I first learned of Dane Johansen at the start of last year from the Beyond the Way series. Dane had walked the Camino Frances in 2014 carrying his cello on his back. Each night, he had performed and recorded Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello in churches along the way. He also spoke to pilgrims while walking taking in their stories. I hadn’t looked into this potential documentary until I saw a trailer for this final product “Strangers on the Earth”.
Full details about the release of the documentary can be found on Walktofisterra.com and Sotefilm.com and below is the trailer. I really hope a DVD is available for purchase in the near future. The film is on show at the Vancouver International Film Festival at present and there are plenty of other videos from Dane over on his YouTube channel. Enjoy!
This morning, Andrew Suzuki uploaded a new video to his “Beyond the Way” series (entited The Professor & his Puppies). In it, he talks to Mark, a veteran firefighter from Manchester who started his Camino in torrential weather and was close to giving up and heading home due to bad blisters. However, he met some great people and they are one of the reasons he has stayed and continued. You will never beat a Camino family! They give encouragement when down and meeting new people are what draw me back year on year. The end of the video is just perfect though, when Andrew travels forward to meet his first Camino family as they walk into Santiago!
The Future for Beyond The Way: More of Andrew’s videos can be found on his website Beyondtheway.net. He has been creating inspiring videos both about planning for the Camino de Santiago (Don’t Stop Walking) or about his time walking the Camino (Beyond The Way) since the end of 2014 and the above is part 8 of 10. Once the last episode is over, he wants to continue. Season 2 is being planned with more goodness for us Caminoholics! However, Andrew is relying on those who have watched his videos to support him while he produces Season 2 and beyond. An Indiegogo site has been created so you can contribute. By passing on what you can, he will send you perks including social media shout-outs, behind the scenes footage, baseball caps, photos and a badge to sew to your backpack. But most of all, you are helping by passing on real stories, tears and humour from the Way. This is the real thing, blisters and all.
It’s the weekend once again and the sun is out in Dublin. I feel it’s about time to post another Weekend Watch. This video has been on YouTube for a month or so now and is probably the most realistic videos I have watched regarding the Camino. The pilgrim, Jamie Nicoll, started his Camino in St Jean Pied de Port in April 2014 and from there, he has brief conversations with the people he meets. These brief conversations turn to friendships and you can see the friendships, as well as the aches and pains, grow as the video and his Camino goes on. It is a little bit long at 2 hours but if you have some time to spare, it is well worth the watch. Keep an eye out for a number of Irish peregrinos! 🙂
This Weekend Watch is a little bit special. The reason for that is because it is not something you come across regularly. The Camino is usually walked and cycled but in this case, a group of men from Ireland decided to embark on the journey to Santiago by boat; in a traditional Irish currach. They didn’t do this over one year but they have two years completed. In May / June of 2016, they will complete the last stage to Santiago. They started at St. James’ Gate in Dublin and have visited Wales, Cornwall, Brittany; all Celtic regions and closely associated with Galicia and the north of Spain.
The below video was released last week and is a trailer before the finished film is released in the summer. Full details about the film and the men themselves can be found on http://www.anupictures.com/project/camino. I can’t wait until they reach Spain.
The newest addition to the Weekend Watch series has been uploaded to YouTube in the last week. Rather than being one video or clip, it is a playlist containing clips of each day of the uploader’s 7 week Camino. While I’m not so much a fan of uploading photo galleries to YouTube, I think it is very well produced and it brought back alot of memories. Enjoy!