Hi folks. If you are planning your Camino, the information you receive from people who have walked the Camino previously can be more valuable than the information you find in guide books. So the following may prove valuable to you. I came across a podcast owned by Dave Whitson from Portland, Oregon, called “The Camino Podcast”. There are over 20 episodes uploaded on iTunes, Soundcloud and on his website www.northerncaminos.com. Dave is also the author of “The Northern Caminos” guidebook which dissects the Caminos north of the French Way.
A number of episodes on his podcast form a series where Dave “re-walks” the Camino with previous pilgrims. I was delighted to be asked to discuss the stretch from Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Burgos. You can hear me at the 29-minute mark in part 2. Below are all three episodes and you can find further uploads from Dave by clicking here.
While there are literally hundreds of videos on YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion about planning, preparation and walking the Camino, I have noticed an increase in the amount of podcasts. Podcasting is basically a form of audio broadcasting on the Internet. You can download the file in question and listen to it at your own time. There are a few that I have spotted and I have to pay tribute to them for the work they have put into them.
First of all we have The Indie Travel Podcast. Craig and Linda are from New Zealand and are addicted travellers. They have both walked a number of Caminos and have uploaded a good few podcasts about them. So if you are considering walking the Camino Ingles, Frances, Primitivo and others, you can hear how they got on and maybe pick up a few tips.
Next of all, Dave Whitson is no stranger to Camino podcasting. Not only has he written a book on the Northern Caminos, but he has uploaded close to 30 detailed episodes about the different Ways, planning and advice. He writes “The Camino Podcast is a program focused on pilgrimage. We talk about major pilgrimage routes, like Spain’s Camino de Santiago, we share stories from the road, and we talk about more technical aspects of pilgrimage. Whether you’re planning your first pilgrimage, processing your latest one, or just an armchair traveler, we hope you find this to be a good listen!” I have even contributed to one of his podcasts! You can find a full list of his audio on his Soundcloud page.
And another one to keep your eye on. Two Australians, David and Kelly, are due to walk from Burgos to Leon in January and instead of blogging or videoing their trip, they are going to podcast. They have set up Walk This Way so that’s on for the future.
Applications like Audacity and Opinion are making it easier for us to podcast. Once you have a basic script and make sure your listeners will be interested, then why not? Alternatively, you can do it just to update your family and friends like David and Kelly are planning on doing.
If there are any other podcasts I have missed out, please let me know in the comments below as I am always interested to hear them.
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.