just wondered what everyone does re: wearing jewellry while walking the Camino? I was going to take minimal, just wear one pair of pierced earrings and no rings. I guess the less you take the easier it is to not lose it.
Exactly. No need for jewels anywhere on the Camino, there won't be any opportunity for dressing up! I know I always like to keep at least a little pair of stud earrings in when I travel but never take anything more than that. I alway wear a sports watch with a built-in alarm when I travel - serves two purposes and don't have to carry a separate alarm clock! Not necessary for waking up early to start walking but nice when in a hotel before/after the camino and have to wake up early to catch a flight!
Minimal jewelry! I wore a pair of small hoops that I never removed... one ring and a simple gold chain. When I got to Santiago, I bought a gold cross to put on the chain... but none of this jewelry did I ever remove. no changes, no storage... just what I wore. Keep it to a minimum.
I had,for me, three Camino firsts during my fourth journey earlier this year.
In Burgos a female pilgrim spent approx 30 minutes, on a dark cold morning, putting on FULL face makeup and in Astorga a male Pilgrim sprayed himself with a deodorant.
On our final day my companions and I were amazed to overtake what looked like a party of High Altitude climbers. All wore knee high snow gaiters, voluminous cotton scarves wrapped around their heads and high altitude snow goggles, in addition to the more normal clothing. I appreciate that the climb to Monte de Gozo is steep but its hardly Nepal. To add to the air of mystery around them - one walked backwards - "to help a leg injury".
The Camino is never boring.
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This reminds me of a story told about Don Elias Valeña Sampedro (the priest of O'Cebreiro parish who reanimated the modern camino frances - and painted the first yellow arrows - in the 1970's).
"One day, at the end of the afternoon, he found himself on a mountainside in the Pyrenees, walking a long section of the camino with the aim of finalising the cartographic details of his new guide. The descent by way of a rugged hillside was inevitable. His muscles were feeling the effects of the steep slopes and this unaccustomed inconvenience he put down to general tiredness. He took a moment's rest but his temperament didn't allow such 'excesses" and for the few hundred metres that remained, he turned a round and walked backwards!" from the 1991 CSJ Conference in London