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What do you miss the most?

Camino(s) past & future
Completed: Camino Frances - Spring'16
Preparing: Camino Frances - Fall ‘23
#1
I'm quickly coming up to my two-year Camino anniversary and I'm finding myself in serious withdrawal. Definitely missing the carefree lifestyle of the Way. My planned voyage in 2023 can't come soon enough!

Any other pilgrims out there raring to get back on the road? What do you miss the most?
 

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zrexer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014, 15 & 16 Camino Frances
2017 Camino Portuguese
2018 Camino Primitivo (Sept.)
#7
The simplicity of Camino life is what I like. My suspicion is that your actual life should be lived more like a Camino life. Modern life is so complicated and stressful, a Camino walk is a respite from all of that.
Why I have gone on a walk the every year since 2014 and will walk the Primitivo this September.
 
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JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
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#9
What I miss the most from any of my Caminos are the places and the local people who live in them, and whether kind or cruel or indifferent, the people who live in and work in or visit or pass through these other places, including of course the other pilgrims, are always the keenest gift.

I am perhaps spoiled somewhat, as I live in one of the most beautiful of the locations right on top of the Way between Rome and Compostela, so that not only is my basic local fitness hike a short walk along the Camino itself, but I also not infrequently meet pilgrims to either Rome or Santiago in the course of my ordinary routines.

But I do not have the daily simplicity of the walking, nor the freshness of never quite knowing where I'll sleep, nor what I'll eat, nor of the fresh unknown beyond a stranger horizon. The starkness in the purpose there. The more healthy living. These I certainly miss.
 

Kurt5280

Crazy Enough To Try It Again!
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPDP & Finisterre & Muxia 9/15 - Future: Camino del Norte 8/18 (All Mountain Bike)
#10
I miss having done something that most people just talk about...my next Camino...Camino del Norte from Biarritz to Santiago starting August 2018...I feel like I have to prove to myself that I can do it again.
 
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Annette london

Active Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
#11
I'm quickly coming up to my two-year Camino anniversary and I'm finding myself in serious withdrawal. Definitely missing the carefree lifestyle of the Way. My planned voyage in 2023 can't come soon enough!

Any other pilgrims out there raring to get back on the road? What do you miss the most?
I miss it all
Every last bit of it
The planning
The walking
The frequent stops at the cafés
The arriving at the destination and the relaxation afterwards
The menu de perigeno ..oh yes indeed
Most especially though ...that first step in the morning as the sun is rising ...it's just magical
This new BBC programme has definitely unhinged me a bit as I just want to take off...now
However we'll have to wait till June now ...and then head off to the San Salvidor
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
Alone.
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CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
with my wife Pat.
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CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
together again :-)
#13
I'm quickly coming up to my two-year Camino anniversary and I'm finding myself in serious withdrawal. Definitely missing the carefree lifestyle of the Way. My planned voyage in 2023 can't come soon enough!

Any other pilgrims out there raring to get back on the road? What do you miss the most?
  1. Not having to constantly think about work! (Business owner)
  2. Actually experiencing Life, as it is meant to be.
 

ShaLaw

Active Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, fall of 2015
#15
Being off the grid, not living by the clock, meeting new people and how wonderful everyone is to each other along the way. I once read on here that the way people treat each other on the Camino is God’s wish for how people should always treat each other. And I believe it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Completed: Camino Frances - Spring'16
Preparing: Camino Frances - Fall ‘23
#17
Thanks for asking.

What I miss is the sense of living in the moment, here and now. On the Camino I wake up, I walk. If I am hungry, I eat. If I am thisty I drink. At the end of the day when I am tired, I stop, I eat and I rest. I take each day by itself, living in the moment and not worrying about what was or what will be.
Beautifully said :)
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
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#18
Thanks for asking.

What I miss is the sense of living in the moment, here and now. On the Camino I wake up, I walk. If I am hungry, I eat. If I am thisty I drink. At the end of the day when I am tired, I stop, I eat and I rest. I take each day by itself, living in the moment and not worrying about what was or what will be.
yeah, I think your Camino wasn't long enough -- all that you say is perfectly true, but there's a moment where you get outside of the peculiarity of the Camino to realise that these virtues are vital to a simple daily life, rather than being some sort of escape from it.
 

Jackster

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
spring 2013
#19
I completed the Frances in 2016 on my own, I miss it all, so much so am going again in July, this time with my partner, and once again taking six weeks so that we can enjoy it. Even that will go too fast!
 

Desert Bruce

Member
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Camino(s) past & future
July2015 2 weeks vol Santiago Pilgrim office
2016 Sept-Oct St Jean-Muxia
2017 Pamplona-Finisterra
#21
The simplicity of life on the Camino, the shared goal and most of all the comradery.
I walked from SJPdP to Muxia in Sept 2016. It did not take much to get me to walk again in 2017, just an interested friend asking if I’d do it again.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Many more to come in my future God willing !
#22
There is way too much I miss, all of the aforementioned plus probably 10 more.
The camaraderie, the laughs along the way, at the end of the day and yes, even the cold beer over dinner.........
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
#23
#1 The excitement leading up to the journey. Flying there, taking the
train, getting your first stamp.
#2 Being out in the wide open spaces just me and nature and God.
Sooooo peaceful.
#3 Café con Letche
#4 A nice sweet orange to eat while walking
#5 Hot shower at the end of the walk
#6 Downing cold kefir after the long hot day
#6 The special few pilgrims I connected with
#7
 

lbrown498

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
October 2012 done 2015 planning
#24
Drifting from horizon to horizon like a cloud. Climbing off the path into the woods to take a leak and find my pilgrim's staff lying on the ground in front of me. Spanish bartenders - they're brilliant, taking multitasking to a completely new level. Walking through fields, villages, woodlands, urban industrial areas, mountains, and plains. Speaking Spanish every day. Cafe con leche in the morning. African bananas. Deep conversations with people from everywhere. Dinner with South Korean students who just smile, nod, and say Yes Yes. Peering over fences and through hedges into people's lives. Communal meals in the Alberque. The simple joy of walking in, through, and penetrated by beauty.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2017
#28
The first steps in the morning. The first stop for cafe con leche. The incredible views of color in nature. The tired legs from great exercise. The beer at the end of the walk. The shower (different in each albergue). The conversation with other peregrinos. Slipping into my sleeping bag after the pilgrim’s meal. Starting all over again the next morning. Glorious!
 

Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#30
I miss the great feeling I had from feeling so fit and strong.
The other pilgrims I befriended.
Spain; the villages, the countryside.
Eating what I liked and not putting on weight
That first stop in the morning for breakfast.
The shower when I finished walking for the day
The long relaxed lunch/dinner in the afternoon
The wine
The languages, the chatter
Feeling blissfully tired at night, but waking up ready to go
The huge sky above
The mist in the Galecian valleys
The animals sharing The Way, cows, dogs, sheep, horses, cats
Exploring in the evening, learning about the places we visited
Everything about being a pilgrim
 
#31
1. Snoring
2. Fresh air. I never travel without a nose plug espically at 2 am
3 . Some people seem to be alegeric to soap and water
4 plastic bags but away for more hardship soon
 

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