#Camino Inglés vs Camino Francés

The English or the French? It’s a rivalry that’s lasted hundreds of years, and not one I really intend to solve in this blog, but having walked the English and French Caminos, I have some reflections on the comparative merits of both. If you want a quiet Camino: I can’t start by giving the English…

#Camino Inglés Day Five: The World is a Handkerchief

There is a Spanish expression, “el mundo es un pañuelo” which essentially means “it’s a small world” but it’s rather more poetic: the world is a handkerchief. I think the idea is that we might all be on different parts of the fabric but if you fold it in enough different ways we’ll all meet….

#Camino Inglés Day Three: All Part of the Adventure

I’ve started to realise that it takes a couple of days on the Camino before you really “arrive” on the Camino. I arrived today. I separated from the group a little, and walked by myself in the early Galician morning. It had rained in the night, so the air was very fresh, and the trees…

#Camino Inglés Day Two: A Day of Extremes

When another pilgrim’s alarm went off at 5am this morning, and they left it going for a full minute before switching it off, I thought this was going to be a bad day, but I fell asleep again, and woke up at 8am (this is crazy late for the Camino and bodes well). We were…

#Camino Inglés Day One: Feeling Pretty English

I arrived in A Coruña late last night, and went directly to my hotel in a taxi. The rain was lashing down and I was glad I didn’t have to walk anywhere. I slept badly, woken by howling wind and occasional claps of thunder. I now know why the Spanish word for a storm is…

Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago

Last Friday my parents in-law told me they were watching a programme about the Camino. It’s a new series on BBC2, called Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago and the second show airs tonight at 9pm. I’m so excited that the BBC are showing this, because walking the Camino has become such an important and wonderful…

#Camino Inglés: the Camino starts at home

You didn’t think two trips on the Camino and I’d be done did you? As I wrote before, el Camino te enganchas. The Camino hooks you! I’m hook, line and sinker. So this year I’m heading back, with my Camino bestie Elke, and her friends Sten and Annette, who I’m yet to meet. But since…

My second Camino: the pilgrims’ meal

I normally write my blog in the afternoon, after walking, and before dinner, so I haven’t written much before about the pilgrims’ meals on the Camino. But now seems like a good opportunity because we had a very special pilgrims’ meal in Villavante, the night before last. All along the Camino you can have a…

My second #Camino: andar y descansar

It’s easy to push yourself too hard on the Camino. You want to walk. You came here to walk. Just a few more kilometres… It’s not so easy to rest. But it’s important to do so. It’s vital for your body, and it’s also good for your soul. I remember reading a sign last year…

My second #Camino: a long day powered by coffee

This morning’s walk started with another spectacular moon-set and sunrise. Tomorrow there will be a full moon, so I think I’m getting spoilt. Even better, just 3kms into our day we stopped for coffee, tortilla and juice. Caffeine gave this pilgrim, and Inês, super powers (Elke prefers hot chocolate but the effect is similar)! The…