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EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: u been there?

istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
have you ever done that pilgrimage to santiago in spain? anybody you know?

i'm just wondering because i'm thinking of doing it next year, by bicycle (as i heard that it is accepted), and i want to know the best guide book for that...
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  • I've always wanted to do that but I can't take off for a month or two from work.

    I've read a couple of books about the pilgrimage. Can't remember the title or author. There is even a book written during the crusades that I wanted to read. Try Amazon also search Santiago de Compostela on the internet and you'll find various travelogues and articles.
  • i've also always wanted to do that except that, like ewanko2, i can't get away from work for more than 3 weeks. although doing the pilgrimage by bike sounds interesting, i would rather walk the route as it is the traditional pilgrim way.

    there was a good book about the el camino that i saw on amazon but i can't recall the name.
  • my brother did this a few years back. he felt renewed and re-established his fervor and faith. was supposed to join him but was too busy. maybe next year i'd do it myself.
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    my plan on making the pilgrimage is taking its shape now :) definitely by bicycle dahil mga 15 days lang ang kaya ko... ang kapalit, magsisimula ako sa french side. baka sa lourdes...

    ngapala, late march next year ko planong pumunta :)
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    tr|n|ty wrote: »
    my brother did this a few years back. he felt renewed and re-established his fervor and faith. was supposed to join him but was too busy. maybe next year i'd do it myself.


    were you able to do this pilgrimage? from where did you start?
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    i need your help... yes, YOU.

    balak kong maghulog ng donation sa mga simbahan na madadaanan ko along the 800km pilgrim route. ang gusto ko, ilalagay ko sa envelope yung donation (dahil di naman kalakihan ang amount), at may kasamang maliit na note with a one-liner prayer.

    the help i need is-- please give me a one-liner prayer that will summarize what our country needs (peace? order? honest government? what?)...

    thanks...
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    just in case you were wondering, yes, i did the camino.

    i started from lourdes, france, holy week last year.

    i cycled more than a thousand kilometers in less than 18 days and this journey has been the most challenging yet fulfilling experience i ever had.
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    it's been a while and somehow, parang gusto ko ulit gawin itong pilgrimage na ito. this time though, lakad naman ang gagawin ko. the experience is really different that i miss it.

    it's going to be another challenge. that is, kung mapag-iipunan ko at magkakaroon ako ng time para gawin nga ito...
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    for those of you who asked, here is a simple blogging of my previous pilgrimage:


    Caminero Pinoy


    have a nice day!
  • ^^ thanks for sharing!
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ tungkol naman sa expenses, yung pinakamurang klase ng accommodation eh under 10euros. kung minsan libre pa (donate ka lang kung magkano kaya mo). pero dormitory style. first come first served basis. kailangan mo ng sleeping bag dahil kasamang walang kumot at unan.
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    An overview of the Camino Frances (the most popular Camino De Santiago route) to Santiago De Compostela.

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  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    hates wrote: »
    ^^ thanks for sharing!

    extension ng sagot ko sa tanong mo, i-quote ko na lang yung isang pm ko ha.

    "ang big factor ay yung airfare. the ticket cost depends on the time when you are planning to go. the best way is to call different travel agencies and ask them of their ticket price. be sure to call more than one agency para may comparison ka. itanong mo na rin kung anong season ang mura.

    then you have to reserve a room for your first night pagdating mo sa starting point mo.

    along the camino, there are plentiful refugios which are like youth hostels, but only available to pilgrims. there are also albergues. they are uni-sex and many are bunkbed types. some of these, especially the ones in the city center, are government supported and so they cost 5-10 euros per night. though they provide the bed, you have to bring your own sleeping bag because they do not provide the linen.

    for more privacy, try hostals, hotels or paradores (former castles, hospitals or palaces turned into high class hotels). but these cost a fortune to some pilgrims like me. some accommodation is available at monasteries. some are free but you have to leave a "donation."

    sa pagkain, i bought french bread sa supermarket at ito ang baon ko. bumili din ako ng spread. bale ito ang lunch ko. kung minsan nagbabaon din ako ng sausage. basta kung ano ang makita kong mura na pwedeng baunin sa supermarket na madadaanan ko.

    for breakfast and dinner, merong mga resto na may pilgrim's meal meaning, mura at about 10 euro or less for a course. pero syempre, kung breakfast rin lang, dun na lang ako sa tirang french bread. kung minsan din may craving na kumain ng hot food kaya ayun, "pilgrim's meal" ako. pero it's worth the money. lalo na kung dinner dahil at the minimum, may soup, main dish atsaka dessert.

    malaking tipid kung stick to refugio ka lang sa accommodation. alternative is albergue (less people in the room). tapos bili ka ng baon sa supermarket. kung kakain ka sa resto for dinner, piliin mo yung may offer na pilgrim's meal."

    hindi ko man masagot nang minsanan, please don't hesitate to ask anything.
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    i know, i know, ako lang ang pumapansin at interesado sa thread na ito :glee:

    pero ito share ko na naman:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jcXLz62qOo


    enjoy...
  • istarbaks....sorry dre, pero di ko alam that this thread exists....wow! im so proud of you and because of my recent visit to Santiago, i'm seriously thinking of doing the Camino...im still debating whether to start from France or from the southernmost part of Portugal up to Santiago...

    if not next year but definitely in the next two years!!! I'll read your blog and will keep on reading it as I want to keep the fire burning, so to speak...

    maybe in this little way, we could encourage everyone to do the Camino:)


    and yes, Ive seen so many pilgrims on bike...but maybe I'll do it by walking...am not a biker, hehehehhe but kudos to you Istarbaks!!

    super cool!
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ i think it won't matter which camino you would take. i happen to take the french way because i wanted to start my journey from lourdes, france. so in a way parang napilitan akong magbike :D eh kasi naman kapag nilakad ko baka pa ako ng bagong taon sa kalye.

    advantage ng naka bike ay madali kang magpalit ng route, o kaya naman pwede kang mag-stop over sa mga lugar na medyo lihis sa main path.
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    superparadise_X, kumusta na ang plano mong mag camino?
  • xctrekkerxctrekker PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I have always wanted to do this but I just couldn't afford it. Sigh!

    In fact, sabi ko sa missis ko, mas maganda ito kesa sa traditional Holy Land Tour. Delikado na kasi, baka ma-suicide bomber ka pa dun sa HL.
  • istarbaksistarbaks PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    xctrekker wrote: »
    I have always wanted to do this but I just couldn't afford it. Sigh!

    In fact, sabi ko sa missis ko, mas maganda ito kesa sa traditional Holy Land Tour. Delikado na kasi, baka ma-suicide bomber ka pa dun sa HL.


    ^ Airfare lang ang major expense dito. Hindi mo rin kailangan ng mga hotel reservations dahil napakamura ng mga pilgrim's inn.

    I went to Fatima, Jerusalem and Lourdes (starting point ko). I'm glad I did the camino as the latter activity. Kasi parang naging culmination sya ng lahat ng pilgrimage eh. Although Jerusalem was entirely a different experience...
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