I have just started researching the Camino and anticipate doing the St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago in February of 2016. This is obviously quite a bit away but I have lots off stuff to do before then and I surmise that 2 years notice is plenty in order for my employer to give me extended leave to complete the adventure. I have read some of your 2012 posts and I was very interested to see that you can join at later stages and this has me thinking that I could perhaps to do something similar later this year, just to get a feel for it.
Reading other peoples experiences conjures up a flow of excitement through me, so I know that this is something I must do. I really can’t wait!
I am also in the process of learning Spanish, albeit the very early stages. I am planning a trip to either Madrid or Malaga in September to complete a two week intensive language course to further my learning and try to immerse myself in the language.
Your blog is really interesting and I am enjoying working my way through your posts. Keep up the good work as it’s very inspiring for me!
Thanks and best wishes.
Hi James Thanks very much for your comment. It’s always good to know people get something from my posts. Feel free to browse through and if you have any questions let me know. There are a number of blogs I follow also that may interest you. Check them out if you have time. The good thing about the Camino is you can start anywhere you wish. There is no rule that you must start in St Jean but if you want to receive a compostela, the minimum distance you must walk is the last 100km, ie from Sarria. If you are looking for a taster, you could do what I did for my last Camino and start in Logrono, which is very close to Bilbao airport. You can walk for 4/5 days into Burgos and spend a day or two there. There is so much to see in Burgos. Even after my 3 visits, I still get a buzz talking about the Camino and I can’t see that going away. The best way to learn Spanish is by immersing yourself in it. I started in 2012 and have been learning slowly since then. I try to speak it when I can but being in Ireland, there aren’t many Spanish people 🙂 I am hoping to go to Santiago next year for a weekend..no walking 🙂 as I have friends there. Take care and feel free to send a message with any questions Buen Camino!!