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BonitaHolland

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Starting 3rd Sep 2016
I’m facilitating a prep year planning group that meets monthly for a small group of u3a members who want to do the Camino one day possibly Sep/Oct 2022. We meet monthly and have had two meetings to date. Each month we tackle a different topic so far we’ve looked at
1. Footwear and rucksacks and poles
2. Different Camino routes

Our next meeting in November will be about the different types of accommodation.

We also plan to talk about other subjects like:
Food and water in Dec
Medical and bugs and safety in Jan
Walking in the dark/bad weather/heat in Feb
Books maps phones internet and websites in April

Any other themes you think would be good?
 
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2022
Blisters, footwear, and foot care
Physical preparation and training hikes (I would suggest doing this one early on, as people may need months to follow through)
Rain gear, how to keep yourself and your pack dry
 

Jeff Crawley

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Past OR future Camino
A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
I’m facilitating a prep year planning group that meets monthly for a small group of u3a members who want to do the Camino one day possibly Sep/Oct 2022. We meet monthly and have had two meetings to date. Each month we tackle a different topic so far we’ve looked at
1. Footwear and rucksacks and poles
2. Different Camino routes

Our next meeting in November will be about the different types of accommodation.

We also plan to talk about other subjects like:
Food and water in Dec
Medical and bugs and safety in Jan
Walking in the dark/bad weather/heat in Feb
Books maps phones internet and websites in April

Any other themes you think would be good?
Communicating with Spanish people they'll meet along the way - a knowledge of basic (Camino related) Spanish would be helpful to them.

The "Englishman Abroad" method of speaking loudly and slowly won't get them very far in a small rural Spanish town!

(from a U3A Canterbury branch member)
 
Past OR future Camino
2022
Communicating with Spanish people they'll meet along the way - a knowledge of basic (Camino related) Spanish would be helpful to them.

The "Englishman Abroad" method of speaking loudly and slowly won't get them very far in a small rural Spanish town!

(from a U3A Canterbury branch member)

Absolutely! Basic travelers’ Spanish is so important. (I can’t believe I forgot this in my suggestions!)
 
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dougfitz

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Past OR future Camino
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
Any other themes you think would be good?
In my local camino group we mix the practical topics with a talk from someone who has done the camino recently about their experience. I find it inspirational to listen to these, and realise that ordinary people can do quite extra-ordinary things, and what a special community one enters when one is a pilgrim.
 

Yoyo

✿ Se hace el camino al andar. ✿
Past OR future Camino
2021
You could also include:

- accommodation options
- albergue etiquette
- a typical day on the camino
- finances (cost, ATM availability, cash vs. credit cards)
- cultural background info
- religious/spiritual aspects, if so inclined
- credencial, stamps, compostela, distance certificate
 

lcarneyfarwell

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Future: May 2022
I’m facilitating a prep year planning group that meets monthly for a small group of u3a members who want to do the Camino one day possibly Sep/Oct 2022. We meet monthly and have had two meetings to date. Each month we tackle a different topic so far we’ve looked at
1. Footwear and rucksacks and poles
2. Different Camino routes

Our next meeting in November will be about the different types of accommodation.

We also plan to talk about other subjects like:
Food and water in Dec
Medical and bugs and safety in Jan
Walking in the dark/bad weather/heat in Feb
Books maps phones internet and websites in April

Any other themes you think would be good?
I would love to Zoom into this planning group. My friend and I will be walking the Camino in May 2022. Please let me know if this is possible. Thanks.
Lisa Farwell
 

Ronald Boivin

Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
I’m facilitating a prep year planning group that meets monthly for a small group of u3a members who want to do the Camino one day possibly Sep/Oct 2022. We meet monthly and have had two meetings to date. Each month we tackle a different topic so far we’ve looked at
1. Footwear and rucksacks and poles
2. Different Camino routes

Our next meeting in November will be about the different types of accommodation.

We also plan to talk about other subjects like:
Food and water in Dec
Medical and bugs and safety in Jan
Walking in the dark/bad weather/heat in Feb
Books maps phones internet and websites in April

Any other themes you think would be good?
In which country do you live please? I may be interested depending g on time zones
 
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BonitaHolland

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Starting 3rd Sep 2016
Communicating with Spanish people they'll meet along the way - a knowledge of basic (Camino related) Spanish would be helpful to them.

The "Englishman Abroad" method of speaking loudly and slowly won't get them very far in a small rural Spanish town!

(from a U3A Canterbury branch member)
I’ve now arranged for the Beginners Spanish u3a group leader to give our group a talk on basic Camino related Spanish phrases. So a great idea thanks!
 

Theresa Brandon

Artist, photographer, dreamer
Past OR future Camino
Camino Inglés (2018), Camino Ingles (from La Coruña, 2019), Camino Portugues (2020)
- managing expectations
- group dynamics
- basic first aid
- making alternative plans in case of injury, weather or other circumstances
 
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Bob from L.A. !

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Past OR future Camino
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
I agree, each culture does. My point is common courtesy to all inside a commonplace hostel or albergue such as; not making lot's of noisy early in the morning, turning lights on in common areas while others are trying to sleep, drunkenly stumbling in late at night waking others who have abidded by house rules etc...
 

BonitaHolland

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Starting 3rd Sep 2016
I agree, each culture does. My point is common courtesy to all inside a commonplace hostel or albergue such as; not making lot's of noisy early in the morning, turning lights on in common areas while others are trying to sleep, drunkenly stumbling in late at night waking others who have abidded by house rules etc...
I’ve often thought about this issue as each individual has their own unique needs and so we all need to look at how our individual needs impact on others including the need to go to bed early/late or get up early/late.
 

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