What do you get when you just listen when you walk on Camino…I guess you get silence…and a lot of the sounds of nature. This video has all of that. If you haven’t walked the Camino, it is worth a watch!
It’s the weekend again and I am home from another great walk with Camino Society Ireland. I love meeting with other pilgrims.
You can read how we got on here on the Camino Society Ireland magazine. Before I shuffle on to bed, I was sent this video by Linda and it made me think. We all have our reasons to walk the Camino. Some pilgrims like to give those reasons if you ask them, some choose to keep their reasons to themselves. I usually say I am just going for a long walk in search of something. I usually don’t find that certain “something” until my 5th or 6th Camino. Talk later!
This is a short video promoting the Portuguese Coastal Camino and it does a great job. September can’t come soon enough. However, I can’t help noticing that this particular pilgrim walked inland to Valenca instead of crossing the River Mino at Caminha.
It’s the weekend again, and we have another clip from YouTube for you. In this clip, Maddi takes us from St Jean Pied de Port on the Camino Frances. Her Camino was not without suffering however due to the recurrence of a previous injury but her determination led her to Santiago. This is a super video and the ending is emotional.
Another video from the Camino Frances, this time from Miriam from Germany. She recently enjoyed a September Camino and had a ball. You can watch her YouTube channel where she gets to grips with life after the Camino! I love this video, I hope you do too!
So it’s that time of year. If you are a pilgrim or you have a friend or family member who is a long-distance walker or pilgrim, this video may be helpful. For me, a few small items or a voucher for an outdoor store means more than splashing out on anything I won’t use.
This great post from Nadine lists a number of other suggestions, including books, backpacks, or journals. But if you are closer to home, why not treat your favourite pilgrim to membership to his or her local Camino society or association, in my case Camino Society Ireland. It is just €20 for the year and you will be in touch with other pilgrims as you plan other Caminos.
Sara is a full time hiker. You name it, she has walked it. In the last week she has started to walk from Madrid to Sahagun and onwards to Santiago. I love her presentation on YouTube and I’d love to ask her for a few tips! She always has a smile.
This particular Way is quiet, especially in October. There are more videos to watch after this one. Enjoy!
I was volunteering for Camino Society Ireland at their information centre in Dublin again today. When I volunteer, I start to think ahead about possible routes to take in the future. There are too many I have yet to look into, but the Camino de Madrid and Camino del Norte will keep me occupied for the next few years. I also meet people who are in the midst of planning for their own Caminos. There is a glow emanating from each pilgrim who visits us, ready for the challenge ahead. New pilgrims, veteran pilgrims – they are all the same. I usually volunteer on Saturdays as I work during the week but those few hours amongst pilgrims gets the adrenaline flowing.
With that energy, I usually write a few notes, or maybe write a blog post or possibly do a bit of research on a future Camino. One upcoming Camino isn’t too long away:- The Caminho Portugues. I fly out on September 8th to Lisbon.
But what do I hope to achieve from this Camino? Will it be a few more weeks away to gain more headspace? Will I see some amazing sites and meet amazing people in a beautiful country? Or am I just escaping reality for a few days? Because the truth of the matter is unless I bring the Camino back home, I will have this constant longing to return.
While Santiago Cathedral is under refurbishment, pilgrims may look to other cathedrals for solace. While León Cathedral is undergoing work it is open to the public and I have always enjoyed visiting it. The same goes for Burgos and Astorga.
It’s been over 2 years since I have been to León and although I have no plans to walk the Camino Frances, I know I will be back in León one day. Of course, you will be the first to know.
Clearskies Camino was born on returning from my second Camino de Santiago in June 2012. I had been writing a journal and had taken the odd photo while on the Camino Frances that it just made sense to write my thoughts online. 2012 became 2013 and my hobby became something more. Writing had never been part of my life but I guess the Camino gave me the inspiration to put finger to keyboard. The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage but in my eyes, it is also a challenge. It is a great way of meeting people and a great way of getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. There are many Caminos to Santiago from all across Europe, but my experiences have mainly been on Camino Frances; an ancient trail covering 800 kilometres across Spain starting in St Jean Pied de Port in the foothills of France and ending in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Clearskies Camino is everything Camino – I love writing and talking about the various Caminos to Santiago and if you are one of the many people who have walked these routes, you may well feel the same. I hope my talking about my times on the Camino helps you as you plan for yours. Feel free to browse and “like” any of my posts and if you have any questions, please feel free to comment.