Camino Blog 2015

20th of March – Why Do It?

20th of March – Why Do It?

Why walk the Camino de Santiago? Many people have asked me that....   And I often ask myself.  But I never doubt the 'draw' of the Camino de Santiago, which is powerful for many Pilgrims to be. Some walk the Camino for religious reasons.  Some to reflect and deal with...

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22nd of March – The Camino Packing List!

22nd of March – The Camino Packing List!

The Camino Packing List... I think most first time Camino Pilgrims agonise a bit over their packing list.  I certainly did! The advice from experienced Pilgrims on this great forum was invaluable: Camino de Santiago Community Only take what is essential.  Try to take...

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21st of April – 4 Sleeps to Go

21st of April – 4 Sleeps to Go

The Camino is Getting Closer Now! Wow, time has flown past.  It only seemed like yesterday, not 18 months, that the idea of walking the Camino de Santiago came about. And like many of the 'Pilgrims to be' I have made friends with online, that mixture of excitement and...

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22nd of April – 3 Sleeps to go

This Camino is Starting to Feel Very Real! The time to depart on my Camino is almost here.   3 Sleeps to go.  My Physio advised me yesterday that the Achilles Tendonitis pain will only get worse as I walk.  Though he confirmed as did my Doctor, that no permanent...

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25th of April – On my way

25th of April – On my way

Finally Departing for My Camino Finally after 18 months of planning and waiting I'm leaving Sydney for the Camino de Santiago. Spoiler Alert!  You can see my series of 7 Camino de Santiago Videos here. They are a compilation of the hundreds that I took along The...

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25th of April – On my way

25th of April – En Route to the Camino

En Route to the Camino de Santiago   The first part of the journey has started and my route takes me from Sydney to Dubai with a three-hour stopover, and then Dubai to Paris. This was the first time I've been on an Airbus A380 and I was a bit worried that my...

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25th of April – My Stone

25th of April – My Stone

My Cruz de Ferro Stone One of the things that pilgrims traditionally take with them on Camino is a stone, and this stone is normally taken from home. The idea is that you leave the stone at an iron cross called the Cruz de Ferro along the route of the Camino Francés....

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26th of April – Paris

26th of April – Paris

Paris - En Route to the Camino Frances So the hotel I managed to book online in Paris turned out to be really nice in a very handy location, near the station where I'll catch the TGV tomorrow. I intended this stop in Paris to be a kind of transition between home and...

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27th of April – Packing in Paris

27th of April – Packing in Paris

Camino Packing in Paris Tonight I'll be in Saint Jean Pied de Port, the start point of my Camino, finally, after 18 months of planning. I'm taking the opportunity to repack my backpack in the hotel in Paris because when I flew from Sydney, I had a number of...

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27th of April – Arrival in Saint Jean

27th of April – Arrival in Saint Jean

Arrival in St Jean - I'm Really Here! One more day to go and I'm now on my way to my start point, Saint Jean Pied de Port. The first stage of the journey was by TGV bullet train from Paris, which I have to say was really comfortable. Although for some reason, they...

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