- Time of past OR future Camino
Camino Portugués 1993,1994 ... 2016
Camino del Norte 2000
Camino a Fisterra 2009
Hola! I have a question! Where do you usually carry the pilgrim's shell? Hanging from the neck or backpack
Muchas gracias!I did not carry a shell for my first Camino - my understanding was that it is traditionally the badge of those who have completed a pilgrimage to Santiago rather than those on the way. It felt presumptuous and slightly dishonest for me to carry one on that first journey. That idea seems to have been lost over the years. For my second and later Caminos I have either tied one to my rucksack or just walked without one.
I try to ensure that everything I carry has at least two uses, occasionally I have to accept that some things have just one use but are indispensable. I don’t carry anything with no use whatsoever.
Technically one gets their shell when they have completed the Camino in Santiago. That is the way it was originally done. So I got mine in Santiago and on my next Camino I'll figure out when to put it.
I have seen a number of pilgrims with a very small shell around their neck, but I think as a piece of jewelry. I have a small two inch diameter shell that I found on the ocean. I drilled a hole for a cord and it is permanently tied to the outside of my backpack and quite unobtrusive.
I don't carry a shell. I do have a Camino badge in cloth. It's sewn to my bag.
I have one stashed in the side pocket of my backpack. It has not seen the light of day since my first camino. Unnecessary weight really.
I too have carried the same shell on all my pilgrimages, tied to my backpack. Sadly, I lost it on my last flight back home ☹
Why the question? Just curious! Is it something to do with your albergue?
Have you seen the photos of people using their shells as cups at the Wine Fountain?I try to ensure that everything I carry has at least two uses, occasionally I have to accept that some things have just one use but are indispensable. I don’t carry anything with no use whatsoever.
I am knowingly irrational in that I could skip lunch and carry a bag of shells with the weight loss, but it’s more fun shaving grams off the load than shedding the more necessary kilos from myself.
If I were to carry a shell, then I would want it clearly on display - probably on my rucksack.