Andrew Suzuki returns with another episode of his excellent “Beyond The Way” series. In this episode, titled “Perfectly Imperfect”, he talks about Dane Johansen who walked the Camino Frances with his cello, performing each night to pilgrims. Dane also produced a documentary about his walk and you can find more information on www.walktofisterra.com.
I stumbled across this video on YouTube after the Camino Society of Ireland posted it on Facebook. It was made last year during an open day in Galway, Ireland. The people in the video give their reasons why they walked the Camino, should you walk alone or with a group and how to prepare.
For those based in Ireland, the Irish Society are holding a number of open days around the country. More information about that can be found on their website.
Just a quick post.
I want to post my packing list so you get an indication what I carry on my Caminos. This has been updated to include the items bought this weekend. I have made notes and included links to where I have purchased the items. Also, reviews from Youtube have been included which have helped me choose them.
If you click on the link, an excel spreadsheet will open.
I’m smiling as I write this.
I hope (and want) to be back in Spain in September but I have nothing planned…no leave booked, no flight tickets bought, nothing. In previous years, I would have everything arranged and would only be counting down the days on my Camino-themed laptop desktop! (Yes, I’m obsessed!) It’s actually the least prepared I’ve ever been for a trip. But does it bother me? Nope! I have a feeling it will work out fine. I might have to pay a little bit extra for flights but that’s not a problem.
However, the one thing that I have prepared is my kit. Over the last few weeks, I have been putting together my packing list for the next time I put my feet on Spanish soil. I haven’t given my kit much thought since I returned last May and now is an ideal time to do that. I was given vouchers by family and friends for my favourite store, Great Outdoors, and bought 2 items there. I also bought 2 items on Amazon, which I have used over the years. So I may as well get started:
Helly Hansen Velocity Fleece – I have worn light fleeces since I started out on the Camino.
My favourite brand would be Helly Hansen but Berghaus are pretty good too. Last year, I bought a Helly Hansen Daybreak Quarter Zip, but what I have chosen is a full-zip. Ideal for cold mornings.
Bridgedale Men’s Coolfusion Run Speed Demon Socks – I have been a big fan of 1000 mile fusion socks since 2012. I never saw the need for a change.
But, I just decided to give these a go. I haven’t actually tested them out on a long walk, but I will do so soon. I have never worn short socks either, so I’m in the deep end here. They look great though!!
Craghoppers Kiwi Men’s Long Sleeved Shirt – I’m a big fan of shirts while on the Camino. You have the collar if it is too warm, and you can roll down the sleeves if it is too cold / warm.
Last year, my brand of choice was Columbia but it is just a little worn so I’ve bought a Craghoppers to bring the average age of my kit down a little. Here’s hoping it lasts a little longer. It’s quick dry also which is a plus in my books.
And finally, I bought an Icebreaker Tech Tee Lite Shortsleeve. I has got to be merino for me. It is red – meh..the colour is not a problem, but I bought it as there was a sale on 🙂 I still have a Helly Hansen Polo neck tee shirt which is perfect..light, quick dry. I wore it last year and it caused me no problems. So I guess I will wait until closer to the day before I decide which of those I choose. Maybe both!
So I don’t think I will add to my kit until closer to the time. I’m quite happy with what I have now.
There are so many “Ways” to Santiago de Compostela. From the South, you can walk from Seville on the Via de la Plata or from Lisbon on the Camino Portuguese. From the North, you can walk from Irun, Ferrol, Bilbao or Santander on the Camino del Norte. From the West, your feet can take you from Muxia or Finistere. Or from the East, your Camino can begin in many different points across Europe including St Jean Pied de Port on the Camino Frances. Although, it is a well known phrase that you can start your Camino from the moment you leave your front door!
However, one increasingly popular way is the Camino Primitivo…the Primitive or Original Way. Many pilgrims are veering away from the over-crowded Camino Frances to walk a shorter Camino and still gain a compostela. It is said to be the oldest route and pilgrims use that as a great reason to walk it. The Camino Primitivo starts in Oviedo and works it’s way across western Asturias and Galicia. It is 320 kilometres long and can be walked in two weeks. A caveat however….this Camino is much more challenging than it’s cousin that begins in the Pyrenees, so be prepared.
So why am I writing about this, you may ask yourself? Well, I just want to share with you an article I stumbled on, written by Peter Murtagh in the Irish Times. Peter and his daughter, Natasha, wrote Buen Camino!, and if you are serious about the Camino, you should give it a read. More recently Peter and his son walked the Camino Primitivo and this article is a journal telling us all how they both got on. Give it a read…maybe you will consider it in the future. I know I will.