Have any of you done the Camino de Santiago? I am considering doing it this summer and am looking for tips.

Have any of you done the Camino de Santiago? I am considering doing it this summer and am looking for tips. I think the Norte route looks nice, I love coastlines. The only thing I'm worried about is my feet- I'm very SighSee, the exercise is absolutely no problem, but my feet aren't accustomed to hiking at all and I don't have time to break them in. Any and all suggestions welcome!

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  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Your feet are gonna hurt, and there's no getting around it. Also, there are services that will pick your luggage up and drive it to your next hotel, so you don't have to lug around a huge shitty rucksack; I'd recommend that option.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Before you know it, people are going to be even more lazy, and do their "pilgrimage" on an e-scooter.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      or just dont take a huge backpack. you don't need a lot on the camino

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did the Camino Frances to Finisterre in September. I can recommend that one if you want a social/cultural experience. The norte will be more solitary, and it's also harder hiking wise.

    Take breatheable trailrunners and size up since your feet swell up while walking. They don't really need breaking in. Hiking boots, even goretex "breatheable" ones, are just going to make your feet a sweaty mess, and are just too heavy for the job.

    Stay away from compeed, a roll of leukotape will last you 3 camino's and is way cheaper.

    Don't ignore blisters, they will become worse and gain funky colors. Just pop them with a heated needle/knife and tape it.

    Even on the frances, some hospitalieros don't speak english at all, so I can imagine this being worse on the Norte. learn common phrases like "Tienes una cama libre?" and "Una cerveza grande pro favor"

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      If you start from Spain you're cheating. You're supposed to walk across Europe. The closest acceptable starting point is Paris.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        cheating at what? it's just a walk, bro

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          It's a pilgrimage.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            ok, Satan
            You think a pilgrimage is only valid if you start walking from your front door?

            On top of that, 99% of people do it for loosely defined spiritual/personal reasons or even just because it's fun, not as a pilgrimage to absolve themselves from some sin or gain favors from the catholic church.

            You don't really believe a 1st century middle eastern man's body is in that silver box "discovered" during the 9th century, right?

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              >catholic church
              Who?
              I only know one true church

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              Sorry but you'll have to show your stamped travel book if you want absolution. I'm not making the rules here.

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                >tfw I arrive at the pearly gates but there is a 2 day gap in my stampcollection

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Isn't it like reaching new record levels of temperature in that area right now? Make sure you have a big sunhat on to protect from the sun.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's from an urbanization called Camino de Santiago lol

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Camino was the biggest blessing and curse of my life.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Story time

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's just that it was the best decision I've ever done to go on the Camino and it was the best time of my life yet.
        But at the same time, it's been a year and a couple months and I can't get the Camino out of my head, I'm not exaggerating but I think about it every single day, random things in my day keep reminding me of random things on the Camino.
        I happen to be "stuck" in the military for the next 2.5 years so thinking about that better place I was in everyday, where I had total freedom, where the only concern was how much I'm walking today and whether lunch is canned beans or canned lentils, it fricking kills me inside.
        2.5 years... then I can go back again.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'd love to hear more anon, if you care to share it!

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            What would you like to know anon?

            18 years old, finished school, no direction in life, waiting for the military to accept me (at that point It's been 2 years since I applied) mother in huge debt and reminds me everyday how useless I am, Christian but have doubts daily, relatively a very SighSee guy, did many treks around the country.

            Very close to hang from a ceiling, decide to do one last long trek either before I SighSee myself from existence or maybe life decides to get better and military decides to accept me (which they did later on).

            Looked at many different options but at that time of the year Spain looked perfect in-terms of weather and coof restrictions, and it also had religious significance, at that time I was going through spiritual/religious difficulties aswell.

            I decided to go, but I'm short on money, I haven't worked since I graduated, the money I had in my bank were neetbux given to every child that reaches 18.
            Frick it, I'll sleep outside if I have to, I'll eat canned beans and bread and survive off the goodness of others.

            I ended up walking 800km in Spain, sleeping outside, sleeping in/outside churches, donativos, I carried about 15kg on my back because food was expensive in village supermarkets (relatively) and I had to carry my food from city to city where there are cheap supermarkets (Dia), my meals for a month (except days on donativos) would be raisins, canned lentils, canned beans, bread and peanuts, some days I'd be carrying 3 or 4 days worth of food.

            Had many good memories, with people, with myself/nature, had many scary ones aswell like walking in foggy Galicia before dawn, hearing a woman scream and getting chased by someone with a flashlight.

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              god doesnt exist - never has. Find your own meaning in life - dont get on your knees begging for one.

              Wife up a cutie in Spain and have 20 kids. You will soon figure out what your purpose is.

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                God exists, you just have to look for him, I'm sure you'll find him one day, I just hope it's not when you're on your death bed.

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                >t. moron making shit up with zero proof
                k

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                read an unconventional portrait of yourself by douglas harding

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              Thanks for sharing anon. You seem to be in a better place right now. Looks like you found some place out there.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          I think the issue is not the camino but your decision to become a meat shield for a nation state

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            I don't regret either decisions, I just wish sometimes I can forget the Camino for a few weeks without losing the memories

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