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Casa Ivar Nick & Wendy walk 4 Caminos to get to Santiago

Nick (@jungleboy ) and Wendy (@Wendy Werneth ) just walked Camino Nacente, Camino Torres, Caminho da Geira e dos Arrieiros and the walk from Santiago to Finisterre.

I only had 2 microphones, so we did it this way..
 

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jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
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Kumano Kodo 2019
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Hoping to walk from Tavira someday, even though at my age I should just stop adding caminos to my list!
Seriously, the Nascente is made for you - countryside walking mostly in the Alentejo with pretty landscapes (walking along the Guadiana, the view from Evoramonte, the spectacular Tejo crossing, mountains in the Beiras), historic places (15 castles!) and no other pilgrims! Looking forward to seeing what @gracethepilgrim thinks when she starts it in late August to have another perspective.
 
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cindyjo

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Camino Portuguese (2017)
Thanks for sharing! More caminos to add to my list. I really appreciate hearing directly from people who have walked new and interesting caminos. And thanks to Ivar for facilitating the interview.
 

JennyH94

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Fantastic interview Nick, Wendy and Ivar - thank you all. You’ve painted a beautiful picture of these quieter caminos.

Nick and Wendy - do have another camino in the planning stages as yet, or is this something you’ll decide down the track? (Please excuse the obvious pun!). If you do, it would be terrific to hear which camino might be the next one.

Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
 

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A wonderful interview. I was curious about how much Portuguese I would need to speak - I assume quite a lot along the Nacente.

I walked from Porto in 2006 with almost no pilgrims seen along the way, few albergues and no Portuguese, but it was not remote like the Nacente.

I have now pencilled in the Geira e dos Arrieiros to finish my intended Vdlp to Salamanca then the Torres to Braga in March 2022.

Another cheers from Oz, where we are now trapped indefinitely with no Vaccine Passports this side of the horizon, so no ink for this plan.
 
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jungleboy

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Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments! 🙂

Nick and Wendy - do have another camino in the planning stages as yet, or is this something you’ll decide down the track? (Please excuse the obvious pun!). If you do, it would be terrific to hear which camino might be the next one.
Nothing set in stone yet. We tend to chose out of the ones we're most interested in based on what time we have available and which month(s) seem most suitable. At the moment we are trying to sort out what the second half of this year looks like, and there probably won't be another camino except for possibly a sneaky little Inglés in September. There's still so much uncertainty surrounding the future in terms of travel (which has a big impact on Wendy's work/availability in particular) but at this stage it looks like we'll have a window next June, which seems perfect for the long-threatened Olvidado-Invierno combination! Or if Wendy's April/May tours are cancelled or postponed, then that opens up the possibility of a long southern camino (Mozárabe-VdlP).

A wonderful interview. I was curious about how much Portuguese I would need to speak - I assume quite a lot along the Nacente.
Thank you! Yes, you would need more Portuguese than the CP, for sure. It's a bit hard for us to say exactly how much but a lot of the people you deal with are older and in very rural areas, so it's natural that they wouldn't speak much/any English. Very, very few times on the Nascente (maybe three times) did someone switch to English with us or even indicate that they spoke English. I remember several occasions when people, detecting that we were foreigners, first asked us in Portuguese if we spoke Portuguese, which I took as a sign that they didn't speak English. Hopefully this doesn't turn potential pilgrims off because people are very friendly and eager to help so I think the language barrier can be overcome. Let's see how Grace goes on the Nascente later this summer!

This was indeed 5*! I also enjoy and share your website frequently.
Thank you so much! I will hopefully put up some new content on the site, as well as starting the second season of the podcast, this week and next.
 
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Seriously, the Nascente is made for you - countryside walking mostly in the Alentejo with pretty landscapes (walking along the Guadiana, the view from Evoramonte, the spectacular Tejo crossing, mountains in the Beiras), historic places (15 castles!) and no other pilgrims! Looking forward to seeing what @gracethepilgrim thinks when she starts it in late August to have another perspective.
No pressure 🤣🤣 But what a bar you two have set. Not sure if I’ll make it to SdC but I’ll give it a red hot go. Cheers Grace
 
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