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Planning, training... and waiting

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#1
I want to start my first camino in August 2018 (for roughly 6 weeks). The date is relatively fix (family & job reasons). I first planned to go the Camino Frances from SJPDP over Sarria to SdC.

After reading of bed races and booking-needs at the start of the the Camino Frances near SJPDP and many, many pilgrims after Sarria... I think it is better for me to go less crowded caminos... I want to go the Camino Aragones - Camino Frances (partly) - Camino de Invierno - Camino Sanabres (partly). I want to be glad to meet other pilgrims and not think of something like "Do I need to book in advance?"
I like this interactive map of the caminos:
http://www.mundicamino.com/los-caminos/

Of course I have to improve my Spanish very much... especially as I could not speak one word of Spanish 3 months ago. I started with duolingo. Additionally I have a "birkenbihl" Spanish course that I want to hear during other activities (like training walks; the idea is to learn things like grammer and the pronunciation passively by hearing during other activities). Later on... I will see how to continue the learning process in a few weeks or some months.

If I read of someone starting his or her camino soon in the forum... I think "Buen camino!"... but also... I have to wait for such a long time.
 

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martin1ws

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Camino(s) past & future
From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#2
Training walks in the Toscana
In my summer holiday with my family in the Toscana I did some (short) training walks on my own (well, almost daily walks would be more precise). My main idea was to do training walks in the heat (between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius ). Short training walks (one to two hours) in the summer sun were okay, if I had really enough water. I felt better then I had expected.

One time I had a pause in the field without a shadow... I felt worse after the rest then before. Probably it was too hot and there was no wind... and if I go there is at least a little bit of "wind". So I would not sit down for resting again without shadow and without wind (if it is really hot) if I do not really need it (e. g. for looking after my feet).

My biggest surprise: I thought that I would not have fun on my (short) training walks. I thought of it as something like "duty" to get a good preparation.
But most of the time it was really fun. It is not so easy to describe what was the fun exactly... Being on my own is interesting (often I met noone) and I am not used to it... the nature, the animals... the scenery... the flow of the ideas... something like walking-meditation... no responsibility for anything but my basic needs (going with "my" speed, drinking enough, ...) ...
It is completely different to the life in a big town and probably I felt a small part of the fascination of the "real" Camino.
 
#3
A similar route has been recommended by a gentleman who spends a month volunteering at the SdC Office. I think is post is only a couple of weeks old, if I recall correctly. It is a few extra km but it takes the Peregrino away from the Sarria to SdC circus.
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#4
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#6
Start watching Spanish channels, especially the news. It speeds up language absorption.
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#7
Start watching Spanish channels, especially the news. It speeds up language absorption.
Thanks for your tipp.

I want to start watching Spanish channels or listening to Spanish radio channels as soon as possible. At the moment this is too difficult for me and I listen to Spanish where I have the Spanish words and the translation as written words as well.

Here is a thread with many Spanish (pilgrim) phrases and resources for learning Spanish:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/learning-easy-spanish.14029/
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#8
Today I finished the last point in duolingo Spanish. Overall progress is now 59%.
Now I want to repeat it to keep the duolingo bars golden.

I want to learn some phrases and use some of the immersion tips:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/immersion-spanish.51893/

I started with this interactive Spanish learning video... it is fun and for beginners as well:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/

Start watching Spanish channels, especially the news. It speeds up language absorption.
It is still a little bit too difficult for me. I tried a Spanish radio channel yesterday... I understand only some words, it is not enough to get the real context. I will listen to the birkenbihl language cd where I have the Spanish and German texts as well. The Spanish channels should follow in some weeks or a few months.

My plan is to improve my Spanish until about March. Then I want to try to talk with friends who speak Spanish.
https://conversationexchange.com/ seems to be a great idea as well: Meeting native speakers in real life or e. g. by skype.

Hopefully I will be able to have simple Spanish conversations on my Camino in August.
 
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martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#9
I have training walks several times a week (with my equipment, backpack, ...)... but in most cases only 30 to 60 minutes.

Some weeks ago I had 2 training walks in 2 days (or about 28 hours, the first day was more or less a night-walk) with a combined distance of about 44km. My feelings on the second day reached from "I could go on forever" to "Oh, what it this f... pain in my leg. Will I be able to go home?" half an hour later. I was glad that the pain went away as fast as it came. On the next day it would have been fun to go on.
Lesson learned: Do not push too hard. Especially if I really want to go...
 
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martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#10
I changed my camino description from "From Somport to SdC" to "From Somport". Of course I want to reach SdC... well, I want to reach Finisterre as well... but I think, I cannot really control how far I will get. Of course I can train well and I can be careful not to push too hard... but there are many things that I cannot control... and probably I should try to control almost nothing on my Camino but go with the flow... and then I will come as far as I come in the next summer.
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
From Somport Jul-Sep 2018
#11
I ordered my credential and a map of Spain for the family at home.
I have now a new smartphone (outdoor smartphone) with GPS that is extremely good compared with my old smartphone (GPS was more or less not usable there). OpenStreetMap-maps of Spain are installed. Camino-GPS-tracks as well.

Of course my Spanish knowledge is still... little.

I do small training walks with my backpack several times a week.

Starting date will probably a little bit earlier: about July, the 15th.
 
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andywild

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Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
#12
I've gone from never walking to doing a few 5-10 mile walks each week ready for my Camino in April 18.. my Spanish isn't great but I'm focusing on learning the words for wine,bed,help and hospital.. I'm also trying to learn the phrase "please help me, these aren't tears of joy" joking aside, I can't wait to get started.. 5 weeks to go !!
 

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