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Poll Why are you walking the camino?

Why are you walking the camino?

  • For spiritual or religious reasons

    Votes: 52 46.4%
  • For a life-changing adventure/the challenge

    Votes: 40 35.7%
  • Time out/tune more deeply into yourself

    Votes: 52 46.4%
  • To do something together with family/friends

    Votes: 19 17.0%
  • For ascetic reasons (that are not religious)

    Votes: 7 6.3%
  • For the culture/history/nature

    Votes: 53 47.3%
  • For the physical challenge

    Votes: 43 38.4%
  • For the food and/or wine

    Votes: 9 8.0%
  • To meet new people

    Votes: 20 17.9%
  • For the Compostela

    Votes: 3 2.7%

  • Total voters
    112

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
Hmm. The foot-note states "Multiple votes are allowed" but actually we are limited to 3 which isn't enough ;)
Yes, I limited to 3, I thought I could have answered most of them myself. It is more interesting to see the main reasons for all of us. :D
 

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
If someone have a better text than "For ascetic reasons (that are not religious)" let me know.

What I mean is that it might be nice to live simple, just carry the few things you need, don't use so much money (even if you have) and so on, without the religious reason to do it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Tongue in cheek, will any introverts fill in the survey? Actually, I am really enjoying the space that Davebugg has opened up on the topic of introverts on the camino. I did a MyersBriggs personality type indicator test 40 years ago. 50/50 extravert/introvert. However , it is not a life sentence. It is an invitation to open your eyes and see the world from the point of view of the other! It would be an interesting additional question, what is your score on the Myers Briggs?
 

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
How about "getting rid of stress" - which happens to be the major reason for quite a few walkers that I know of.
Yes, it was just possible to add 10. I think it can fit into "Time out/tune more deeply into yourself"
 

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
Tongue in cheek, will any introverts fill in the survey? Actually, I am really enjoying the space that Davebugg has opened up on the topic of introverts on the camino. I did a MyersBriggs personality type indicator test 40 years ago. 50/50 extravert/introvert. However , it is not a life sentence. It is an invitation to open your eyes and see the world from the point of view of the other! It would be an interesting additional question, what is your score on the Myers Briggs?
Yes, why not start a poll? I, myself did the test 20 years ago and I was ENFP. I was very much extrovert and I still nejoy being with people but have got more need of being alone since then. Or maybe the reason is that I know have a familiy around me most of the time so I value the time alone more.
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
Just out of curiosity: Are you collecting material for a book/thesis or something or is it just personal interest?
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
No plans at all to write a book. I am just curious.
Fair enough. When thinking about how to answer the questionnaire I realised, that my answers would have been different if asked before my first camino. Just a little personal reflection :)
 

Isca-camigo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Various ones.
I can't vote because apart from 3 reasons family/ friends, ascetic and compostela they are all just applicable to me and if my partner decides to walk again, which I hope with all my heart then its just 2 reasons.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-FIN(09/2018)
PORTO-SANT(11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe(01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT(09/2019)
Madrid(7/2020)

sasecurity

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino from the 1st April
For me it’s a bit of soul searching, the physical challenge and to meet new people, heading out on the 1st April and have decided to give myself 8 weeks so I can go at a steady pace and take in lots along the way, can’t wait 😊
 

Aysen Mustafa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I plan on walking the Camino April 2018.
I thought many also walked to deal with bereavement. That was partly mine.
 

Terry Callery

Chi Walker
Camino(s) past & future
"Portuguese Camino - In Search of the Infinite Moment" Amazon/Kindle books authored
"Slow Camino"
I am not sure any deep truth about the Camino will be revealed "survey monkey" style.
This because the Camino experience is very nuanced - so multifaceted.
If it really is "One man, one Camino" then the answers are like so many grains of sand.

Asking someone why they went on pilgrimage, doesn't reveal what they actually found.

Actually it is a Rolling Stones sort of thing.
People go to Saint Jean Pied a Port to get what they want.
They end up in Santiago de Compostela actually finding they get what they need.

The truths I found were not about what to know, but how to be.
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
Walking the Camino is like jazz...if you have to ask why you will never get it.
One pilgrim in this forum once wrote:
"I found my tribe"

Once started, I now cannot stop walking (another new ) camino....
 

martyndeh

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles 2013, 2014 Camino portugese 2015,2016
Camino fisterra 2017
Although many do not think it the Camino is a christian walk. Not that all walkers are christians. The care and support that walkers help each other is a caring and christian way. But the essence of why people walk is in the fellowship that they have with other walkers whatever their beliefs.
 

cher99840

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2017 Camino Frances SJPP-Santiago
2015 St. Olav's Way Oslo-Trondheim
2017 VdlP Seville-Merida
I don’t think my reasons fit into a box, although I think they are widely shared. There is something so freeing to wake up every morning thinking “all I have to do today is walk, avoid physical injury, and maintain a level of cleanliness to not be a menace”. The fact that I do this while carrying everything I need on my back, adds to my feeling of freedom rather than weighing me down and that seems rather paradoxical. Finally I walk because I can, and keeping that fact in the forefront of my mind helps me maintain an attitude of gratitude.
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Somport to Finisterre Jul-Aug 2018; Munich to Lindau (Germany) Sep 2020
Can I explain why I am walking the camino (again)?
No, I can't... 'es imposible' ... as F., a Spanish pilgrim on the Camino Aragones, said about explaining the 'magic' of a camino to a non-pilgrim...
So I have not voted.

But I have a link to another thread:

And another link to a video:

And two quotes I like:
"I keep walking, not to add years to my life, but to add life to my years" (Stivandrer, in this thread)
"Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas/ the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing."
Pascal, Les Pensées (quoted by mspath)
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I've just read this paragraph on a BBC History website. I am now wondering where that might fit into your list of reasons for walking a pilgrimage 🤔 I am also wondering if anyone is willing to confess that they have been walking more recently for similar reasons... :cool:
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I wouldn’t dream of getting involved with the alleged activities of medieval monks however..... a contemporary pilgrim in Spain can drink to their heart’s content, gamble online through their smartphone and fornicate in the numerous, legal clubs and brothels along the Camino routes.
Not much change over 1000 years eh.
 

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