Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Camino de Santiago de Compostela

After more than a year of research and planning, I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from 30 July until 4 September 2015. For those too lazy to do the math, it took 37 days. I always planned walking the Camino Frances route because it had the highest foot traffic and was the best marked trail. After arriving in Santiago, I decided to continue along to Fisterra and Muxia.  In the days leading up to my departure, I remember feeling anxious, excited, and nervous. Years of anticipation, dreaming, and planning were finally becoming a reality, and I was thrilled.

I can’t say I remember all of the sources I used to plan my Camino. The Camino Forum is a great tool. I highly recommend signing up and searching the forum for ideas and suggestions. I originally planned to walk it in September to avoid over crowding and the unbearable summer, but my family wanted to visit me in September so I had to move my camino up a month. I did find that it was never too crowded, and very rarely had difficulty finding a place to sleep.Below I’ve provided a link to my packing tips and daily journals.

Camino Packing List

Journal Entries

CAMINO DAY 1: SJPP TO RONCESVALLES – THE CHALLENGE OF THE PYRENEES

CAMINO DAY 2: RONCESVALLES TO ZUBIRI – THE LAND OF FORESTS

CAMINO DAY 3: ZUBIRI TO PAMPLONA – RAMPARTS, FORTS, AND LEGENDS

CAMINO DAY 4: PAMPLONA TO PUENTE LA REINA – WHERE THE WIND MEETS THE STARS

CAMINO DAY 5: PUENTE LA REINA TO ESTELLA – UN CAMINO DE PIEDRAS MILENARIAS

CAMINO DAY 6: ESTELLA TO LOS TORRES DEL RIO – A DAY OF SOLITUDE AND MEDITATION

CAMINO DAY 7: LOS TORRES DEL RIO TO LOGROÑO – A DAY OF TEMPLES

CAMINO DAY 8: LOGROÑO TO NÁJERA – IN THE LAND OF WINE

CAMINO DAY 9: NÁJERA TO SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA – FIELDS OF WHEAT

CAMINO DAY 10: SANTO DOMINGO TO BELORADO – AN INVISIBLE FRONTIER

CAMINO DAY 11: BELORADO TO AGES – THE KING OF BANDITS AND SAVAGE BEASTS

CAMINO DAY 12: AGES TO BURGOS – THE LAND OF THE FIRST MEN

CAMINO DAY 13: BURGOS

CAMINO DAY 14: BURGOS TO HONTANAS – THE DESOLATION OF A WHITE AND SOLITARY LAND

CAMINO DAY 15: HONTANAS TO BOADILLO DEL CAMINO – THE DOORWAY OF TIERRA DE CAMPOS

CAMINO DAY 16: BOADILLO DEL CAMINO TO CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES – TWO TONED LANDSCAPE

CAMINO DAY 17: CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES TO TERRADILLO DE LOS TEMPLARIOS – THE LAND OF ADOBE

CAMINO DAY 18: TERRADILLOS DE LOS TEMPLARIOS TO EL BURGO RANERO – BETWEEN HISTORY AND PROGRESS

CAMINO DAY 19: EL BURGO RANERO TO LEÓN – THE MILLENNIA CITY

CAMINO DAY 20: LEÓN

CAMINO DAY 21: LEÓN TO SAN MARTÍN DEL CAMINO – A LEONES MOOR

CAMINO DAY 22: SAN MARTIN DEL CAMINO TO ASTORGA – THE KNIGHT’S BRIDGE

CAMINO DAY 23: ASTORGA TO MANAJRIN – IN THE MOUNTAINS’ SHADOW

CAMINO DAY 24: MANAJRIN TO PONFERRADA – EL MONTE IRAGO

CAMINO DAY 25: PONFERRADA TO VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO – THE LAND OF EARTHLY PLEASURES

CAMINO DAY 26: VILLAFRANCA TO O CEBREIRO – A LAND OF TWO CULTURES

CAMINO DAY 27: O CEBREIRO TO SAMOS – THE LAND OF GAGELLOS

CAMINO DAY 28: SAMOS TO FERRIEROS – THE SEDUCTIVE MESETA “PLATEAU” OF LUGO

CAMINO DAY 29: FERREIROS TO PALAS DE REI – THE GALICIAN TRAIL

CAMINO DAY 30: PALAS DE REI TO SALCEDA – THE SECOND TO LAST

CAMINO DAY 31: SALCEDA TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – THE GATEWAY TO HEAVEN