Santiago puts on the best celebrations. Lucky pilgrims!
It was May 2019. It felt like a lifetime ago. Myself and my brother started out from Ferrol at the end of May and a few days later walked into Santiago having detoured to A Coruna. It was a short sweet Camino and one I would love to walk again, but maybe from Ferrol.
Efren, who makes quality videos from the Camino, walked from Ferrol one week before we started out. He starts out from Ferrol here but below is a summary of his 5 day trip to Santiago.
Definitely one to walk instead of the hustle and bustle of Sarria. Enjoy.
It is the weekend again and Efren is back with another offering of Camino goodness. He has already completed his Camino del Norte and Camino Ingles and he is putting all his thoughts and words in video form. Although I have not yet walked from Irun, walking with Efren brings back so many memories. Memories with other pilgrims I have met along the way. Whether that be a simple hello passing by, or having a meal in the local cafe after a day’s walk, all these memories stick.
Efren will be uploading his walk from Ferrol in the coming days so I will be watching with interest.
I remember starting out on my Weekend Watch adventure back in 2015. My goal was to give you one video about the Camino per week, one video from the (literally) hundreds of uploaded content on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. With this milestone, I am going to give you 4 because you are worth it….and because I have a little extra time on my hands! So here goes.
There is something I can’t put my finger on in Andrew’s videos. He has a great way with words and it is not something you see or hear in other Camino videos. It is almost poetic. Meeting his first pilgrims makes me want to pick up my pack and walk a few kilometres but then I realise we are in the middle of an emergency.
2. Pilgrims documentary by Alexandre Amaral
An hour long, Pilgrims traces a number of peregrinos along the Camino Frances and asks them the important questions. Who are the pilgrims? And why do they walk? It is an intriguing watch and makes you look for more.
3. Efren – Güemes to Boó de Piélagos – Camino del Norte
Another typical Efren video with superb camera work and breathtaking views along the Northern Way. I don’t know what else I can say, but you need to watch his videos 🙂
4. Camino Conversations – John Brierley
Finally, we have an interesting conversation between Ivar Revke who is based in Santiago and John Brierley, who needs no introduction. Ivar runs Casa Ivar & Camino forum over at www.caminodesantiago.me/community.
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T minus 18 days
Well that week flew by. I have been busily entertaining myself with work and keeping myself indoors. We have been encouraged to stay indoors until May 5th and while that may seem a long time away, I choose to keep busy and let time do the work.
I woke up at 7am this morning so decided to get up and get the weekly shop done. Great news = no queues! Health-wise I am feeling fine. A little sluggish, but that is due to the lack of walking however I am getting a few kilometres of walking each week. Far less than what I was getting pre-lockdown. The only walk of note in my area is a park and the majority of the residents tend to walk in this park. It is difficult to practice social distancing as a result. All my favourite walks are outside of the 2km zone placed by the government. I can’t even go to the beach!
During my time off, I browse videos on YouTube and formulate plans for next year. Andrew Suzuki’s ‘Beyond the Way’ has released another video this morning and it brings back good memories of my time leaving Lisbon last September. His next video will see him in Porto where he walks to Santiago. From there he will meet other pilgrims.
Andrew describes himself as an “armchair philosopher” and and I like Andrew’s use of words, filming and humour throughout the series. The various quotes from the poet Charles Bukowski really makes you think. Throughout “Beyond the Way”, there are many quotes from many philosophers and great thinkers.
Efren has posted his 9th day from his Camino del Norte. The Camino del Norte is visually stunning but it will probably be the last Camino to attempt due to it’s difficulty. I have the Cicerone guidebook and have done some research but some of the descents look a bit demanding. The great thing is there are plenty of Caminos to choose from.
Anyway, that’s all the news from here. If you are interested, why not follow my instagram account https://www.instagram.com/clearskiescamino where I will be posting throwback photos from previous Caminos. Take care and stay safe.
Hello, my name is David. I am a peregrino living in Dublin, Ireland. I have visited Spain and Portugal and walked its many roads to Santiago since 2011. On this site, you will find my stories, photos, and observations from my Caminos and my planning for future Caminos. Feel free to get in touch with me here
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