It has been a while since Andrew Suzuki uploaded a video but his latest, uploaded yesterday, is his best by far. Entitled “Struggletown. Population, Me”, it reminds us that the Camino is not all fun and games and can be tough. In Andrew’s case, his depression took hold and wouldn’t let go. However, he met a fellow peregrino with another kind of struggle. I can relate to this video in a way. I’m sure there are many things I could accomplish if fear of failure or fear itself wasn’t holding me back.
Andrew’s documentary is by far my favourite Camino-related documentary. You can view previous episodes here.
I will most certainly be walking this route soon. The Camino Invierno was recently made an official route to Santiago (news in Spanish) with the aim of relieving the pressure on the Camino Frances from Ponferrada. It is 261km long and runs underneath the Camino Frances. If you were to walk it now, the chances are you would be walking alone for the majority of the day. The only accommodation available are pensions and it can be expensive as there are no municipal albergues open just yet. In time, and when the numbers of pilgrims increase, albergues will open also.
The below video has been recently uploaded to YouTube and shows many photos of the Invierno.
Before I mention this week’s “Weekend Watch”, I want to send out my thoughts to the people of France following last night’s events. Like most people, I watched the news as the events unfolded and the numbers of dead increased. I met so many good people from France during my time on the Camino.
This week’s clip from the Camino is uploaded by a pilgrim from the US. It’s one of the better videos out there and is 35 minutes long, so if you have some time to spare, you should watch it.
Another weekend has arrived and yes, it can only mean one thing…here’s another weekend watch!! 🙂
Here is a great 5 minute summary of a full Camino uploaded to YouTube in the last week. The start of the clip has a great phrase: “Everywhere is within walking distance, if you have the time“, which is very true. I long to have the time to walk 1000km. It’s great that the uploader managed to take clips of the running of the bulls in Pamplona and some of the festivities in Navarra.
You can find my Camino de Santiago playlist on YouTube and the full “Weekend Watch” archive is located here.
It’s the weekend once again, folks, and another “weekend watch” is due. This clip shows one man’s walk from the start to the end of the Meseta on the Camino Frances. The Meseta is the central Spanish tableland, which divides the Camino Frances between Burgos and Astorga. It is a part of Spain known among pilgrims for its wide skies and flat lands, all of which mess with perceptions of time and distance. Some people find this part of the Camino daunting as it is likely to get under your skin, test your mind, and confront your heart. As a result, many people choose to skip this section by bus. I have walked the Meseta in 2013 and 2015 and much prefer it to Galicia or Navarra. I can’t wait to go back!
You can also find my Camino de Santiago playlist here.