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Interview with Ender about the Camino del Salvador

peregrina2000

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This is a long video, dealing with all sorts of hiking and climbing routes in the municipality of Villamanín. I have not watched it all, but the first part about the Via Ferrata is pretty amazing. Not for me, but I’m sure there are some who would try it. I will say I was impressed that the middle-aged mayor went along, and he did not seem to be in terrific mountain-climbing shape, and he made it just fine!

Then I jumped up to minute 28:51 where there is a short interview with Ender about the historical Camino del Salvador. Not too many shots of the route, unfortunately, but the one thing that surprised me was that the number of pilgrims on this route has seen a steady annual increase of 25% to 30% for the last few years. Pre-covid of course.

There are many ways to walk the Salvador — from León to Oviedo to start the Primitivo, from León to avilés to continue on the Norte, or just as a short caminio in its own right (complete with credential and official certificate). Highly recommended for an addition to your camino dreaming. Buen camino, Laurie


 

Jeff Zimmerman

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Camino Frances-April 2016
I walked the Salvador last year. Absolutely beautiful scenery, delightful people and hardy Asturias food. A highlight was staying at the albergue Buenduenos near Herias where Sandra gave me a small ceramic pin like the one in this video, starting at 30:22. The speaker seams to be explaining the significance of the pin. I speak very little Spanish so I don’t know what he’s saying. Can any forum Spanish speakers interpret for me? This pin has special meaning to me.
 

peregrina2000

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I walked the Salvador last year. Absolutely beautiful scenery, delightful people and hardy Asturias food. A highlight was staying at the albergue Buenduenos near Herias where Sandra gave me a small ceramic pin like the one in this video, starting at 30:22. The speaker seams to be explaining the significance of the pin. I speak very little Spanish so I don’t know what he’s saying. Can any forum Spanish speakers interpret for me? This pin has special meaning to me.

Hi, Jeff,
Ender is explaining the significance of the yellow arrow, how you won’t get lost without it, and how it all started with Father Elías Valiño in O’Cebreiro who started the tradition (I don’t know if it’s true, but the story is that the priest got a bunch of leftover paint from the highway department and used it to paint arrows, and that’s how the tradition started).

I think there are other groups that give out the same papier maché arrow, maybe the Mozárabe group in Alicante if I remember correctly. I agree with you that the personal touch of the small gift makes for a great way to remember a spectacular camino!
 

Jeff Zimmerman

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Camino Frances-April 2016
Thanks peregrina2000. I thought I heard several “Santa Maria’s” mentioned In Ender’s rapid Spanish. Sandra had a special devotion to Mary and I thought there might have been a connection to the pin. I hope to return to the Salvador, in conjunction with the Madrid and Primativo, in 2022.
 

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