The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the 9th Century, when the tomb of the evangelical apostle St. James was discovered in what is today Santiago de Compostela. Since then, pilgrims from all over the world have walked St. James’ Way, originally seeking forgiveness for their sins, and nowadays often just to spend time on a journey of personal growth.
Hear what Jean and Stephen have to say about their journey along the Camino, including tips, tricks, and what surprised them the most!
When did you hike the Camino?
May 2017. Of the six days we walked, only one day had rain. The rest were sunny and warm.
What is the scenery like along the Camino?
Mostly wooded hills with several smaller villages along the way. You’ll often be walking by the yards of farm and village houses or passing small cafes. Many of the farm houses are several generations old and made of stone. There is also a eucalyptus forest we went through that was being logged… it smelled wonderful!
What was the most interesting thing you experienced on your journey?
The people. We met people from all over. A man from Belgium walking it with his dog. A “Camino Couple” from Lichtenstein and Germany. A couple of Irish gentlemen poking fun at some rather rude and pushy German teenagers. When getting the Compostela, Jean became overwhelmed which impressed the gentleman issuing the certificate so much that he made arrangements for our names to be read at mass the following morning.
What surprised you the most about the Camino?
What a great opportunity it is to challenge your limits.
What advice would you give to someone looking to walk the Camino?
- Baggage transfer is well worth the money.
- Pack lightly – you don’t need all the extras!
- Change your socks often.
- Always wear a hat and make sure you have rain gear.
- Beware the vendors along the way selling trinkets – they are not worth the money you pay.