Did your Camino fail or exceed your expectations?

Expectations of the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

Did your Camino fail to meet your expectations? If so why? The good, the bad, the ugly.

Or…Did your Camino exced your expectations? If so why? The good, the bad, the ugly.

All views are welcome but please discuss your experience not other henceforth nameless bloggers. (Please it’s time to let u know who rest in peace.)

Some of us (like me) really want to prepare in all ways because when I make my Camino, it will probably be a once in a lifetime experience (unless I meet some wealthy Catholic prince or hit the lottery! :lol: )

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What are your expectations for the Camino de Santiago?

Expectations of the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

Many people walk a Camino and then say, “It wasn’t at all what I expected.”

Or, (as we’ve seen in another thread) “The Camino failed to live up to my expectations.”

So, what are the expectations?

Read this interesting conversation on Expectations for the Camino de Santiago here.

When their Camino fails to live up to expectations

When their Camino fails to live up to expectations

Not really a question, but still an interesting discussion:

A good reason why one should walk with no expectations or preconceived ideas of what the Camino will be like for you. A priest on the Camino once said, “The Camino will be for you how you walk it”.

“I am disappointed. This journey has failed to meet my expectations in so many ways, that finally I’ve had to own up to it. Unfortunately El Camino de Santiago is a prepackaged tour masquerading as something else. Herds of so called peregrinos are shuffled in mass along a single, narrowly defined route from ‘pilgrim bar’ to albergues de peregrino to tiendas selling cheap Chinese made Camino souvenirs. It is literally one tourist trap to another. Very little is real, authentic or genuine in its intent. And the only difference between me and the bus riding tourists is our mode of transportation. I walk. They ride.”

Read reactions from our many pilgrim forum members here in our Camino de Santiago forum.

Expectations versus reality on the Camino de Santiago

The comment was:

I am now on my 8th day of the Camino, having started at SJPDP and arrived at St Dom de la Calz at lunch time today. I have followed the forum closely and picked up many useful tips, but until you are actually putting one foot in front of the other, you really have no idea of what to expect.

Read this interesting conversation in the Camino de Santiago forum here.