Nowadays, many pilgrims have made up their minds to write a blog about the camino. Some of them while hiking, others once they have come back home as a way of having a nice memory of their adventure. All of them just want us to see how amazing this experience has been to their lives. Sharing it in a blog allows us to know more about the Camino and to learn about useful stuff if we eventually want to do it. But not everything is about advise, culture or adventure; we also learn about an inner route that they have walked in silence and which has made them grow stronger and more humane.
I sometimes spend time peering into these blogs, which make me travel mentally to a different Camino every time. Some of my favorite blogs are:
“Ten Truths of El Camino de Santiago May 2013
Now that our journey is over, I realize the enormity of El Camino. While my daughters and I were hiking across Spain, we lived in the moment, taking each kilometer as it came. Now that we have completed our 46-day pilgrimage and returned to the United States, I remember our time on the trail as one huge experience as opposed to a collection of solitary hiking day.”
Sue Kenney is a pilgrim. She first walked 780 kms on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela after she was downsized from her corporate telecom career. She wrote a book My Camino which is now a Canadian best seller and is in development as a feature film. Sue has since written another book Confessions of a Pilgrim and Directed a feature length documentary film Las Peregrinas, about the Camino. www.suekenney.ca
Randall St. Germain, author of the Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.
“There were a few times on the Camino when I felt completely defeated, utterly broken, and uncertain of my ability to continue. May 18, 2013 was one of those times. If I were going to continue, I needed a miracle. It was always at my lowest times, when I was finally able to admit that I couldn’t do it alone, that the miracles would arrive, proving to me that I wasn’t alone, that all I had to do was ask and I would receive…”
“I’ve just walked 500 miles!” You must be mad. Many pilgrims on the Camino say their friends think they are mad to try to it. This is especially true of young people who set off for Santiago on their own. In my student days, 40 years ago I would not have believed that one day I would walk 500 miles in just over a month.
After a 28 day pilgrimage covering 790 km and (what will be) 5 days of travel to and from Spain, what I freshly learned and re-learned will continue to inspire me.
1) Walking 600km is no easy feat (excuse the pun)! It was physically hard, took commitment and focus and mental stamina.
2) Most people are generous, happy and funny!
3) Walking in the rain can be fun!
4) If hungry, eat; if thirsty, drink; if tired, rest!
6) I am stronger than I think!
7) Knapsacks do stink after days of constant wear!
8) Music lifts my spirits.
9) Do not be afraid to ask!
10) When disappointed, leave it behind…”
In some sections as Realities of the camino; See you in Santiago; The way, I will walk… where you can read something like that: “So, I’ve loved every day on the Camino, but I should level with you. It can be a challenge for many. Here are some realities of the Camino.
* You do laundry in your bathroom sink or tub and if it doesn’t dry your pack becomes a mobile drying rack. Kind of like being a float in a parade.
* Blisters and sore muscles are inevitable. Just pack a lot of peroxide, Advil, and bandages.
* You are going to find some graffiti. Chalk it up to enthusiasm for a good day’s walk and someone marking their success….”.
Cole Burmeister walked just four days of the Camino from St. Jean Pied-de-Port, but he captured lovely images.
“Before I left for my Camino journey I wondered if I would find a deeper meaning to life, a more balanced view of the unseen, of the intangible, and of my purpose in life; quite an imposing feat for such a short journey.”
“A month ago yesterday, I arrived on foot in Santiago de Compostela, a city in the northwestern corner of Spain, after hiking the last 200km of the Camino de Santiago. The experience was, hands down, the most incredible of my life to date. Even a month later I’m finding it really difficult to put it into words. Part of that could be that I went immediately from the Camino to the whirlwind of moving back to the US, but I think there’s more to it than that. I think I’ll be processing the experience for months, or maybe even years to come.”
I hope you enjoy them
“Buen Camino, Amigos”