Posted a month ago, thought I'd update this post with some extra info...
I'm a 22 year old female, just graduated from uni for Medieval Archaeology and looking for anyone would would be interested in taking the Santiago pilgrimage.
Convincing friends to go backpacking for a month is one thing - but convincing them to walk from France to Spain for a month is another!
Looking to start from Le Puy, France and end in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Looking to go in some time from May through July in 2009... and yes, it is 4 to 5 weeks of walking
Why join this adventure of walking when there are far faster ways of travel?
It's a great trip - join a 1000 year old medieval tradition, and (if you're Catholic) get a nifty indulgence from the Pope at the end of it! Sweet! Heavenly coupons to get you out of purgatory! A great escape perfect for self reflection, scenery, historical and cultural content... also, green travel! Cut WAY back on carbon footprint by walking this route... and most importantly:
generally a cheap trip as you're transportation costs are reduced to the price of a good pair of trainers!
It's great that you want to walk the camino. It's a really great experience and I'm sure you'll like it.
I know , cause I went to Santiago this summer, starting from Le Puy.
Believe me, you don't need a buddy... It's way better when you start alone, and you'll meet a lot of pilgrims, and you' ll walk with them....
If you find a buddy on the internet, you'll have to stay with him, you'll have no freedom.. and in the end you'll just hate him..
Trust me, this camino is really great, and you'll enjoy it...
But you say it's 4 or 5 weeks of walk.. Well it actually took me 49 days to go to Santiago, plus 2 extra days to go to Fisterra, the end of the world... ( a little more than thousand six hundreds kilometres )
I wish you good luck, because sometimes it'll be difficult.. but it's so wonderful..
As all the pilgrims say : Buen Camino
I may be interested in a walking tour as I'll be in Europe til July next year. It's a little far away to say "yes" but it does sound interesting.
This sounds very interesting.
When would you have a better idea of your start date?
So glad for the responses!
A bit of info:
Depending on which route (either from Le Puy -1300km, or St-Jean-Pied-de-Port 750km) the start date changes according. What doesn't change, however, is the finish date. In order to join in on the celebrations, I'd want to arrive on Saint James' feast day on July 24th. This in mind, the start date is anywhere from May to early June.
Again, VERY economical trip considering the amount of ground you're covering. I've been told to budget around 1 euro for every kilometer.
Check out this site if you're interested. I found it a very good starting point for most of my questions:
Thanks for the responses! Write me back if you still have questions
Hello my fellow travel-bugs!
New updates on the pilgrimage! I have a travel companion (or as I like to call him, the Toto to my Dorothy, the Doctor to my Rose, the Anthropromorphic Backpack to my Dora the Explorer).
We're planning the Camino from Conques (the route is 200km shorter than from LePuy), and starting the 3rd week of May.
Walking this route will get us to Santiago de Compostela in two months - ending on the Feast Day of St.James - July 25th. It also means we'll be in Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls!
Would LOVE to have some more travel buddies - if you want to meet us at the start, or later on along the path. Only 100km have to be walked to get your compostela. An EXCELLENT travel option during the recession as you're living simply and using your own feet for transportation.