YOU on the Camino de Santiago

YOU on the Camino de Santiago

For and about first time pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in Spain - whether your flights are booked and you have a start date, or if you have just now heard of the Camino, this podcast will walk with you as you take your first steps of preparing, planning, and starting your Camino experience. Guide and long-time pilgrim Nancy Reynolds shares her 17 years of experience walking the Camino and leading 13 small groups on the Camino Francés - plus interviews with new pilgrims getting ready for their first ever Camino walks.


October 4, 2022 54 min

This episode could be considered Episode 8b, as it follows up on the discussion from Episode 8, "How Long Does it Take".

From Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, you have many choices for where to start your journey on the Camino Francés. In this episode, I will walk you through the most likely starting points and how to get to each one.

I refer to a bunch of online resources - too many to list in this space ...

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Pilgrim Amanda is about to take her first steps on the Caminho Português as this episode goes live! Walk with us through her preparations and how she went from hiring a company to planning everything to using her super powers to do it herself.

Amanda also shares with us the "ground rules" she and her walking partner came up with the ensure they had a smooth trip as they shared the journey from Porto to Santiago de Compostel...

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How many days does it take to walk the Camino de Santiago? Well, that depends! Which route? And how long do you want to spend walking the Camino? That's a whole other question, isn't it?

Here are the questions I pose at the end of this episode:

  • What would constitute a ‘real pilgrimage’ by your standards?
  • How much time do you want to take for your Camino?
  • How many miles or kilometers will you need to walk each day to complete ...
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    Is the Camino on your "bucket list"? If yes, how is it similar and different from other items on the list? And what does that mean, really?

    Abbi from Santa Cruz, California is taking on one of her bucket list items when she starts her walk on the Camino Francés in mid-September, and we had a chance to explore these questions when we talked in early August. 

    At that time Abbi was in the middle of a serious competition to sel...

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    What are you really asking when you ask, when is the best time to walk the Camino? Find out in this episode as we explore the many factors that will determine the best time for your Camino journey.

    As promised in this episode, here are the websites I use to book my ground transportation to my Camino starting point and from my ending point back to my airport departure city.

    *Note that train timetables and tickets sometimes are not a...

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    What are your fears and concerns about walking the Camino? Kathie shares her on-trail concerns and also how she addresses the concerns of her husband and kids as she heads off on her own on a six-week, 500 mile adventure in France and Spain.

    Kathie will be staying at Refuge Orisson her first night on the trail. Advance reservations are highly recommended, and you can get yours on their website:

    To lea...

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    If you are planning to walk the Camino de Santiago, you are going to be asking your feet to do something extraordinary. You are about to put them to the greatest test they likely will ever be put to.

    How do you prepare your feet for this strenuous journey? With the right socks and boots, and more importantly, by getting your feet - and your body - fully acquainted with your Camino footwear.

    Here is the link for the article on how t...

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    Bed bugs, luggage transport, finding food . . . it's all part of the Camino experience! Join me for a conversation with soon-to-be-pilgrim Grace from Queens, New York, as she prepares to walk the Caminho Português.

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    In this episode we will explore some basic questions:

    What is the Camino?

    Why do people walk the Camino?

    What does it mean to “do” the Camino?

    And what is it like, what is the experience of walking the Camino?

    And we will get personal – why would you walk the Camino? What experience are you seeking?

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    For and about first-time pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, this podcast takes you from idea . . . to saying YES! . . . to your first steps on the Camino trail. Whether you will walk in Spain, France, or Portugal, this podcast gives you a planning roadmap and practical tips, plus heartwarming and helpful stories from others who, like you, are getting ready for their first-ever pilgrimage on the Camino.

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