Camino Statistics


I started to put some very basic camino statistics in my last post and, before publishing, wanted to validate against the data reported by the Pilgrims’ Office on it’s website.  They provide a ton of fascinating historical information (if you’re into that kind of stuff and I am) on pilgrims, e.g. nationality, gender, starting point, etc….

Camino Day 50: Final Thoughts


“Said no more counting dollars We’ll be counting stars” – Ryan Tedder Here are my thoughts/advice on my Camino.  Remember it is my opinion, worth what you paid for it and YMMV.  Also, it is geared towards pilgrims, not tourists.  BTW, Fonfria (Day 46) is missing from the above map.  For some reason could not…

Camino Day 50: Mass in Santiago


“My heart is so small, it’s almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it? “Look,” He answered, “your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world.” – Jalal ad-Din Muhammed Balkhi (Rumi) Went to the pilgrim mass the evening that I arrived in Santiago. By the time I got there it was…

Camino Day 50: TGV to Santiago


“Tout Ce Que Tu Crois Devient Vrai.” – All that you believe becomes true. I got up before sunrise and within 15 minutes was on my way. There were several other people up, fumbling in the dark, trying to stash their stuff in their packs. Rookies! You do all that the night before. Get up, grab…

Camino Day 49: Ribadiso, Spain


          Simon did make it. He arrived exhausted around 5 pm (I think but could have been later). We were in a cafe, next to our albergue when he arrived. He had seen our sign and as soon as he saw his name, knew it was from us before he even…

Camino Day 49: This Way Simon


Hannah and I walk pretty fast. We were doing pretty good time and decided to continue on to Ribadiso. How do we get word to Simon, who was significantly behind us? He did not have a phone. There is a water fountain as soon as you get into Boente and we decided to leave a…

Camino Day 45: Ultreia & Suseia


“Ultreia! Ultreia! Et sus eia! Deus adjuva nos!“ There were only eight people staying in this albergue, the fewest people from all the Spanish hostels during my pilgrimage. This experience came closest to what the French hostels were like. Clockwise from the front – Hannah (Swiss), Simon (German), French 1 (unfortunately, do not recall her…

Camino Day 43: Being Uncomfortable


So, here we are. Day 43 in Manjarin. Day 43 in Manjarin seems like a lifetime from Day 2 in Montbonnet. Day 2 I quit and returned to Lyon in no small part because I wasn’t sure that I could share room and bathroom with other people for close to two months. Day 43 I…

Camino Day 43: Rock Your Troubles


“Is this the life you’ve been waiting for, well ask yourself. Is this the life you’ve been waiting for, you hoping that you’ll be where you want to be with a little more. Well ask yourself.” – Mark Foster/Greg Kurstin I had planned on stopping at Foncebadon for the night. However, when I got there,…

Camino Day 40: Leon Cathedral


“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson This is the Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral in Leon, Spain. It is about two thirds of the way on the Camino Francis and one of the three major cathedrals. The…

Camino Day 40: The Upbeat German/Polish Sisters


Initially, I felt a letdown in Spain. It was much more crowded. More international. More commercial. Less personal. But in reflecting back on it, the primary reason was probably that I missed the dozen or so people who had become my “Chemin family” over the last two weeks in France. These are the people who…

Camino Day 37 – Concert in Carrion


I stopped earlier than I normally would have and decided to spend the night in Carrion de los Condes because they had an American guitarist playing a concert at the Santa Maria del Camino church that evening. I stayed at the albergue associated with the church. The concert was part of a residency program organized…