- Camino(s) past & future
- Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
Walking the Camino Frances during a busy period is a choice which has consequences.As more and more people make the choice to pre-book, the more pressures it puts on others to do the same. Pre-training is choice. Early rising is a choice. Stopping before major congestion points is also a choice (one I will definitely use). One thing I have learned on this earth is that choices have consequences, many of which are unseen at the time they are made. The consequence may not be to yourself but to someone else. Part of my path in life is to be the change I want to see in the world.
I think you have misinterpreted the responses. Your post certainly doesn't induce any guilt in me.I apologize to those feel like my post... may induce a wee bit of guilt
Unfortunately, starting a thread does not give any control over the responses.I respectfully ask that all who comment further heed my earlier request to discuss the question "Is Courtesy Alive?"
To address your key point, I would say that courtesy is very much alive on the camino. However, if you go with the preconceived idea that most of the people walking are discourteous (as judged on the basis of your particular criteria), then you will likely have your expectations met. That is unfortunate. The best way to contribute to courtesy is to listen respectfully and with humility to what other people are saying, and try to understand their perspectives, which may be quite different from yours (or mine) for reasons that we don't initially understand. These are lessons that I am still learning.