This channel began as a way to share my preparations for walking the Camino de Santiago in 2020 (in fact it was originally called Camino MMXX!). Today I was supposed to leave for Spain but alas, the Coronavirus panic has ruined those plans. So what is next? Is a fall Camino possible? Full video HERE!
Keeping Clean on the Camino
Hiking can be dirty business. Fortunately on the Camino de Santiago there are regularly spaced facilities for cleaning up the nastiness - but you'll still need to bring some of your own supplies. Click HERE for the video!
The Coronavirus and the Camino
Change of Plans. Probably. The Camino is effectively shutdown as Spain goes into emergency response mode concerning Covid19 - the Coronavirus. If you were planning on a Camino any time soon, you need to have a strong Plan B. Click HEREfor a short update.
Beware the Camino Cops!
For some time now, I've been involved in a (mostly) great Camino Facebook group dedicated to helping people prepare for their Camino. It's full of (mostly) helpful folks, and I thought that posting my preparation "vlog" via my YouTube channel would be a welcome addition. And for quite some time it was - I gained … Continue reading Beware the Camino Cops!
Camino Rant: Walk Your Own Walk!
I've received great advice and tips for my Camino by listening to other pilgrims, but sometimes people can get a little overbearing and even nasty when their decisions do not match those of others. This is rather silly. It's not THE Camino - it's YOUR Camino! Walk it the way you want to walk it! … Continue reading Camino Rant: Walk Your Own Walk!
I Got My Credencial!
https://youtu.be/IJ6SlamXOXg I got my Camino Credencial for free (with the purchase of a cool new book), as well as a waterproof case! BONUS: Camino Compostelas, Credencials, and Certificates . . . it can all get rather confusing. HERE I sort through these various documents and explain what each one does for the Camino pilgrim. https://youtu.be/B9nDdSQFwY4
What is the Camino de Santiago?
So just what is this "Camino" thing anyway? Find out HERE!
Who is Saint James?
The Camino de Santiago is the Way of St. James. But who is St. James? Discovering the answer is more complicated than you might imagine. FULL VIDEO HERE! James in the Bible Just like today, in New Testament (NT) times some names were more popular than others. Hence, there are a lot of Johns, Marys, … Continue reading Who is Saint James?
The Ultimate Indulgence
Camino Indulgence No, I am not talking about a mid-Camino spa day! Rather, this post is about the granting of Indulgences, which is part of the overall salvation theology of the Catholic Church. Although often confused with "Tickets to Heaven" or "Get Out of Hell Free Cards," indulgences really only have to do with the … Continue reading The Ultimate Indulgence
Compostelas, Credencials, and Certificates
In the beginning, Camino pilgrims brought back a scallop shell back from Santiago as proof of their pilgrimage. Once people started scalping (scalloping?) them, though, more authoritative means were required for proof. This began as letters of authentication which eventually evolved to certificates of completion of which there are now many. To make things more … Continue reading Compostelas, Credencials, and Certificates