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What is the most unusual thing you have seen on any Camino?

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caminoagogo

http://camino-a-go-go.blogspot.com/
Camino(s) past & future
Francés from Leon(2014)
Frances & Sanabres from Ourense (2018)
Portugués (2020)

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ),Via San Francesco(2017) Camino Portugese (2018 )Camino Ingles(2019) CF
dunno...

...sorry cannot recall, nor look up the location of this other than it was in some remote village...looking more closely, you'll see a dead rat left on top of the ?books pedestal...creepy and disturbing.
I'm leaning toward this being some sort of relic of a saint...maybe his spine? No idea who. I am, however certain, that I do not want to be displayed like this after I pass !IMG_0571.JPG
 
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Rosalinda

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 Sarria to Santiago; 2017 Ourense to Santiago
OK I don't have any pictures of what I saw and I was always wanted to ask the forum members but I didn't know how to ask (because of the nature of the question) , but since this question is being asked about unusual things seen, made me think about it so here it is: In 2017 we walked the Camino Sanabres and around day 3 (I think) we passed by an industrial park and then it went to a wooded area. My sister has an over active bladder and wanted to pee and we looked down and saw about 30 to 40 condoms all scattered about. Also earlier in the day we were walking and my mother in law was waiting for us leaning on a large pole when some car stopped and got out and started talking to her and since she doesn't speak spanish she has no idea what the guy was asking her. The guy left as soon as we appeared. We assumed that he was probably asking her if she was lost, but as soon as we crossed the road we saw lots of condoms scattered about. Then we all joked and told her that they were trying to pick her up. I thought this was all strange. Anyone else saw this walking the Sanabres?
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Strangest thing? Pilgrims insisting on getting up at 4am to rush out into the dark cold morning for who knows what reason....
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
Early morning in Convento de Santa Clara, Carrión de los Condes. A group of pilgrims waiting for a heavy rain to lessen up a bit...and we were joined by a young lady with full makeup, pretty dress, high heels, and a set of matching suitcases, the type that goes from big to little. A green character with antenna on his head would have seemed less incongruous.
The answer, as I discovered later, is that in this convent besides the pilgrim's albergue, there is a kind of hostal.
 
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calmeg

Member
Walking the Camino del norte in 2015, spent the night in Bodenaya with David (Awesome) walking down through some small towns, farms, villages, etc. Walked by a farm and saw 2 horses quietly eating away. And then in the corner of an enclosure was a horse- on its back, feet straight up in the air- dead as a doornail. Just like something out of the comics. Nobody apparently had seen it or perhaps waiting for someone to come by with a truck to take it away?
 

Paladina

old woman of the roads
Camino(s) past & future
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles etc (2018), Mozarabe etc (2019), tbc (2020)
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These were COMPLETELY out of context to me.
Actually, even with context they are two of the strangest things I've ever seen.
Medieval and early modern pilgrims would not have found images of St Agatha ‘out of context’ on the Camino. You don’t give the location of these figures, but it would not surprise me if you came across them in the vicinity of Palencia as some of her relics are said to be preserved there, and at Oviedo and Barcelona. Bilbao’s Museo de Bellas Artes possesses a painting by Gaspar de Palencia (c. 1578) of The Martyrdom of St Agatha. You can read the gruesome account of her torture and martyrdom in The Golden Legend.
 

MagnusPompey

Bwana.
Camino(s) past & future
El Norte 2016, VdlP, el Norte, 2018,
I have seen stones piled by the side of the road, people carrying all their possessions walking west, yellow arrows pointing the way. I have heard people singing, others wishing ‘happy trails’ and pilgrims praying. I have seen laughing crowds form in restaurants and empty fields and land lots of land under starry, starry nights. I have been an ant travelling to the light for a thousand years.
 

Felice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
OK I don't have any pictures of what I saw and I was always wanted to ask the forum members but I didn't know how to ask (because of the nature of the question) , but since this question is being asked about unusual things seen, made me think about it so here it is: In 2017 we walked the Camino Sanabres and around day 3 (I think) we passed by an industrial park and then it went to a wooded area. My sister has an over active bladder and wanted to pee and we looked down and saw about 30 to 40 condoms all scattered about. Also earlier in the day we were walking and my mother in law was waiting for us leaning on a large pole when some car stopped and got out and started talking to her and since she doesn't speak spanish she has no idea what the guy was asking her. The guy left as soon as we appeared. We assumed that he was probably asking her if she was lost, but as soon as we crossed the road we saw lots of condoms scattered about. Then we all joked and told her that they were trying to pick her up. I thought this was all strange. Anyone else saw this walking the Sanabres?
Not on the Sanabres, but twice when I was walking the Cami Catalan to Montserrat, I came across a woman sitting on a white plastic chair, at the side of a busy road. Both times there was a wide gravel pull off beyond her. First time I cheerfully said hello, and was surprised by the lack of response and even hostility. Second time, the penny dropped and I realised what she was waiting for. Bet there was a pile of condoms had I gone looking....
 

Ferenjinan

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy- Auvillar ( 2018 )
Lisbon- Santiago (2019)

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
Leaving a small village fairly early in the morning, passed a bloke standing in his garage ( or some such open fronted room) with shirt and no trousers. He had an erect penis which seemed to have a bunch of balloons tied to it. I didn't stop for a good look, and took no photos. But it was fairly funny, though he may have been disappointed at getting no reaction from me.
 

Shades of Narnia

Sandi, Shades of Narnia
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis, 2014
Camino Portuguese 2015
Camino Francis, 2016 & Hospitalera in Viana Spain
(etc)
Strangest thing? Pilgrims insisting on getting up at 4am to rush out into the dark cold morning for who knows what reason....
Not so strange; I think the 'drive' comes from spending so much time outside that the contrasting Albergue lack of air and crowded sleeping situation (some) propels one out the door at soonest opportunity.
 

Shades of Narnia

Sandi, Shades of Narnia
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis, 2014
Camino Portuguese 2015
Camino Francis, 2016 & Hospitalera in Viana Spain
(etc)
There was an art installation, either on Francis or Portuguese, in a meseta-like setting, that had a box set up by a fence (to stand on) and a box at eye level rigged with mirrors. Gazing into it one got a more focused look at a building in the distance. Anyone else spot this?
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - León, Camino Frances (2012 - 2019)
Early one morning in May 2016, just south of Miramont Sensacq on the Puy route, I was walking along a farm track when I was overtaken - by a man on a unicycle. Just managed to get a snap before he disappeared. I caught up with him later. He was a young Frenchman who had unicycled from Paris and was heading for SdC - I hope he got there.Chemin 2016 043.JPG
 

Paladina

old woman of the roads
Camino(s) past & future
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles etc (2018), Mozarabe etc (2019), tbc (2020)
Early one morning in May 2016, just south of Miramont Sensacq on the Puy route, I was walking along a farm track when I was overtaken - by a man on a unicycle. Just managed to get a snap before he disappeared. I caught up with him later. He was a young Frenchman who had unicycled from Paris and was heading for SdC - I hope he got there.
And I hope that not only did he get to Santiago but also that he was awarded a unique compostela. The regular version appears to recognise the achievement only of those cyclists who arrive by birota.
 

Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
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These were COMPLETELY out of context to me.
Actually, even with context they are two of the strangest things I've ever seen.
I believe she is Saint Agatha or Sant Agata from Sicily, a virgin martyr who refused to give up her vow of chastity to a powerful man, Quintianus, who commanded that she be tortured to death. I believe the year was 251. Today, Saint Agatha is the patron saint of breast cancer! Do you remember when these two sculptures were created?
 

howlsthunder

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2018)
Camino Francés (2020)
I don't know which is more disturbing; the gaping chest cavity or his grossly oversized forearm.

Medieval and early modern pilgrims would not have found images of St Agatha ‘out of context’ on the Camino. You don’t give the location of these figures, but it would not surprise me if you came across them in the vicinity of Palencia as some of her relics are said to be preserved there, and at Oviedo and Barcelona. Bilbao’s Museo de Bellas Artes possesses a painting by Gaspar de Palencia (c. 1578) of The Martyrdom of St Agatha. You can read the gruesome account of her torture and martyrdom in The Golden Legend.
I believe she is Saint Agatha or Sant Agata from Sicily, a virgin martyr who refused to give up her vow of chastity to a powerful man, Quintianus, who commanded that she be tortured to death. I believe the year was 251. Today, Saint Agatha is the patron saint of breast cancer! Do you remember when these two sculptures were created?
The sculptures were in the Palacio Episcopal d’Estorga in Astorga, the one designed by Gaudi. On the ground floor they had a sort of museum with all kinds of medieval artifacts (older artifacts in the basement!). I did not take photos of the identification plates because I happened to be walking with two historians (a Christian historian and a medieval historian) and they filled me in. ;) But judging by the other sculptures and my minor art history background, they were from somewhere in the 15th-16th centuries.

So now I'm a fan of Saint Agatha (my mother passed away from complications due to breast cancer; my first Camino was for me, my second will be for her).
 

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

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
Yes, cute, but definately unusual, especially in Spain !😉 Thanks once again for "clarifying" the size.
 

ISABEL linares

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino frances,camino del norte,camino frances
Strangest thing? Pilgrims insisting on getting up at 4am to rush out into the dark cold morning for who knows what reason....
I will agree with you I at that time you could not see the beauty of the Camino.
 

bobbogram

Member
Camino(s) past & future
El Norte San Sebastián to Santiago; Portuguese Lisbon to Porto; Porto to Santiago; Geneva west
Cliffs near Llanes.
One of the unknown navigators.
Cathedral beach, soon to be totally under water.
Not all water created equally.
 

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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I didn't actually see this, but @SYates and several other pilgrims told me about a pilgrim carrying a cat on a tray that was attached around his neck. Unfortunately, no one had a picture to share.😕
 

Finisterre

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria 2001,
Porto 2006,
Valenca 2008,
Finisterre 2010,
SJdPP 2012,
Tui 2014.

No plans to return, yet.
Leaving a small village fairly early in the morning, passed a bloke standing in his garage ( or some such open fronted room) with shirt and no trousers. He had an erect penis which seemed to have a bunch of balloons tied to it. I didn't stop for a good look, and took no photos. But it was fairly funny, though he may have been disappointed at getting no reaction from me.
You can only hope he was waiting for his wife.
 

Dynosirfon

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais
Cycling along the Camino del Norte last summer along a paved cycle path early on a Sunday morning two party animals having sex in the standing position I never rang my bell ....
 

Theandrea

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2015, March 2016, January 2017
I found one rollerskate in the middle of the Camino road far away from any village. As bizzar this find was as amazing was it’s timing when I found it. I was before cross fero and wondering what I wanted to lay down with a stone. I have lost my stone I brought from home the night before and wanted to find another one when the rollerskate popped up on the way. It was a real Camino moment or the Camino provides moment. Without hesitation I picked it up put it at the outside of my backpack and knew instantly what I have to lay down and change in my life. Slow down in life (I am hyperactive and have a million projects always at the same time and had hardly time for my own children and family). So I carried that heavy skate three more days and lay it down at the cross fero. Neatly to say it worked! The same day I met the slowest pilgrim ever and we stuck together to the end walking doing everything half the speed the others did. When I came home indeed I was able to slow down
 

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

Reidun Fyno

I'm a beliver :-)
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014)
Camino de Assisi (2015)
Camino Frances from Villafranca del Bierzo (2017)

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF april 18.. CP sep 18.. CF april 2020
Leaving a small village fairly early in the morning, passed a bloke standing in his garage ( or some such open fronted room) with shirt and no trousers. He had an erect penis which seemed to have a bunch of balloons tied to it. I didn't stop for a good look, and took no photos. But it was fairly funny, though he may have been disappointed at getting no reaction from me.
I believe 'feliz cumpleaños' is the correct response in this situation.
 

jungleboy

Nick
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
On one the later stages of the Camino Frances, my walking companions and I came across a Vending Machine that to memory it was some kilometers to the next town. Needless to say, we were delighted to have a cold Beer.View attachment 51689
It looks like you had several beers, based on the camera focusing... ;)
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
This photo could be the blue ribbon winner! Do you remember where was it taken?
:) I took it in a store window near the main square in Villafranca Del Bierzo the day before my birthday last year
 

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
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:) I took it in a store window near the main square in Villafranca Del Bierzo the day before my birthday last year
One of my favorite towns on the camino! I had my very first pulpo on the main drag under an umbrella!🐙
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
O
One of my favorite towns on the camino! I had my very first pulpo on the main drag under an umbrella!🐙
When we arrived most everything was closed in the town. Spanish holiday. But later all the restaurants were open. But those hills, those hills ...after walking all day. I almost preferred to starve than walking up and down those hills as I was staying in the municipal at the top as you enter the town by the castle. It’s a nice little town. Really lovely and the people were super nice.

It’s funny the item in the window made me think I was so tired and hungry I could eat my own leg....😂😂😂
I think it is a rendition of a famous art piece
 
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Theatregal

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
So far...
2012 ~ 2019
On the Portugues near Esposende. About a 1km stretch of quiet dirt road that seemed to be a graveyard for shoes. Shoes everywhere along the sides of the road, some were deliberately arranged in groups, some dug into the embankment, some squashed on the road. It was the wierdest thing and actually started to feel quite creepy the farther along I walked. Was happy to get off that path!

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Michael; Camino-addicted

Take your time to enjoy a beautiful moment
Camino(s) past & future
A few Caminos
Next plan - Camino de Baztan
When my sister and I arrived 2017 in Ambasmestas in the Albergue we thought we were the only pilgrims there, except a young men who worked in the garden for a place to sleep and the meal in the evening.

We chilled a little bit, washed our clothes and went under the shower. After that, we went to the little bar in the Albergue and talked to the russian owners and Jean from France, the gardener.

Suddenly we heard a hair dryer and were a bit confused, because it was very hot, and no one needed a hair dryer. Jean and the owners were smilling and said: " We organized a little surprise for you".

After a few minutes, Maria from Brazil entered the room and it was like Sophia Loren came in - like a performance on a stage. Maria was fully equipped with purple lipstick, lacquered fingernails, completely made-up, with jewelry, earrings and sunglasses on the perfectly hair. The smell that she exuded was incredible. She wore a beautiful dress that was very flattering to her figure and she was aware of her effect on us. Our mouthes rose wide.:eek:

Maria was a very pretty and friendly lawyer from Sao Paulo. She made reservations from home for every Albergue on her way from Leon to Santiago, under the condition to get a room of her own, because a friend told her, it could be very full. It's probably not necessary to mention, that she had a very large suitcase and organized a transport with Taxi for it every day.

We laughed a lot - the underclass meets the goddess of the Camino🥰

The meal was fantastic, Jean was a great musician and we had a lovely evening on the terrace. Only five persons, but the mood was like a big party.

I think, she did a very different kind of Camino, but, who cares......

Neither before nor after have I ever met such a pilgrim on the Camino.

Michael
 
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RumAndChupacabras

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Jul-Sept 2019: Six weeks in Northern Spain.
Apr 2018 Asturias
May 2016 CP: Portuguese
@KJFSophie WOW. Thank you so much for posting that picture. I believe @caminoagogo is correct about this being Saint Sebastian. Although I can't find the rat you mentioned, it appears that perhaps the artist is representing The Black Plague of that time (maybe even, that it ate his innards).
 

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
On the Portugues near Esposende. About a 1km stretch of quiet dirt road that seemed to be a graveyard for shoes. Shoes everywhere along the sides of the road, some were deliberately arranged in groups, some dug into the embankment, some squashed on the road. It was the wierdest thing and actually started to feel quite creepy the farther along I walked. Was happy to get off that path!

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I leave for Portugal on April 15th. I will watch for this creepy area! Maybe I will need new shoes by then and will have plenty to choose from!
 

Shades of Narnia

Sandi, Shades of Narnia
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis, 2014
Camino Portuguese 2015
Camino Francis, 2016 & Hospitalera in Viana Spain
(etc)
I think the 2 Marias,one is putting the hand out,to see if the other one has to open the umbrella for the rain.
O, that is a great thought instead of thinking of them as begging. I LOVeE those Marias and stop by to say 'hi", each time I am in Santiago :)
 

ISABEL linares

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino frances,camino del norte,camino frances
O, that is a great thought instead of thinking of them as begging. I LOVeE those Marias and stop by to say 'hi", each time I am in Santiago :)
They were 2 sisters,Corali & Maruxa and every day at 2 o'clock the went for a walk in the 50 and sixties.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
On the Camino inglés
Coming very late to this party...so @domigee...snap!
I took it in a store window near the main square in Villafranca Del Bierzo the day before my birthday last year
What, @Iriebabel , you didn't get it as a birthay gift to yourself? ;)

Besides that peregrina-eating dinosaur, the most sureal thing I've seen was a bit off the San Olav, when I stumbled across the Sad Hill Cemetary set from The Good the Bad, and the Ugly.P1020367.jpg
(This is not my photo - it's been restored since I was there in 2016, so now looks much more spiffy than it was when I saw it. Then there was just a battered sign and an overgrown field.)
 
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