Just wanted peoples opinion if they take"reading material" besides a travel guide. I am using Walking the camino de Santiago by bethan davies and ben cole. I guess a book is good for the flight but while in the hostel????? Too much weight?
books, particularly glossy guides, are probably the heaviest thing you'll be carrying, so my recommendation is to make notes to take with you and leave the glossy photos at home. I always have piles of unread magazines at home, so I take a few of those along for the flight and chuck em away on arrival.
An alternative for en route (if you have time for such things) is audiobooks. A modern mp3 player the size of your thumb weighs next to nothing. Free downloads from e.g. http://www.free-books.org/ Perhaps 'Pilgrims Progress' and Borrow's 'Bible in Spain' would be most appropriate.
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I took a book with me the first time I walked the camino - sure that I would have long, lazy evenings to relax and read (my favorite passtime) but after 3 days I left it in an albergue. There were so many new experiences to absorb that I couldn't concentrate on the book at all. Most evenings I was ready for bed and sleep by 8pm.
There seem to be two kinds of pilgrims in the refuges. Those that arrive in the afternoon, have a long siesta until 6 or 7pm, then get up, bathe and go out sightseeing before looking for dinner.
The others (like me) arrive, shower, wash clothes, go out to see what's on offer, get back to the albergue and crash by 7 or 8pm.
I'm sure you are going to have such a wonderful time, so many new places to see, people to chat, different languages spoken, new smells and tastes that I really don't think you will need a book to read whilst walking the camino.
Have a wonderful walk.
I'm with Sil. Never without a book at home but wanted to keep the weight down so didn't pack one for the Camino. Wouldn't have had a chance anyway - early nights, new people to meet, places to see, journal to write and lots to think about. Didn't miss reading at all.
thanks for your input. I asked another friend who did the trail (they were a group of 3) and she read alot (guess she was waiting)
i have decided on not taking a book, except my pilgrim book and journal.
i like to converse with others from different parts of the world, sight see and of course i am usually in bed by 9. It is all a choice. For me it is better to stay up and go to bed early rather than have a nap.
Excuse my techno-ignorance. What form would an e-book take, I thought you needed a computer for that. Do you download it and print it out? Or download it onto an MP3 or iPod and listen to it?
Last year, I took one of my lighter Bibles, a sketch book and a big fat novel. I read a few chapters of the latter but not enough to want to carry the same weight this year. Since I've recently got a Palm Pilot, I'm going to load it with one or twe ebooks and rely on that. I'll probably take a small New Testament and Psalms but also hope to have decided on a Palm-based Bible by then as well.
I'm not sure the battery life will do for the entire trip (especially if I end up doing more reading than last year) so I'm also going to purchase a "battery extender", allowing the Palm to be recharged from AA batteries.
As well as reading, I also plan to do some writing. As last year, I'd like to post a blog entry for each day of the walk but it would be great to get them drafted out while on the journey itself.