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What types of threads would you like to see, while we wait for the chance to walk a Camino?

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    Votes: 8 14.3%
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    Votes: 25 44.6%
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    Votes: 15 26.8%
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    Votes: 20 35.7%
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C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
It has been about a year since we realized our 2020 Caminos were not to be. Now we are getting the idea that our 2021 Caminos won't happen in the next 6 months and maybe not at all :(.

It sometimes seems that we are running out of things to talk about on the forum, at least if we want to stay Camino-related but avoid Covid, vaccines, lockdowns, and the wisdom/probability of traveling in 2021. Maybe we can get a bit organized and foster some interesting threads.

I've listed some types of threads above - just what I could think of in a few minutes. Which ones do you like best? I'm only letting you choose your top 3, but please 🙏 add ideas in the thread below. Or send me a private Conversation.

Also, don't forget to participate in whatever threads are started! We would really like to keep this community active and positive but still adhering to the Camino theme while we wait out the pandemic.
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
It has been about a year since we realized our 2020 Caminos were not to be. Now we are getting the idea that our 2021 Caminos won't happen in the next 6 months and maybe not at all :(.

It sometimes seems that we are running out of things to talk about on the forum, at least if we want to stay Camino-related but avoid Covid, vaccines, lockdowns, and the wisdom/probability of traveling in 2021. Maybe we can get a bit organized and foster some interesting threads.

I've listed some types of threads above - just what I could think of in a few minutes. Which ones do you like best? I'm only letting you choose your top 3, but please 🙏 add ideas in the thread below. Or send me a private Conversation.

Also, don't forget to participate in whatever threads are started! We would really like to keep this community active and positive but still adhering to the Camino theme while we wait out the pandemic.
Up at six this morning to start seriously thinking of the way ahead. David Gilgitz's book : The Pilgrimage road to Santiago arrived yesterday and I have read as far as Pamplona over my morning coffee. Seriously hoping for a financial miracle so that I can do a "King Snail" Camino or in other words only 10 kms a day. I could then take the time to really look and absorb the Spain I have been trudging through since 2003, often head down! like it says in the song " If you don't have a dream, how ya gonna make a dream come true"!

Samarkand. :)
 
Year of past OR future Camino
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
I'm hoping my March 2022 Camino might still happen.
No way of knowing of course.
Australian Government is saying they may not allow International Travel till the end of 2021.

Whatever will be, will be.
These things cannot be rushed.

Certainly on my next Camino I want to take more time to look at historical sites......
So learning more about that would be great.

And the local Camino groups. Who they are, how they support Pilgrims etc.
Great to know for the more remote routes.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
walked from Pau to Jaca May 2012, planning to walk from canfranc station to however far i get over a two week period towards Santiago, planning to start mid may 2015.
I'm hoping my March 2022 Camino might still happen.
No way of knowing of course.
Australian Government is saying they may not allow International Travel till the end of 2021.

Whatever will be, will be.
These things cannot be rushed.

Certainly on my next Camino I want to take more time to look at historical sites......
So learning more about that would be great.

And the local Camino groups. Who they are, how they support Pilgrims etc.
Great to know for the more remote routes.
I read the forum daily, and find it fascinating, what I would like to know is about these people who are working away in the background, an example being, who’s repairing the yellow arrows,
Do they come out at night when nobody is about? Simple question
 

Martin 888

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2019, Camino Frances 2020, Camino del Norte 2021
It would be fun to have some kind of interactive map to illustrate the home location of forum members around the world. It would be interesting in itself but one might discover a fellow pilgrim just down the street you didn’t know about. I recall a church in a small town between Logrono and Najera that had a map of the world above its ‘sello table’ that visitors could place a pin in to mark where they were from.....fascinating ! I was the only pin from Newfoundland.
 
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henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
I wonder if we might compile a short ‘Camino basics’ guide - perhaps focussed on the most common initial Camino which I am guessing is the CdF from Sarria or thereabouts?

Something which ‘tells it as it is’ focussed on an inexperienced walker without all the expensive kit and who both doesn’t speak much Spanish or understand what an albergue is.

Tone would be quite important. I once made the mistake of reading a genteel American-authored guide to Naples whilst on the train there. From what I read I was expecting the exit from the train station to be like the scene in Gladiator where the prisoners have to enter the coliseum where a crowd of heavily armed gladiators await them. The reality was that it was not much different to Manchester on an average weekend.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
It would be fun to have some kind of interactive map to illustrate the home location of forum members around the world. It would be interesting in itself but one might discover a fellow pilgrim just down the street you didn’t know about. I recall a church in a small town between Logrono and Najera that had a map of the world above its ‘sello table’ that visitors could place a pin in to mark where they were from.....fascinating ! I was the only pin from Newfoundland.
It would help if members would fill in the profile line with at least which country they reside in. That's not too intrusive. It seems that more than half indicate nothing...their perogative.
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Thanks for all the suggestions. Keep them coming!
I wonder if we might compile a short ‘Camino basics’ guide
Good idea! One way to achieve your intent without extra work (i.e. reaching consensus on content, editing, updating regularly) would be to use the tags that have been applied over the past few months. For example:
  • "camino basics" - By clicking on this tag, you are taken to all the threads (newest to oldest) that have been identified with that tag by the OP or a moderator. This gives a selection of real unedited threads that represent some key topics in the words of the forum member, keeping the natural liveliness and diversity that make the forum fun. Edited guides are available many other places.
  • "first camino" - This tag takes you to a very broad collection of threads that include both the wide-eyed innocence of newbies stepping into the unknown, and the words of wisdom from people who describe the lessons from their first camino.
Tags can be applied by the original poster at the start, or later by a moderator. Also, moderators may decide to remove or change them. In a way, these tags provide a curated collection of threads. (But admittedly, the tagging is not very precise or consistent.)

It would be fun to have some kind of interactive map to illustrate the home location of forum members around the world.
This has been discussed before (see this thread and this one). It still might be worth reconsidering, but that would go beyond what I'm thinking about right now - which is focusing on what any of us can do now - to use the existing procedures to create interesting new threads.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
It would be fun to have some kind of interactive map to illustrate the home location of forum members around the world. It would be interesting in itself but one might discover a fellow pilgrim just down the street you didn’t know about. I recall a church in a small town between Logrono and Najera that had a map of the world above its ‘sello table’ that visitors could place a pin in to mark where they were from.....fascinating ! I was the only pin from Newfoundland.
There was a coffee shop on the CP, about six miles north of Coimbra, where the barista took pictures of pilgrims and placed a pin in a map on the wall where you were from. It was a great break from walking and a great perspective on the universal appeal of the Caminos.
My second day on the CF, walking from Roncevalles to Larrasoana, I passed two ladies on the trail and asked them where they were from (it was obvious they were Americans, as am I). One of them replied, Seattle. I asked her where in Seattle... we lived less than a mile from each other and had several acquaintances in common. I'd never seen her before and never seen her since.
I agree it would be interesting to know where people on the forum are from... always find that kind of info to be of interest.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2012-2018 Frances, Via de la Plata, Portugues Central and Seaside, Norte
It has been about a year since we realized our 2020 Caminos were not to be. Now we are getting the idea that our 2021 Caminos won't happen in the next 6 months and maybe not at all :(.

It sometimes seems that we are running out of things to talk about on the forum, at least if we want to stay Camino-related but avoid Covid, vaccines, lockdowns, and the wisdom/probability of traveling in 2021. Maybe we can get a bit organized and foster some interesting threads.

I've listed some types of threads above - just what I could think of in a few minutes. Which ones do you like best? I'm only letting you choose your top 3, but please 🙏 add ideas in the thread below. Or send me a private Conversation.

Also, don't forget to participate in whatever threads are started! We would really like to keep this community active and positive but still adhering to the Camino theme while we wait out the pandemic.
Interesting people you've met on the Camino, or the most interesting person you met. I walk almost always go alone and alone, so meeting people along the way is such a treat
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino del Norte Irun to Ribadasella (2016)
Camino Primitivo Oviedo to Santiago (2016)
I am interested in getting to know more about the forum members who want to share some of themselves and where they live. We all walk (train) somewhere in the vicinity of where we live. What about sharing pictures of our daily “home “ Camino routes? It would be interesting to see different countries.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Up at six this morning to start seriously thinking of the way ahead. David Gilgitz's book : The Pilgrimage road to Santiago arrived yesterday and I have read as far as Pamplona over my morning coffee. Seriously hoping for a financial miracle so that I can do a "King Snail" Camino or in other words only 10 kms a day. I could then take the time to really look and absorb the Spain I have been trudging through since 2003, often head down! like it says in the song " If you don't have a dream, how ya gonna make a dream come true"!

Samarkand. :)
I have the same plan. Being retired with a Norw. pension, it can take as long as needed. I was also thinking of 10 km/day, then explore each place, sit at a table with a glass, reading that same book, The Pilgrimage road to Santiago: The complete cultural handbook, preparing for the next place, and watching pilgrims flowing by :cool:
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have the same plan. Being retired with a Norw. pension, it can take as long as needed. I was also thinking of 10 km/day, then explore each place, sit at a table with a glass, reading that same book, The Pilgrimage road to Santiago: The complete cultural handbook, preparing for the next place, and watching pilgrims flowing by :cool:
Hunkering down in the Norway winter with a good book on pilgrimage and sitting with a "glass" while reading sounds perfect, imo.
 
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pepi

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Year of past OR future Camino
2013, 14, 16, 17, 18
This forum has a purpose when the Camino's are bustling and currently that's just not the case. The threads are getting a bit long in the tooth and the proposed list is not very inspiring. Perhaps this forum should go to sleep for a while until things are getting normal again? At such time, discussions about preps, albergues, food on the ways, etc will automatically become lively and useful again.
Until then, Ivar's efforts to contribute posts and videos about the current conditions are very informational and an alternative, so would be contributions and blogs by hospis/owners about their views, their situation in their towns, preparations for "the time after", transformations of their albergues, etc., or interviews with locals engaged in the Camino business would be of great interest and an excellent way of bonding with their patrons, why are they so silent? Language a problem? Use deepl.com!
 

C clearly

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Staff member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
The threads are getting a bit long in the tooth and the proposed list is not very inspiring. Perhaps this forum should go to sleep...
Yes, that has probably occurred to many of us, and inspiration is in short supply these days. I am suggesting some topics that might provide interest to some of us. However, participation is voluntary and everyone is free to take a nap until the pandemic ends 😷 😴

Meanwhile, those members who manage to stay awake are welcome to carry on the discussions! :)
 

Bristle Boy

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
This forum has a purpose when the Camino's are bustling and currently that's just not the case. The threads are getting a bit long in the tooth and the proposed list is not very inspiring. Perhaps this forum should go to sleep for a while until things are getting normal again? At such time, discussions about preps, albergues, food on the ways, etc will automatically become lively and useful again.
Until then, Ivar's efforts to contribute posts and videos about the current conditions are very informational and an alternative, so would be contributions and blogs by hospis/owners about their views, their situation in their towns, preparations for "the time after", transformations of their albergues, etc., or interviews with locals engaged in the Camino business would be of great interest and an excellent way of bonding with their patrons, why are they so silent? Language a problem? Use deepl.com!
Never heard of deepl.com......excellent.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
This forum has a purpose when the Camino's are bustling and currently that's just not the case. The threads are getting a bit long in the tooth and the proposed list is not very inspiring. Perhaps this forum should go to sleep for a while until things are getting normal again? At such time, discussions about preps, albergues, food on the ways, etc will automatically become lively and useful again.
Until then, Ivar's efforts to contribute posts and videos about the current conditions are very informational and an alternative, so would be contributions and blogs by hospis/owners about their views, their situation in their towns, preparations for "the time after", transformations of their albergues, etc., or interviews with locals engaged in the Camino business would be of great interest and an excellent way of bonding with their patrons, why are they so silent? Language a problem? Use deepl.com!
Disagree: Nice to keep in touch with my fellow Camino repeat offenders in these times.
 

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