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Jimmy
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Looking out my window at the rain and the trees bending in the wind and the sun struggling to come up over the horizon and ….. waiting, guessing, praying, hoping, listening, reading, planning …….. seeing myself walking the same streets, the same parks, the same paths….. waiting, wanting, wishing, counting ……

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(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
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Camino frances June 2017/sept 18 Camino Portugues
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June2017 sept 2018 Camino Portuguese sept 2019
I’ve bitten the bullet and booked flight to Santander sept 1st. Hoping to walk the primitive. Been a bad 15 months for me personally as I’m sure it has for so many. This will hopefully be my 4th Camino since 2017 and just praying it will happen.. best wishes to all of you out there. Gaz from U.k
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
(2017)
Agreed. I’ve been planning my first Camino for three long years and just when the stars FINALLY seemed to align, along came Covid 😫. Now praying and hoping for a 2022 pilgrimage, before I end up in a walker lol.
There are worse places to wait out though so continue to count my blessings...
 

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henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
It seems very selfish to say this, and disrespectful of those who have suffered grievously in the pandemic; but the reality for many of us is that we’re in that short golden window of life where we have the time and funds to travel freely and the physical and mental health to travel on various Caminos.

At the risk of causing offence: I’ve had enough also. 18 months, and counting, is a meaningful portion of that precious time.

I wouldn’t want the job of making the decisions - but then I never sought election as a politician - I do however feel that the ‘easy’ decision at the moment is to be cautious and maintain restrictions. Normalisation, when it comes, will entail some degree of risk taking.
 
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JohnMcM

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Some, and with luck, some more.
Agreed. I’ve been planning my first Camino for three long years and just when the stars FINALLY seemed to align, along came Covid 😫. Now praying and hoping for a 2022 pilgrimage, before I end up in a walker lol.
There are worse places to wait out though so continue to count my blessings...
That’s my kinda place Jacki. Where is it please?
 

Jacki

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
(2017)
It seems very selfish to say this, and disrespectful of those who have suffered grievously in the pandemic; but the reality for many of us it that we’re in that short golden window of life where we have the time and funds to travel freely and the physical and mental health to travel on various Caminos.

At the risk of causing offence: I’ve had enough also. 18 months, and counting, is a meaningful portion of that precious time.

I wouldn’t want the job of making the decisions - but then I never sought election as a politician - I do however feel that the ‘easy’ decision at the moment is to be cautious and maintain restrictions. Normalisation, when it comes, will entail some degree of risk taking.
Exactly! So many have suffered so much...but some days I wonder if my knees and hips will hold out long enough to hobble down that path! 😂
 
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It seems very selfish to say this, and disrespectful of those who have suffered grievously in the pandemic; but the reality for many of us it that we’re in that short golden window of life where we have the time and funds to travel freely and the physical and mental health to travel on various Caminos.

At the risk of causing offence: I’ve had enough also. 18 months, and counting, is a meaningful portion of that precious time.

I wouldn’t want the job of making the decisions - but then I never sought election as a politician - I do however feel that the ‘easy’ decision at the moment is to be cautious and maintain restrictions. Normalisation, when it comes, will entail some degree of risk taking.
I will be 75 in September and have been diagnosed with dementia recently and that will make a future Camino very unlikely. So I'm leaving June 15. Ultreia. I'm vaccinated, I have masks. I don't want to endanger anyone else.
 
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alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Year of past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
I will be 75 in September and have been diagnosedrecently that will make future a future Camino very unlikely. So I'm leaving June 15. Ultreia. I'm vaccinated, I have masks. I don't want to endanger anyone else.
Very happy for you. Enjoy. Do short days. Smell the roses/vineyeards. Live. Life is all we have. I will do the same.
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Year of past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Thank you. I'll try, but I've never been good at common sense. lol
I'm with you, brother. But this time, I will go slow, for sure. I need time now.
 
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MarkyD

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Francés 31/08/2018 - 20/10/2018
I’ve bitten the bullet and booked flight to Santander sept 1st. Hoping to walk the primitive. Been a bad 15 months for me personally as I’m sure it has for so many. This will hopefully be my 4th Camino since 2017 and just praying it will happen.. best wishes to all of you out there. Gaz from U.k
Efrén González, a popular Camino vlogger, is set to start a 4-camino combo at end of June. He states that he'll be doing the Camino Lebaniego first, then the Camino Vadiniense, then the Camino San Salvador and finally the Camino Primitivo (with a bit of hopping between El Norte and Francés to make connections). He could be a very helpful "boots on the ground" reporter for all of us here who might be chomping at the bit!
Here's the link of his intro to his up and coming Caminos:
 
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Devan

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2008
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Antonio Zapatero, deputy health chief of the Madrid region, said the Delta strain could become the dominant one in Spain in between six and seven weeks, El Pais reported.

"Now" is the best time to visit Spain and/or do the Camino. I dare not say it's the only time this year as I don't want to jinx it. I hope you all make it to Spain at right time! Buen Camino!


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Kathar1na

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
To Santiago and back (roads & paths; Tours; Francés; sea; roads & paths)
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Antonio Zapatero, deputy health chief of the Madrid region, said the Delta strain could become the dominant one in Spain in between six and seven weeks, El Pais reported. "Now" is the best time to visit Spain and/or do the Camino.
Useful to add, though, that Señor Zapatero did not make this statement in the context of giving advice on when will be the best time to travel to Spain for Camino walking.

He said it in the context of the vaccination campaign of the Madrid region and their efforts to speed up the campaign by bringing forward the administration of the second AstraZeneca shot for the 60-69 age group and by opening up the appointment system to the over-48s - an option only available to the over-50s until now. This is in addition to the pre-set regular vaccination appointments in the Madrid region where they began this week to immunize the 40-49 age group. Says the linked article.

Context is everything.
 
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woody66

This is my boy Yankee!
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
It seems very selfish to say this, and disrespectful of those who have suffered grievously in the pandemic; but the reality for many of us is that we’re in that short golden window of life where we have the time and funds to travel freely and the physical and mental health to travel on various Caminos.

At the risk of causing offence: I’ve had enough also. 18 months, and counting, is a meaningful portion of that precious time.

I wouldn’t want the job of making the decisions - but then I never sought election as a politician - I do however feel that the ‘easy’ decision at the moment is to be cautious and maintain restrictions. Normalisation, when it comes, will entail some degree of risk taking.
Hi David!
True David that this virus has caused much pain and sorrow to so many;but that doesn't mean that you should feel guilty for wanting to fulfil the hopes and dreams that will bring joy to the life you have!

Those of us of in our golden years are aware that that clock doesn't stop ticking; the older we get the faster it seems to tick!
When you feel safe and are allowed, go enjoy life!
Woody
 
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Jimmy
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Yep, all the time.
But easier for us because we can’t leave even if we want to. Aussie borders are closed to anyone coming in and anyone wanting to go out. Makes it easy, you don’t get a choice.
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Year of past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Do any of you vacillate between "That's it, I'm going to book my flight...for sure" and "Heck no. I'm waiting this out...for sure." ??
This is the battle in my brain.
I can't wait to see who wins.
All the time. But, my "GO!" mind will win the pattle, I feel...
 

BookGirl305

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Ingles (after Covid)
My challenge is that I have the right flight at the right award miles sitting right there for the dates I want to go and I am not confident in my ability to complete the walk in the time I have allotted. Do I go ahead and book it and trust that I can do it once I'm there or continue to practice at home (2 days, 20K a day w/backpack) until I can hit that? Because I can hit 1 day, but not 2. If I can do 2 days, I can do 6. This is all so new and I don't want to get there and come up a day short of completing.
 

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Jimmy
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Go and do what you can. If you find you can’t, settle in a nice place and enjoy the fruits of what you did do. My opinion; you’ll be surprised what you can do once you’re there. So long as you remain flexible and set yourself realistic goals. Besides, six days of anything is better than six days of nothing.
I never thought I could do 900 km. And I did, first time. So there!! 😌
 
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CF '16, '18
My challenge is that I have the right flight at the right award miles sitting right there for the dates I want to go and I am not confident in my ability to complete the walk in the time I have allotted. Do I go ahead and book it and trust that I can do it once I'm there or continue to practice at home (2 days, 20K a day w/backpack) until I can hit that? Because I can hit 1 day, but not 2. If I can do 2 days, I can do 6. This is all so new and I don't want to get there and come up a day short of completing.
When do you leave?
Also, how much time are you giving yourself to walk how many miles?
 

lizlane

Small Town Girl, Small Town World
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2019
I've been waiting since 2013. I have accepted I will never get to walk the road to Santiago. I knew this when the lockdowns started that travel would be out of the question for someone like me (unvaxxed by choice for personal and religious reasons). I should not have to have endure this but it is reality. If you have been vaxxed, I see no point in waiting. Pay the extra money by any means you can for the PCR testing and go. I was happy to get the testing done but without producing my "walking papers" I cannot even leave my own country.
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Year of past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Are you going this summer? Where are you traveling from?
Going in July/August, is the plan. Traveling from Norway (Schengen country). Waiting for final EU corona certificate coming July 1st.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
when the lockdowns started that travel would be out of the question for someone like me (unvaxxed by choice for personal and religious reasons). I should not have to have endure this but it is reality
We each experience the fruits of our choices. And there are always uncontrollable events 'from left field.' We may not get what we want. That's life. It's also potentially our place of transformation.

This pandemic ... it's untold suffering all over the world. So we can't walk a camino? Or travel? This is hardly the end of the world. There is SO much to feel grateful for in our comfortable lives.
Can we transform this longing to walk into something beautiful and positive? Developing deeper resilience, helping anyone less fortunate, reaching out woth compassion, knowing we are all in this together...there are lots of options.
Because we are all in this together.
 
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Jimmy
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
The yellow leaves have fallen to the ground now, and Autumn has become Winter. The sun is pale yellow and the honey bees are gone. A fog has come down over the city, cars are off the road and people are out in little groups, face masks on, walking the parks and strolling by the sea. Deep down we can all feel that something has changed forever but none of us know exactly what it is, not yet. For us here, down-down South, the Camino seems an eternity away, Europe seems light years away. They tell me there is a Camino walk here; it’s a copy, an invention, someone’s crazy concoction. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m not, either way I don’t care, for me the Camino is over there. Pass, pass, pass you vile disease, let us feel the Spring again in Spain, France and Portugal, please, please, please!
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