Hostel Life

Hostel Life

Some of you may wonder what a pilgrim hostel is like so I thought I’d describe our stay at the monastery in Roncevalles.  We arrived at the hostel about 2pm, we joined the line of pilgrims waiting to check in, we got our pilgrim credincials/passport stamped and then booked in, ordered the pilgrim menu for […]

Pilgrims in the Mist

Pilgrims in the Mist

Day 1: St Jean Pied de Port to Orisson Beginnings are always fun, exciting and a little terrifying. I had butterflies in my stomach as we set out this morning. The walk was short, just 8km/5 miles but we were concerned the longer distances in the mountains especially at this early stage would be too […]

And so it begins

And so it begins

We haven’t yet set foot on the trail and already the Camino is working it’s magic. As well as the expression ‘the Camino will provide’ it is also said that pilgrim will encounter Camino miracles.  On the train from Bordeaux to Bayonne, the last leg of our 13+ hours traveling on Tuesday, by pure chance […]

Let It Go.....

Let It Go…..

As we flew to Germany on Sunday I was reading a blog from a guy who had walked the Camino and he described going to the pilgrim office in St. Jean Pied de Port (SJPdP) to register for the start of the Camino and how it didn’t quite transpire as he imagined it would. Rather […]

Excited and Apprehensive

Excited and Apprehensive

Tools of the trade! Guide book, pilgrim passport which we will get stamped along the way as proof of our journey and the scallop shell, a sign of the Camino and a pilgrim’s badge down through the ages. It is almost 1:30am and I’m too excited to sleep. We are in Stuttgart for a couple […]