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What keeps you going?

2020 Camino Guides

Molly Cassidy

Travelling light
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to start the Camino Frances from St Jean at the end of May (2020).
I am in the house on my own. I go out almost daily to the bakery and/or supermarket. I sit in the yard and watch the birds and the bats in the evening. What really keeps me going, though is hearing the people in the other houses - families having dinner in the evening, just to hear the rest of humanity. My neighbour and his small son have been planting vegetables in their garden. Just to experience these things daily makes me feel a bit better.
What makes you feel better?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - September 2019 / Camino de Madrid - September 2020
With my Camino corner I have the Camino feeling at home ...

When I retired from VDL in 2018, as a farewell I received ... some beautiful gifts that my colleagues had made for me. For once, they deviated from the almost standard fire pit that employees receive when they retire. I had previously indicated that they could not make me happy with that. They asked me what I wanted. Something to do with the Camino I said ... and so it happened !!

I still got the fire pit in a smaller version, but nicely decorated with feet and the text Buen Camino. In addition, 5 left and five right feet ... and a nice plate with the shell. Really beautifully made and I am very proud of it.

Now that I am redesigning my garden, there should also be room for my Camino corner. And I am happy how it turned out. My shoes are still waiting for the plants, and then it is all finished.
 

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witsendwv

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2015)
We live too rurally to hear others in their home so I would have to say hope. The spring peepers are back and that is a sure sign of spring here. Hope as the days get longer and sunnier the virus recedes. For the next few days we should have an evening concert.
 

Ekelund

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
“It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” Rumi
I go for long walks every day in my city of Copenhagen, Denmark. I walk in nearby parks since we can't go on the busses and trains and I do not have a car. This week has been nice and sunny and it has been wonderful walking. The people I met are very respectful of social distancing and we keep a couple of meters between us. I would go crazy if I did not have the opportunity to walk my 15 km every day.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
The immigrant boy who i helped when I was a school volunteer mum, has been in touch. He's made his way up from a newly arrived, non English speaking 10 yr old to a 40 something, flight attendant. He's married (arranged) has his wife plus two children and extended family to care for. He contacted me via Facebook to ask whether all was well and said to let him know if he could be of any help. Of course he's not flying now but meanwhile is assisting his elderly neighbours .
That I think is karma. I was very touched.
 

Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
I am enjoying the neighborhood "quiet". No (minimal) cars, airplanes, trains, sirens. It is unfortunate that it takes something like this virus to bring us back down to enjoying the basics of life, but until it is all over I am going to continue enjoying it and counting my Blessings.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Hopefully Via de Bayona/Burgos to Ponferrada/Camino de Invierno
I am in the house on my own. I go out almost daily to the bakery and/or supermarket. I sit in the yard and watch the birds and the bats in the evening. What really keeps me going, though is hearing the people in the other houses - families having dinner in the evening, just to hear the rest of humanity. My neighbour and his small son have been planting vegetables in their garden. Just to experience these things daily makes me feel a bit better.
What makes you feel better?
Well actually, just reading your post made me feel better. There is hope, just ‘talking’ to each other and sharing!
Otherwise , every day, what makes me feel better is knowing my children are coping (so far), my family , my friends and my children’s friends are ok (Sort of).
Times like this make you realise what really matters and it really is just the people. That’s it. I discovered this on pilgrimage, too soon put it at the back of my mind and it takes a rampant virus to remind me. Doh.
 

Theatregal

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
So far...
2012 ~ 2019
My family and friends and the more frequent connection by phone or skype. Embracing this gift of time which is giving a new rhythm to my days. In my working life I'm usually so busy and tired a lot of the time that I sometimes don't keep in as close contact as I should. This crisis has changed that. The joy of Spring and daily long walks along quiet paths near my home to see what's "waking up". I'm grateful for this slowing down which is essentially why I walk the camino. A chance to re-set. All of this helps to keep the worry at bay somewhat...doing my best to stay positive and focused on taking care of myself, my family and my community by sheltering in place - staying home.
 

witsendwv

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2015)
I am enjoying the neighborhood "quiet". No (minimal) cars, airplanes, trains, sirens. It is unfortunate that it takes something like this virus to bring us back down to enjoying the basics of life, but until it is all over I am going to continue enjoying it and counting my Blessings.
It is very strange. Typically in the early AM while we are having coffee on our front porch we see numerous contrails from jets flying along the east coast. None lately
 

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)
Patience.
Meditation.
Tea.
The bravery and kindness of others.
The blue sky.
And the birds. They're not thinking of virus, but just going about their business.
The great tree at the bottom of the hill. It has seen worse.

One step at a time.
 
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musicman

Ensuitepilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
With my Camino corner I have the Camino feeling at home ...

When I retired from VDL in 2018, as a farewell I received ... some beautiful gifts that my colleagues had made for me. For once, they deviated from the almost standard fire pit that employees receive when they retire. I had previously indicated that they could not make me happy with that. They asked me what I wanted. Something to do with the Camino I said ... and so it happened !!

I still got the fire pit in a smaller version, but nicely decorated with feet and the text Buen Camino. In addition, 5 left and five right feet ... and a nice plate with the shell. Really beautifully made and I am very proud of it.

Now that I am redesigning my garden, there should also be room for my Camino corner. And I am happy how it turned out. My shoes are still waiting for the plants, and then it is all finished.
 

musicman

Ensuitepilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
Thst is a brilliant bit of landscaping.
 
Camino(s) past & future
October 2020
Love the garden. I enjoy reading the posts each morning. My husband and I walk our dogs more often. We do see our neighbors more and they are doing social distancing as well. We see more children riding bikes and just playing outside than before. I am have been calling my family and friends more often to say hi and see how they are doing. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
Winter is giving way to spring here on Lake Erie. I saw my first forsythia bush this morning on the way to work, and daffodils are beginning to blossom. We've had a warmer and less snowy winter than usual, but these signs of spring are so welcome.

It's also

My work is somewhat risky: I work at a large food pantry where we give weekly food to those in need. As much as we tweak how we give out food, the usual protocols of keeping distance and not touching surfaces are hard to manage. But to see the gratitude and relief on the faces of the people we serve is worth it all. It's also my job to clean and sanitize after everyone leaves. I do the best I can with hand washing and sanitizer and disposable gloves when i'm there, and I come home and wash clothes and body before I do anything else.

I'm grateful that I have the means and comfort that help me be safe and warm. I'm grateful that I have friends to connect with. I'm grateful to have this community to check in with each day-- you help me remember that right now, each day is 'on the Camino' for me.
 

evanscl

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2016
I have sawed, hacked, halved and quartered every possible bit of firewood in the entire garden...

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Ditto. Also clearing brambles, having bonfires and collecting kindling from fallen branches. Enjoying all the primroses, watching the birds on the feeders, watching the colours of the landscape changing with the sunrise and sunset. Contacting family and friends by phone, whatsapp, email. Practising yoga, walking the field. Watching Schitt’s Creek on netflix, it took some getting used to but it is subtly funny and brilliantly acted and the characters grow on you plus its a world away from reality and makes me laugh.1AEF4F2A-2E41-411B-AFE4-095C95C39B0E.jpeg86236BD6-F0A1-431A-9633-EAB02547D1A4.jpeg
 

Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
We just went on Skype and contacted friends in Bilbao and some in Florence since we have been concerned about their wellbeing, given the nightly news statistics. It was wonderful to communicate, laugh and know they were all well. These are people we met while walking Caminos over the years and have remained friends with for about 8 years. It's amazing how you can meet a person walking on a desolate road in a foreign country, not speak their language and you bond for years to come and create a genuine caring for one another.
 

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)
Please pray for Michael Rosen, now in an ICU battling coronavirus. He wrote this poem in honor of the NHS - thease are the people who keep us going:

These are the Hands
Michael Rosen
for the 60th anniversary of the NHS

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.

These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.

These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.

And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.
 

Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Oh so true...
 

Liana

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
Burgos to Santiago, Sept 2018
CP Central 6/2020
With my Camino corner I have the Camino feeling at home ...

When I retired from VDL in 2018, as a farewell I received ... some beautiful gifts that my colleagues had made for me. For once, they deviated from the almost standard fire pit that employees receive when they retire. I had previously indicated that they could not make me happy with that. They asked me what I wanted. Something to do with the Camino I said ... and so it happened !!

I still got the fire pit in a smaller version, but nicely decorated with feet and the text Buen Camino. In addition, 5 left and five right feet ... and a nice plate with the shell. Really beautifully made and I am very proud of it.

Now that I am redesigning my garden, there should also be room for my Camino corner. And I am happy how it turned out. My shoes are still waiting for the plants, and then it is all finished.
I Love this, what a wonderful way to keep the camino always in your heart! Praying we are all able to return again soon but more importantly for all those whose lives are being lost and their families
 

Tincatinker

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
Please pray for Michael Rosen, now in an ICU battling coronavirus. He wrote this poem in honor of the NHS - thease are the people who keep us going:

These are the Hands
Michael Rosen
for the 60th anniversary of the NHS

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.

These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.

These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.

And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.
None of this has made me cry, till this.

Buen camino Michael Rosen
 

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)
Please pray for Michael Rosen, now in an ICU battling coronavirus. He wrote this poem in honor of the NHS - thease are the people who keep us going:

These are the Hands
Michael Rosen
for the 60th anniversary of the NHS

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.

These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.

These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.

And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.
Oh dear, is this the same Michael Rosen, sometime children's laureate and author of so many wonderful books that my children chose for their bedtime stories?
 

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)
Oh dear, is this the same Michael Rosen, sometime children's laureate and author of so many wonderful books that my children chose for their bedtime stories?
The very same.
There have been bears showing up all over....

I found his Twitter feed. This from his family, yesterday:
Michael is still poorly but continuing to improve. He has been able to eat today & will be getting a more comfortable oxygen mask soon. All good signs. He does know you've all been rooting for him with this lovely wave of support. Thanks again, Emma x
All this reminds me that it is care for each other that keeps me going....
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Today In most of France confinement is slowing being removed but here in the Aisne and much of the east it will continue for at least 3 more weeks.

My husband and I are nervous about the virus and the consequent state of the world although we are most thankful to be alive and together on our farm. Now that we are 81 and 80 years old these words by the American mystic Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968) provide a coda for our present lives.

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope."

May it be so and might we find the strength to endure.
 
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Lexicos

Jim K
Camino(s) past & future
French Way 2017. Lisbon to Santiago September 2019. Planning for Frances again Sept 2020
My family, my friends and, for them, my determination to stay strong, hopeful and optimistic. We come against hard times many times in life. Let’s not kid ourselves. You have no choice but to find things that give you strength and courage, whatever they are. For me it’s people first then music, art, literature.... all the beautiful things that people make when times are good. Keep your eyes on the horizon and go to it with a clean and pure soul. That’s how I keep going.
 

Lexicos

Jim K
Camino(s) past & future
French Way 2017. Lisbon to Santiago September 2019. Planning for Frances again Sept 2020
So, I hear you Molly. You’ve put to us a great question. I hope the answers let you know that you are not alone.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Hopefully Via de Bayona/Burgos to Ponferrada/Camino de Invierno
Today In most of France confinement is slowing being removed but here in the Aisne and much of the east it will continue for at least 3 more weeks.

My husband and I are nervous about the virus and the consequent state of the world although we are most thankful to be alive and together on our farm. Now that we are 81 and 80 years old these words by the American mystic Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968) provide a coda for our present lives.

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope."

May it be so and might we find the strength to endure.
Thank you for this. ❤
 

Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - September 2019 / Camino de Madrid - September 2020
thumbnail_IMG_20200503_163755_BURST001_COVER.jpg Cant talk about anything else than the Camino, my family says. They understand that I need to go back.
But as long as that is not possible, I will continue to enjoy my Camino corner. I can change the photo every time.
 

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)
Please pray for Michael Rosen, now in an ICU battling coronavirus. He wrote this poem in honor of the NHS - thease are the people who keep us going:
Good news:

Edit - I obviously missed this. Sorry for the duplicate news, but it IS nice to have for a change.
 
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Molly Cassidy

Travelling light
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to start the Camino Frances from St Jean at the end of May (2020).
So, I hear you Molly. You’ve put to us a great question. I hope the answers let you know that you are not alone.
Yes, it's good to hear how everyone is coping. Here in Greece restaurants and cafes reopen tomorrow. We have been allowed to go out freely for 3 weeks now, so I have been swimming in the sea every day and doing some walking.
 

Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
odd glass of Jameson. So far so good.
Push that odd glass of Jameson to the top of the list !!!!!!!!!!! (Tell your wife it is good to prevent you from this Covid 19 stuff !!!!)
 

Crosscheck Rider

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues '15, '16, & '19
Via Francigena '17
Frances '18
Muxia & Finisterre '18
Tahoe Rim Trail '19
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New bike build for local bikepacking and eventual post-covid touring. Adventure by bike when not walking all the way across Spain
 

Peregrinopaul

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Madrid/Sanabres/Frances reverse(2018)
...and eventual post-covid touring. Adventure by bike when not walking all the way across Spain
I'm already into because some of us are incredibly fortunate! I live in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, which is about the size of England and has no Covid cases. We are now permitted to travel within the region. I just spent a week at a tiny coastal paradise, a 250km bike ride north of where I live, which just officially came out of lockdown. I pitched my tent in a 300-bay caravan park, sharing with 2 other people.
IMG_0635.jpeg And as for the beach...
 

Crosscheck Rider

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues '15, '16, & '19
Via Francigena '17
Frances '18
Muxia & Finisterre '18
Tahoe Rim Trail '19
I'm already into because some of us are incredibly fortunate! I live in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, which is about the size of England and has no Covid cases. We are now permitted to travel within the region. I just spent a week at a tiny coastal paradise, a 250km bike ride north of where I live, which just officially came out of lockdown. I pitched my tent in a 300-bay caravan park, sharing with 2 other people.
View attachment 75674 And as for the beach...
Australia handles the pandemic well. It is great you are out and about!

I'll be heading out soon as well. I live near Lake Tahoe and the PCT so I have many trips in mind. Both on foot and bike. So much safer outdoors than in town.
 

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