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Words, words, words. Which ones bug you and why?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Topics' started by Philip347, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Philip347

    Philip347 Active Member

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    Have you noticed how their repetition when spoken robs them of all meaning?

    Anyway, I was surprised to read some forum members reacting to the use of the word 'hike' in a thread yesterday? Personally, it drove me mad last year when people kept saying to me, 'Enjoy your holiday!'. Holiday? That struck me as a misapprehension about the camino which detracted from what I was going to put into the experience and what I hoped to get out of it. A lot of people say 'walk' rather than 'hike', and that too could imply something easygoing, and relative though these words are, as are our experiences, I don't consider any camino leading to SdC easy.

    Does 'hike' bother you? What other words - camino-forum-related - bug you and why??

    This OP needn't open up the can of worms that is pilgrim vs tourist, but if it does, we're ready for another joust, right? :eek:

    Phil
     
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    "Hike" doesn't worry me at all. Just a synonym for a long walk. Neither does "holiday" or "vacation". Or indeed "tourist" when applied to myself - though it bothers me when others use it as a derogatory term for those whose ideas and practice differ from their own. When I visit Spain or Italy or Sweden or any other country to walk a pilgrimage route I am a tourist. That I have a specific purpose with a spiritual dimension doesn't change that. I think that a lot of the arguments over words which generate more heat than light are because we often create a "straw man" or "Aunt Sally" out of terms we dislike: redefining them in ways which are intrinsically negative or unpleasant and then attack that distorted version instead of the original user's meaning. So there can so often be a knee-jerk reaction of offence where none was ever intended.
     
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    For me " Doing El Camino de Santiago ".

    IMHO
    First of all " doing " like something you tick of a list. You don't do a pilgrimage but you walk and experience it.
    Secondly : there is no such thing as "El Camino " but many Caminos or routes to Santiago de Compostela.
     
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    Language develops continously, and the spoken language more quickly than accepted written language. Speaking as a non-native speaker of English, I wouldn't say that the following irks me but I notice it with a bit of uneasiness or displeasure:
    • that the "way of St. James" is being replaced by "camino" in English parlance
    • the use of "El Camino" in English (instead of "the Camino").
    Why? Perhaps because I see it as a shift away from earlier meanings, ideas, concepts, a paradigma shift?
     
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    Hike doesn't bother me, nor a lot of other words people might use. However, whenever I see 'true pilgrim' other than in @JabbaPapa's tag line, I know my ears prick up! I have come to realize that it is normally the preamble to a list of characteristics that I know I am not going to achieve.
     
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    I appreciate this point about arguments that generate more heat than light: not that generating heat is always a bad thing. There's surely no harm in seeking clarification from time to time, in order to better understanding. As Kathar1na writes, "Language develops continously, and the spoken language more quickly than accepted written language." We can't always know the full significance of words, whoever utters them. :)
     
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    Hi Philip 347
    For me, it's just 4 words
    "The Camino will provide"
    Drives me potty I'm afraid!

    It might provide.....and then again...it might not!



    What about self reliance and some common sense and people's expectations of what the Camino can actually "give"

    Hiking.....walking.......doing.....the Camino
    I don't think the words really matter when the intentions of most of us are the same

    Things are getting interesting on this forum the past two days!!
    Best wishes
    Annette
     
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    Connotation and denotation. Terms I learned as a student, but only fully understood after some shouting matches with Mrs. Purky.
     
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    "It's my camino"--or some version of "my camino/your camino."
    We don't own it, for starters. It just is, and has been for a long time before us and probably after us.

    But where this gets me is when people use it to as a justification or excuse for behavior that's inconsiderate, selfish, or otherwise blameworthy. Fortunately that kind of usage is not so common, at least here--or actually out there, either. But if people in albergues bristle at being politely asked to be considerate of others, using this kind of language......
    It seriously gets me.:confused:
     
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    Could not agree more about the "El Camino". First, drop the "El" when speaking in English and already using "the". The name the one you are going to do, as there are many routes.

    To me it shows how little preparation, reading, people are doing before embarking on this walk, and makes me wonder about their claim to be a "pilgrim".

    And yes, that is the other word that bugs me, "pilgrim" because I still beleive that only a tiny fraction of those on the Caminos are pilgrims, the others, like me, tourists enjoying a long walk. I think I could count the pilgrims I have come across over 6 Caminos on my fingers.

    Oh, and what about "The Camino provides". It does not. Your planning, wallet and people you bump into provide for you along the way.
     
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    Can you believe there are people who are buying patches for their backpacks that say "The Camino Provides" with the year of their walk? I am just waiting to see an "It's my Camino" patch on a backpack to suddenly, and of course inadvertently, misuse my walking poles and trip someone. :eek:
     
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    The 'El Camino' thing does bug me. Sounds like the person is trying to sound like they speak Spanish when they don't.

    And the Camino Provides ting is on the verge of becoming an excuse for selfishness and an I Want attitude. You should always think how YOU can help others first. I've cooked dinners where we strangers each brought together a tomato, an onion and half a bag of pasta. It had a miraculous quality, that we all got fed off seemingly nothing. But the truth was, we all contributed.
     
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    And while I'm at it, what about the different names people give to poor SJPP. Sometimes I feel like not correcting them and imagine them asking for information once in Spain or France on how to get to a city that does not exist.
     
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    I hope I won't derail this thread, but I'd like to extend it a bit to words in general. As in talking. Much more than once I have noticed that, especially when viewing a stunning landscape, sunrise/sunset or a full moon, most people just can't stay silent.
    Generic chatter happens. "Oh, how beautiful," "Now that is gorgeous," or one of the worst ones, "It's just like a postcard!" It kills me every time, and the moment of reverence as well.
    I get the need to share, or connect, I really do. But for god's sake, nod or just make simple eye contact. Maybe even a fist-bump, a high five or a hug, but keep quiet!
    Pascal's famous quote, "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone", needs an addendum in my view. "Or, when in company, man's inability to shut up for more than five minutes."
     
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    People calling the Camino an "accomplishment," that's what bugged me. Nobody I've met who actually walked the Camino calls it an accomplishment. You experience a Camino, you don't accomplish it.
     
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    The mispronounced words drive me crazy, but I try my hardest not to let it show. I walked one day with a guy who kept saying the Masada, instead of the Meseta. I wanted to tell him that we weren't in Israel!
    Other frequently mispronounced Spanish words are peregrino/a - there's an R in the middle, not an L, and albergue, which people pronounce as the French auberge.
     
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    Confusion may come from "pellegrino" being Italian for pilgrim.
     
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    Or maybe people are thirsty for the lovely fizzy water
     
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    I don't like it when people fail to eschew verbosity.
     
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    Just got back from being out of town and saw this but couldn't find anything on the forum about "hike". Can someone please provide the link?

    Thanks! A Hiker.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    Walking into Leon on a very long and hot June day was the sign writ large and pinned to the Albergue door:

    ''C O M P L E T O''

    aaaagggggghhhh!
     
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    :eek:
     
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    As often happens Sabine, you have taken the words from my mouth.
     
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    Hi, it was something I read buried within a thread in the trending topics email. Suffice to say there was some support for the 'don't-call-it-hiking' mindset, but I can't say how much. It just surprised me is all.

    https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/the-number-of-hours-of-daily-walking.46450/
     
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    Perhaps the words 'pilgrimage' and 'peregrination' have different condetonations.o_O
     
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    I'm curious, is 'el camino' something they tend to say in the Martin Sheen movie?
     
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    This post reminds me of the video diaries I watched back in 2014 before setting off (Youtube channel: Mangeronthehill). The nicest fellow, I still watch them sometimes, but he can't pronounce a single name correctly. His showstopper is 'Pomplano'. It never fails to make me scream. :p
     
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    And Mahatma Gandhi's:

    "Speak only if it improves upon the silence."
     
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    Or type? Surely not! :eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I think it goes along the "key" sentenses people are sometimes encouraged to learn: "vino tinto por fabor", "una cerbeza por fabor". Or just about anything heard down in "El Cabo" :cool:.
     
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    Ok. I still struggle with the Spanish v=b thing, and now that I'm learning Galician my brain is turning to caldo. :cool:
     
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    It was meant to be part of the irritation, not to confuse you. My appologies. o_O For short it's "porfis"; doesn't help much, does it? ;)
     
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    :eek:No, my apologies. The caldo thing was a general comment.

    I'll give The Way another chance and see how often they say 'el camino' (if at all).

    :)
     
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    "If I got nothing to say, I try not to say it." Robert B. Parker
     
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    Please don't torture yourseld on the account of this thread! :cool:
     
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    It's the capital E that drives me mad in El Camino. I don't even know why.

    As a British English speaker, 'doing' a place sounds horrible, like when tourists say 'we are doing Stratford tomorrow and Oxford on Thursday'. Also saying things like Paris, France, or London, England drives us spare.

    Just saying!
     
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    "... the image of the pilgrimage caught and held me, as it held so many others: a journey across space, a journey into and through oneself. A time out of place, a sacred time. Not a hike: a pilgrimage." It's from a popular book, 1985 or so. The author had never done much hiking, let alone worn a backpack before. She compares how she imagines hikes vs pilgrimages.

    This has to do with what we experienced and learnt to associate with a word. I have always known about medieval pilgrimages, through history books, school, old churches erverywhere, environment, and also through story-telling about short pilgrimages that are still alive where I grew up. I therefore strongly associate pilgrimage with travel to the religious pilgrimage site (as opposed to the inner journey). Also, I have been on multi-day hikes and treks, and, to me, much of the inner experience that people attribute to the Camino is the same as what you can experience during a hike or trek.

    So, to me, verbs that describe the movement towards the pilgrimage site sound fine, be it hike (more AE than BE, I think) or walk or hacer el Camino (do the Camino?)
     
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    This is trivial but I cringe at "The El Camino."
     
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    We need a Resource I think. Terminology Without Tears.
     
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    I was always confused about some of the terminology, too, on walking vs hiking. Here's a good website describing the differences.
    http://www.diffen.com/difference/Hiking_vs_Trekking
     
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    So I was in a conversation with some friends and telling them I was going on Camino again in August. A guy overheard us and said
    "El Camino? That's just a Ranchero without class."
    Honest, I had to look it up. 5bc18e1cb4fb0c2dd664ff703187a252.jpg
     
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    Just for you and your pun Tigger. Ugh. 6.png
     
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    I don't have a problem when people say "your/my/our Camino" etc. as long as they're speaking of their specific journey/experiences and not the Camino itself. The journey of the Camino is highly personal; I may walk right beside you, each step of the way, and yet have an entirely different experience.
     
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    Thanks Coleen.
    I have unfortunately met them, even though I am a Camino virgin. ( I hope no-one takes exception to this self imposed terminology of mine )
    My son in law met me at Warsaw airport and he had the most appalling red angry rash on one side of his face, and he had spent weeks and many $$$ ( or I should say Złote monety to appease the pedants here) on doctors and even specialists to find a cause which they had assumed was an allergy to something. It finally turned out to be bed bugs. He had flown to London for business, stayed in a Five Star hotel, and brought some little visitors home with him which had made their home in the padded bed head in their bedroom. They are DISGUSTING and surprisingly hard to shift a whole colony, once established. My daughter was never bitten, and one daughter, the other small one who used to come into their bed in the early hours was also bitten. YUCK.
     
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    Yep, I remember those El Caminos.
     
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    Well, I certainly envy those of you who speak fluent Spanish, but I only know a few words that help me when ordering food and in offering a few pleasantries to the locals. I do not have a desire to study the language as I'm probably a little lazy, truth be told. Therefore I am not driven nuts by those who mispronounce the language as I am quite ignorant and butchering it, too.

    I first learned of "The Way of St. James" from the movie "The Way", like the majority of we non catholic Americans who are now influxing and enjoying these pilgrimage routes. I think in the movie it was referred to as "The Camino de Santiago", so I googled those words and did some reading on the pilgrimage in Spain. I kept calling it that as I knew no different. I do now shorten my words to "The Camino, Frances route", or whatever route I'm doing...oops, walking. o_O

    All of us who arrive from various countries use different wording from each other in describing things, it's just the way it is. Americans never say we are "on holiday", so when I read those words on the forum I assume the writer is possibly from England or maybe Australia, but I know they are not American because we say "taking vacation". I am amused by all the cultural differences encountered, not annoyed. I personally don't care what words they use to describe their own experience. Let's lighten up! (That may possibly be just an American expression.) ;)
     
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    I think that is an American thing as it's a large country, with lots of mobility, and names of places used over and over again. Very annoying here in Canada when watching The Dragons' Den and people say "I'm from Toronto, Ontario". No, really? :rolleyes:
     
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    Hi Anemone,
    I am American and I only say Paris, or London or Toronto. But we also have a Paris, Texas; Paris, Missouri; Paris, Illinois, and probably even more. They are all small towns and if I was referring to them I would definately include the state they are located in or people would think I am going on a great vacation! :D
     
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    Sorry to hear of your family's unfortunate bedbug nightmare. They have experienced first hand one one of my biggest fears of travel. I hope it won't happen to me..."knock on wood"! (I wonder if that is just an American expression?);)
     
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    I hear a lot of all the above. I have learned to choose my battles carefully, and let a lot of stuff just pass me by.
    But the things that instantly get my goat are usually the first things out of the mouth of a "pilgrim" at my door:

    "Is this a free albergue, or do I have to pay?"
    "You have wifi/laundry service/vegan cuisine, right?"
    "Do you have a bed for a poor pilgrim?" (when the pilgrim is wearing a 200-euro jacket and still has headphones installed)
    "I want to see the room before I stay."

    I will admit to answering NO to all the above. There's a hotel down the road. They'll be happier there.
     
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    @Rebekah Scott... Whaaat?!
    I'm shaking my head--unfortunately not in surprise because we get people here like that too. But there is still amazement at the chutzpah of someone who turns up at your door and quizzes you as if you were running a posh hotel.

    And so will everybody else be, probably, except for the employees of said hotel. No doubt these 'guests' are the high maintenance kind.
     
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    Me too, Annette. What an absolute shocker! No need to even try to explain.

    De colores

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    Every time I read El Camino that's what I think of that classic 50/60's car
     
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    yes. This makes me wonder, too.
    I used to think these "The Camino Provides" great expectations were setting people up for disappointment and suffering. But when I thought it the whole way through? I have to admit, provision DOES happen on the camino, just not in some magical way. Often the Camino provides via YOUR enterprise, YOU stepping outside your comfort zone, YOU setting aside your pride and asking someone for help... or even YOUR MasterCard!
    So maybe these pilgrims are speaking from a deeper wisdom. Or just middle-class privilege?
     
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    Middle-class privilege. Doubt they would think the Camino would provide much if it wasn't for their bank and credit cards.
     
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    I have to admit that on a couple of occasions I asked if I could see the the room/beds first (in a very nice way, of course:)), and was graciously allowed to do so. But I didn't ask as if I were entitled to inspect it.
     
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    When I was in Rates I watched the hospy tell those who wanted to look at rooms first and a room for their foursome only that the albergue was fully booked when there were two dorms completely empty. I was later invited to stay in one of them all on my own. :rolleyes:
     
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    It's all in our "tone". Showing respect goes a long way and often has good results.
     
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    There has been some recent talk on here about the definitions of words describing experiences and names for things on the Camino.

    If there is ONE thing I have learned from this forum and I am about to walk my first Camino wherever I end up..
    is that to be a tourist is to have expectations...
    to be a pilgrim is to be thankful for everything offered.
     
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    Tigger, I have to agree. We're reaching a tipping point on the Camino. So many of us are born and raised Consumers, we have no idea that there's any other way to be, that life isn't all Value for Money and transaction.
    The Camino offers us a new view, if we are willing to let go of our expectations and demands. There's a whole new world of grace that lies beyond...
     
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    Yu are preaching to the choir here, but to me it beggars belief that 'pilgrims' would have the mindset that an albergue, for which you pay a few Euros or even donativo, should provide a similar standard of accommodation to a hostel or hotel and that unless they are sick or in trouble or injured, that they should even require that? Whilst it is fair to say that each person's experience is different, unique and of value, in my mind there are certain philosophical and historical ethos that come into play.
     
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    For those who aren't aware of that bit of Americana, the Ranchero and the El Camino were pick-up trucks with sedan styling. It other words, they looked like a sedan in the front, but had a pick-up truck bed. The Ranchero was the Ford Motor Company's version and the El Camino was Chevrolet's version. They were built mostly in the late 1950's through the 1980's. They are quite popular with some car collectors today. I know a couple of guys who have more than one.

    And I try not to let it get under my skin when I hear someone ask, "Hey Carl, are you walking the El Camino again?" I just bite my tongue and say "Yes".
     
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    And another one: the Camino Francis.

    Just read a post from someone who claims to have walked the Frances last year but still calls it the Francis. Really? Never wondered where the name came from? :mad:
     
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    My favourite camino string of words in the real sense of the word is 'A pilgrim does NOT complain'. If I keep doing caminos I might eventually meet that goal.
    As for words that bug me, I can't think of any. People on the other hand...;)
    PS. Yay, I've finally discovered how to put in the little faces. Surely those bug someone? :p
     
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    Bought a Valor chocolate bar to give to a friend as a birthday present on the Camino. Couldn't find any wrapping paper so I wrapped it in toilet tissue stained with yellow streaks from a highlighter. I told him that the Camino had provided.
     
  72. JabbaPapa

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    Thanks :p -- it's the "real pilgrim" one that actually annoys me a bit, because there seem to be so many "real pilgrims" who simply fail to realise that's exactly what they already are, and instead have all sorts of unrealistic expectations of what it should mean or what they "must" do in order to "become" one.

    OTOH "hike"/"walk"/"trail" and the like bother me not in the slightest, because from the simply material POV, they're not inaccurate.
     
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    Think it's really a bit of both Bekkah -- and it's by no means "the Camino will provide" as no, sometimes it just simple jolly well won't, at least not in the way that you may think you want it to. The Camino can also provide something that in the moment you want to reject or flee, but might later turn out to have been in fact the very thing you needed.

    But hmmmm -- actually yes, the Camino can actually provide "in some magical way", but that's pretty rare in my experience, and one should never expect it as some kind of "due" or "entitlement".

    But yes, mostly it's for us and through us and by us, alternatively, that the saying can be at its truest. Your "often the Camino provides via YOUR enterprise, YOU stepping outside your comfort zone, YOU setting aside your pride and asking someone for help... or even YOUR MasterCard" is completely spot on.
     
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    It was some kind person on this forum that alerted me to a set of youtube videos I thoroughly enjoyed from the comfort of my armchair called The Universe Provides: Camino de Santiago sin nada. Filmed by a delightful, young, and probably middle class, Spanish fellow who tested 'the camino will provide' concept by walking the CF without money.
     
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    When I hear that the Camino will provide I immediately think of a similar popular phrase, namely that the Universe will provide, and then I think of the passage in the Sermon on the Mount about the birds in the sky and think, hey people, after all, you are simulating a Christian pilgrimage, if anyone provides anything, isn't it your Heavenly Father? Yes, that phrase irks me. I think I perceive it as a personification of "the camino" which annoys me ... while the speaker may not view it at all as such.

    PS: I composed and posted my remarks before I saw the previous message about the video above. So, to avoid misunderstandings, my comment does not refer to the video.
     
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    "True Pilgrim" now that irks me - what makes a pilgrim true or false - it is your journey no matter how you choose to do it and enjoy it.
     
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    yeah let's not have this discussion -- it always ends badly.

    No pilgrim is in any case "better" than any other pilgrim ; I'll just say that "true pilgrim" is NOT the "opposite" of "false pilgrim" ; the "false pilgrim" is one who abuses the hospitality offered to pilgrims under false pretenses. It's the professional thief, going from albergue to albergue to grab your stuff ; it's the cheapskate tourist, driving from place to place but pretending to walk ; the sexual predator, the murderer, the con artist. And so on.

    Nobody who actually walks, or cycles, or skateboards, or rides, or unicycles, or whatever the Camino in the normal fashion is a "false" pilgrim compared to a "true" one.

    I'll say nothing more on this subject, that's already been beaten to death elsewhere in the forums.
     
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    I've met someone who was walking without money, and someone who said his boots were stolen so he carried on barefoot. Philosophy or attention-seeking? TBH I found them both a bit annoying. Often the quietest most unassuming pilgrim is the one I admire most. Like a 90 year old German man I met sitting silently outside a bar in Boimorto, Galicia, enjoying the sun, who had just walked from Stuttgart.

    Oh another annoying words thing is people who go on about charging their devices all the time, like some kind of disaster will occur if you have an hour without email. My first camino I left my mobile phone at home, and guess what - I'm still alive!
     
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    Many thanks!

    Must stop watching...itchy feet;)
     
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    The only thing that is guaranteed to be provided on the Camino is stuff to work with, let go of, and get over. There seems to be an endless supply of that.
    The way the phrase usually get used to sounds to me like new-age-speak--and nails on the chalkboard.

    Amen. And ease. What a relief simple contentment is; it always feels like a gift from beyond.
     
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    Or curiosity to try out this by now well tested social experiment? Although I always wonder whether there is any need to travel first. Couldn't this be done by living under a bridge near-by for five weeks?
     
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    Maybe next time I'll go without phone or camera. I'm not ready for mendicant walking yet.
     
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    JabbaPapa "True Pilgrim"

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    What would be the point of that ?

    I had all of my money stolen on the Way to Rome in 2000, after about a week -- I carried on, not for "philosophy" nor "attention", but because once you're on the Way, you just carry on 'til the end, no matter what.

    My boots broke in 1994, and were irreplaceable because my feet are too big for the sizes that were available in Spain -- so I carried on with straw espadrilles, which was just barely above barefoot, breaking two pairs of those as well. And yes, there was a small amount of barefoot involved. So what ? If I'd been able to get workable replacement boots I would have.

    And sorry, but I don't really care much for the fact that you think that the difficulties of others are "annoying".
     
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    I've watched this show more times than I can count. I do not believe they call it el Camino. The names I recall them using are the Camino, the Camino de Santiago and The Way of St. James.
     
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    Hi Philip,
    When I saw your question mark....I went and looked up the words.
    De Colores is a Spanish expression which means in colours.

    If there are sad moments in life,there are also other times when we see everything in colour.

    For lovers for example,the sun shines and life is beautiful.

    Also read that it comes from from a song called "De Colores" ........which is borrowed from Mexican folklore which expresses the joy of living and exalts the beauty of creation.

    So there you have it........a lovely expression isn't it.........and it just took 2 words!!
    And it's catchy! I'll be repeating this as we move along the Camino...

    And as Robert 526 said above...Eschew verbosity.....

    And yes,I'll admit it....I had to look up those two words as well!!!!!
    Best wishes Annette
     
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    The song De Colores is part of the Cursillo movement -- an apostolic movement of renewal in the Roman Catholic Church which has spread to other denominations. Being "in colors" signifies to be in God's Grace.
     
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    Many thanks Annette (& LMSundaze). I like that explanation better than my first word association, which was with Lord of the Rings.

    de colores, peregrinas.
     
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    A sweet experience with "No, it's your camino": Once my daughter and I shared a four bed room with a lovely Spanish couple. Having realized that the Spaniards often like sleeping a bit later than the early risers I suggested we'll set our alarms to suit everyone in the room. No, no, no way, this is YOUR Camino. Get up as early as you want to, they insisted.
     
  91. Glenn Rowe

    Glenn Rowe Enjoying the outdoors since 1957

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    Heck, folks, there's a Baghdad Florida! See it on the map there, right next to Two-Egg? (And I'm not kidding.)
     
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    JabbaPapa "True Pilgrim"

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    hmmm, next time just don't set them at all maybe ?

    The only way to set your alarm to suit "everyone in the room" is to just dump it in the trash before setting foot on the Camino.

    Your alarm will bug me personally far more than any simple words that some people might dislike ...

    Sure, it's your Camino -- but it's mine too, and the next guy's, and that poor blistered girl's over there as well, and that utterly knackered chap who's just had the Camino stage from hell, all of whose needed rests your alarm is going to destroy.
     
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    I think the Spaniards like sleeping later in the morning cuz they party in the streets until 5:00am!...well, maybe not the ones walking the Camino!
     
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    They do that for clarification because there are many towns called London and many towns called Paris around the world.
     
  95. Glenn Rowe

    Glenn Rowe Enjoying the outdoors since 1957

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    Another vote for "your/my/our Camino" when it refers to ones' personal experiences on a specific journey! And a great story to boot!
     
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    Yes! Please don't set audible alarms. If you must have an alarm set it to vibrate only.
     
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    As a British English speaker, 'doing' a place sounds horrible, like when tourists say 'we are doing Stratford tomorrow and Oxford on Thursday'. Also saying things like Paris, France, or London, England drives us spare.

    Just saying![/QUOTE]

    Being a Canadian, well, everywhere here seems to be named after somewhere else. I sit here working in Stratford, Ontario, which is nearby to London, Ontario before I head home to Cambridge, which is just 20 minutes from Paris. So around these parts, especially in an international forum like this, there could be a lot of confusion if we didn't specify!
     
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    Ha ha, that is a rather cool experience to start walking when the locals are still dancing. Loved it! And loved the shared experience of this parallel universe with other pilgrims. How we had blissfully slept through all the partying and drank our morning coffee in the coolness of the dawn and quietly hit the road. Wonderful.
     
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    You are not allowing for cultural differences. In Australia we go bushwalking. It might be a half day stroll or a 5 day backpacking experience but it is still bushwalking.

    Telling someone to "take a hike" is an entirely different thing. :)
     
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    JabbaPapa "True Pilgrim"

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    I don't think you've understood how the Spaniards think -- their allowances for antisocial foreign behaviour does not constitute happiness with it.
     

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