some clothing back to yourself
get dressed in the dark and put on some damp clothing
go to the local pub and ask the barman to stamp your passport
Genius
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#74
A classic. Some things don't change. And the crazy thing is that I love all these discomforts!
I know!...go figure! Well, the new one added in about walking on dowels barefoot in the dark is one I always hate repeating. Thankfully, it's not very often I have to climb those ladders!
 

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