My Scouse Spouse and I have walked together several times – Astorga to Santiago for our honeymoon, Hadrian’s Wall, then Astorga to Santiago again earlier this year. I knew he enjoyed it and he sometimes mentioned wanting to walk the Francés from St Jean Pied de Port to Astorga to see what I have seen, … More Accidents and Emergencies
As the new year approaches, the date reset in itself is enough to make us feel we are given a chance to start again, with seemingly infinite possibilities. Opening a new daily planner or diary only adds to that, and all this fresh, blank paper invites a lot of dreams and ideas of what you could … More Plotting vs Planning
This question comes up on the Camino forum(s) again and again. With so many cheap tickets and steep checked bag fees it is tempting to pack light and take your Camino pack on the flight as hand luggage. But can you take your collapsible hiking poles too? No, you can’t. You need to put them … More Taking hiking poles on the plane
The soap and shampoo thing has always bothered me. Carrying stuff diluted with water seems silly when there are lighter, solid alternatives. Then again, solid soap and shampoo gets sticky and takes a while to dry between showers, which isn’t ideal when you go from place to place every day. Also there is often nowhere … More Old idea, new camino tip!
When getting rain gear for something like a Camino and not just a quick walk in the park, most people will go with what they know: rain jacket and ditto trousers, and a rain cover for their pack – it often comes with the pack these days. So far, so good. In most cases it … More Why a poncho?
More and more of us take advantage of sometimes incredibly cheap flights, especially in Europe. The only thing that keeps getting more expensive are the add-ons … like checked luggage. If you can or want to travel with hand luggage only, like I do now, you can save a small fortune on short trips away … More Packing liquids
When people think back on the culinary joys of the Camino, they tend to think of chorizo, manchego cheese, pulpo, bocadillos, cerveza, vino tinto … but I have a very special favourite: The Clara. Sometimes called Clara con Limón, sometimes ready mixed with its own tap in bars. So what is it? A Clara is, … More Praise for the humble Clara