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All about my Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Sign

This page shares information about my Camino experiences, planning, and resources for other pilgrims wondering if the Camino journey is for them. I’m into planning for my next Camino, the Caminho Portugues in September 2017.

My Camino Francès experience (2014)

In September 2014, I walked 330 km from Leon to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino Francès.

Starting my Camino de Santiago in Dublin

Meeting Els Amics dels Pelegrins in Barcelona

Trenhotel from Barcelona to Leon

Daily routine on the Camino

Part 1: Leon to Ponferrada

Part 2: Ponferrada to Sarria-Barbadelo

Part 3: Barbadelo to Santiago de Compostela

Budget and expenses: the cost of the Camino de Santiago

Sleeping and accommodations 

Watching the botafumeiro in Santiago de Compostela

Beer travel in Spain

Pimientos de Padron on the Camino de Santiago

What I learned from the Camino after I lost my job

Souvenir: Creating a poster from my credencial stamps (sellos)

25 ways to celebrate Saint James’ Day (July 25) like you’re on the Camino

Jacotrans backpack mochila transport

Camino Packing

My Camino de Santiago packing list: what worked, what didn’t (2014 edition)

Download packing list as an Excel spreadsheet

Visual packing list on Pinterest

Flying with hiking poles for Canadian peregrinos

My system for keeping gear dry

Keeping your critical gear dry (Jim Wood’s Base Camp)

Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs: How to Choose (REI)

Caminotwits Krista Spurr

Camino planning resources

I check in with two sets of Camino forums on a fairly regular basis. There’s quite a community to be found there, and lots of advice. LOTS.

For women travelers, the Camigas Facebook networking group may be for you. I’ve found it a friendly and welcoming community where women can ask and answer questions, and express their concerns and fears. It’s a closed group, but requests for membership are turned around pretty quickly.

There seems to be as many Camino blogs as there are travel blogs (hey!). A good source for lots of beautiful pictures and great stories, both good times and bad.

My 2014 Camino Francès in Pictures

Day 0: Arriving in Leon

Day 1: Leon to Villar de Mazarife (22km)

Day 2: Villar de Mazarife to Astorga (31km)

Day 3: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (21km)

Day 4: Rabanal del Camino to El Acebo (17km)

Day 5: El Acebo to Ponferrada (15km)

Day 6: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo (26km)

Day 7: Villafranca del Bierzo to Vega de Valcarce (18km)

Day 8: Vega de Valcarce to Fonfria (24km)

Day 9: Fonfria to Samos (20km)

Day 10: Samos to Barbadelo (22km)

Day 11: Barbadelo to Portomarin (19km)

Day 12: Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25km)

Day 13: Palas de Rei to Boente (22km)

Day 14: Boente to O Pedrouzo (29km)

Day 15: O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela (22km)

Post-Camino: Santiago de Compostela

Post-Camino: Day trip to Finisterre (Fisterra) and Muxia

Camino Preparation

There are lots of ways to prepare for the Camino. Physically, you simply can’t be too prepared. It’s not “just walking,” it’s long days of walking in often challenging conditions. Endurance and stamina, with lots core strength will be what gets you through 30+ km days. Liking walking is a good start, but only part of the equation.

Camino de Santiago El Acebo

It’s helpful to look through a guidebook or check out a few other accounts of other people’s experiences, but don’t overload on them before you go. Two reasons. First, knowing too much about what to expect reduces the thrill of discovery along the way. Second, you’re going to walk your own Camino, and your experiences will be very unique to your situation, the (literal and figurative) path you take, and the people (good, bad, and indifferent) you meet along the way. Just let things happen – you’re going to be fine.

My Camino de Santiago 2014

Getting my pilgrim credential

Camino de Santiago planning: trains, planes and routes galore

Camino de Santiago backpack fashion

Lori: Journey to the Camino de Santiago – What do I wear on my arse?

Lori: Walking to the Camino to walk the Camino

Lori: Let’s talk footwear, shall we?

Lori: Journey to the Camino de Santiago – What the Heck to Bring?

Lori: Journey to the Camino de Santiago – AKA Why I am Stubborn and Slightly Unhinged

Nova Scotia hikes to prepare for the Camino

Admiral Lake Loop on the Musquodoboit Trailway

32km on the Salt Marsh Trail to the Atlantic View Trail and back

Mahone Bay to Lunenburg on the Bay to Bay TrailBay to Bay Trail Scallop Shells

Camino wallpaper for your phone

Before departure, I had run out of things to plan, acquire or otherwise prepare, so to kill another minute of “planning time,” I made a phone wallpaper (for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy) that piles on to an overdone meme while providing a helpful reminder to just keep walking when I’m getting tired and questioning why I would walk across Spain anyway.

Camino de Santiago keep calm

Your Camino de Santiago tips, questions, comments & more

The floor is open. I am happy to receive any tips, advice, dining suggestions, comments and more. Fire away in the comments or tweet me at @bitesizedtravel!

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4 thoughts on “All about my Camino de Santiago

  1. I’m definitely going to check back here a lot in the next few months… I’ll be on the Camino in June/July, and in the meantime I have a ton to learn!!

  2. I was on the Camino at the same time you were, Krista, and also discovered the Peregrina beer. Any chance you have found anywhere in Canada which carries it?

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