Reprinted with permission from La Concha (American Pilgrims on the Camino) Sept 2020
Many of us were planning to walk the Camino this year and are disappointed.
Here are 4 ideas to bring the Camino to your home.
Eat like a Pilgrim
- Desayuno (Breakfast): Tortilla y cafe con leche
- Almuerzo (Lunch): Jamon bocadillo y limonada
- Cena (Dinner): Vino tinto, pan, ensalda mixta, jamon, papas fritas y tarta de Santiago
Learn a bit of Spanish
- Mono-linguistic? Why not learn a bit of Spanish for your future Camino?
- Four-time pilgrim and Spanish teacher, Lisa Farrand, has a YouTube series, Quarantine xCamino Spanish. for learning some basic Spanish phases.
Get in Camino shape
- Work those feet and abs!
- Yoga for your feet.
- Work out with your backpack!
Walk (or bike) a Camino in your community
- Sarria to Portomarin (22k/14 miles) How about a quiet country road or path? Can you find a route that replicates the steep medieval staircase into Portomarin? Too long for one day? Stop in Ferrerios (12K) where you might have enjoyed the panoramic view of the reservoir.
- Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25k/15 miles). How about a hike around a lake followed by a stroll through town? Stay well hydrated by stopping at coffee shops along the way. Don’t forget a chocolate croissant to keep your energy up. Too Long? Stop in Ventas de Naron (12.8K).
- Palas de Rei to Ribadiso (26k/16 miles). Walk 15K to Melide and celebrate with take-out pulpo. No octopus in your town? How about a tuna bocadillo instead? Want to break this day in two? Stop here, then walk the remaining 10K along a riverbank to Ribadiso’s medieval bridge another day.
- Ribadiso to Pedrouza (22k/14 miles). Find a forested walk for this section. Arzua is known for delicious cheeses, so don’t forget pan y queso for your picnic stop.
- Pedrouza to Santiago (20k/13 miles). Your final day! Can you have a family member drop you off 20K from your home? Plot a route through forests and towns. Be authentic by walking around an airport. Maybe end with a prayer of thanksgiving at a local church?
Buen Camino! You made it!