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Those grim Camino pictures - :)

kfw

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Français X 4, Camino Portugues from Lisbon, Camino Olaf, Via de la Plata
While I appreciate the "unicorn and raInbow" nature of people's experiences on the Camino, reality can be somewhat different, at least from my experience and I have done nine.

I think it was day 42 of one of the longer Caminos and it was just before arriving in Santiago. Two days before, I had a bout of stomach flu and while I wasn't entirely up to snuff, I was determined to finish.

It didn't escape me that the Camino is a metaphor for life - :)

However, it was a tough slog and I was feeling less than stellar! In all honesty, I think I had lost the plot.

One of my Camino friends took this picture and in one of those amazing moments where photography captures more than the single frame, it captured my determination and probably my sense of defeat.

Rest assured, I made it and I had some celebratory beers - :)2152074E-DB60-48B8-BB81-13420678B7B7-538-00000066FCDD1201.jpg
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I have a blogpost full of such pictures....
 

scruffy1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
Boabdil's Revenge is a bad thing. Came down with bronchitis for a week once, a fever, couldn't breathe, tea with lemon and the hospitilare in El Burgo Ranero saw me through. The Camino is not a good place to be ill!
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
I have determined over the years and my several Caminos that, physical death aside, the worst thing that can befall any pilgrim while on a Camino is a gastrointestinal illness. Explanting that one has a "stomach flu" is about the most delicate way of saying one has the 'trots" as can be.

It is never a pleasant thing, even when one is at home in familiar circumstances. Besides the obvious inconvenience, discomfort and embarrassment, there is the ever lingering threat of dehydration. This is actually more serious than the obvious presentation of the problem.

If you contract one, from any source, the only wise thing you can do is get to a pharmacy then stay an extra day where you are for the medicine to take effect...if it will work at all. Plus, to stay hydrated, you should be stationary until the symptoms subside...
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sep/Oct 2015
C Primitivo Sep / Oct 2016
Portugese Sep/Oct 2017
VdlP, Muxia 2018
While I appreciate the "unicorn and raInbow" nature of people's experiences on the Camino, reality can be somewhat different, at least from my experience and I have done nine.

I think it was day 42 of one of the longer Caminos and it was just before arriving in Santiago. Two days before, I had a bout of stomach flu and while I wasn't entirely up to snuff, I was determined to finish.

It didn't escape me that the Camino is a metaphor for life - :)

However, it was a tough slog and I was feeling less than stellar! In all honesty, I think I had lost the plot.

One of my Camino friends took this picture and in one of those amazing moments where photography captures more than the single frame, it captured my determination and probably my sense of defeat.

Rest assured, I made it and I had some celebratory beers - :)View attachment 67011
A picture for life
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
I have determined over the years and my several Caminos that, physical death aside, the worst thing that can befall any pilgrim while on a Camino is a gastrointestinal illness. Explanting that one has a "stomach flu" is about the most delicate way of saying one has the 'trots" as can be.

It is never a pleasant thing, even when one is at home in familiar circumstances. Besides the obvious inconvenience, discomfort and embarrassment, there is the ever lingering threat of dehydration. This is actually more serious than the obvious presentation of the problem.

If you contract one, from any source, the only wise thing you can do is get to a pharmacy then stay an extra day where you are for the medicine to take effect...if it will work at all. Plus, to stay hydrated, you should be stationary until the symptoms subside...
A great reason for being a great age and staying away from Albergues and getting a room for the night. One can have great fun practising one's Spanish for such occasions! My favourite is " tengo la cacas!" :) :) Try not to laugh more than 3 feet away from the lavvy!

Yours aye, the malingerer!

ps, always, ALWAYS, have the spare bog roll to hand !
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Nice post but - hang on! What is this about unicorns? Are you suggesting that they aren't real? Crikey .. start there and next thing you know it is faeries, elves, and Santa Claus!!!
And what about the Loch Ness monster... and shhh, King Arthur?
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
I honestly have had only wonderful times on all the Caminos I have done, and I have done many. That is why I keep doing them, lol :D. Not a single photo of the hundreds I have from the Camino show anything else.
Have I been cheated for not experiencing misery on the Camino? :D
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I honestly have had only wonderful times on all the Caminos I have done, and I have done many. That is why I keep doing them, lol :D. Not a single photo of the hundreds I have from the Camino show anything else.
Have I been cheated for not experiencing misery on the Camino? :D
I look at ALL my photos with fondness but some of my friends don’t think they look wonderful!
 

GeorgeMacCready

New Member
While I appreciate the "unicorn and raInbow" nature of people's experiences on the Camino, reality can be somewhat different, at least from my experience and I have done nine.

I think it was day 42 of one of the longer Caminos and it was just before arriving in Santiago. Two days before, I had a bout of stomach flu and while I wasn't entirely up to snuff, I was determined to finish.

It didn't escape me that the Camino is a metaphor for life - :)

However, it was a tough slog and I was feeling less than stellar! In all honesty, I think I had lost the plot.

One of my Camino friends took this picture and in one of those amazing moments where photography captures more than the single frame, it captured my determination and probably my sense of defeat.

Rest assured, I made it and I had some celebratory beers - :)View attachment 67011
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
I look at ALL my photos with fondness but some of my friends don’t think they look wonderful!
That is true for me too. That is one reason I really don't particularly want to talk a lot about my caminos. I have no urge to "sell" others on the experience. You can usually tell within a minute or two whether they will "get" it or not. If not, I change the topic.
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
That is true for me too. That is one reason I really don't particularly want to talk a lot about my caminos. I have no urge to "sell" others on the experience. You can usually tell within a minute or two whether they will "get" it or not. If not, I change the topic.
I am by nature a very private person and I tend to err on the side of assuming people are not interested in my life! So it takes me by surprise when an acquaintance approaches me with a comment about my blog! I write primarily for family and friends, but have become increasingly aware that a few Camino forum addicts follow along;-)
I try to record my experience for what it is - like you, I don’t feel the need to convince people that THEY should do it. Actually that’s my philosophy for all of life! What works for me at this point may be of no benefit to the next person!
 

mvanert

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Bits and pieces - 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020?
Boabdil's Revenge is a bad thing. Came down with bronchitis for a week once, a fever, couldn't breathe, tea with lemon and the hospitilare in El Burgo Ranero saw me through. The Camino is not a good place to be ill!
I, too, was very ill on my first camino but was well cared for by kind folks in the albergue where I was staying. The Camino (and my sister) did provide!
 

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