Everything You Need To Prepare For Camino de Santiago

Gabriel Schirm, author of “Sunrises to Santiago,” delivers some valuable Camino knowledge in this post.
It’s perfect timing, for many of us are planning for upcoming Caminos. I leave in just 12 days for my pre-Camino trip to Portugal. It’s an exciting time. Squee! 🙂
Buen Camino!


I wanted to provide a list of planning resources for those that are planning to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Here you will find a comprehensive list of everything you need to know. You may have a million questions and in this post you will find helpful tips to make your journey the best it can be. As summer draws near, I am beginning to get many emails from those that have read my book and are planning their own journeys. I always refer them to the planning resources section of the site here, but this post is even more comprehensive. Look no further.

Everything You Need To Know To Prepare For The Camino de Santiago

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Friday Faves: Mikells on the Way

For a glimpse of what it’s like on the Camino Francés right now, take a look at Mikells on the Way blog. Phillip “Mikey” Mikell and his friend Frank have been sharing photos and details of daily stages from their starting point in St. Jean Pied de Port earlier this month. These guys are awesome! They share gorgeous photos with fun captions.

Chocolate con Churros
Chocolate con churros. If you don’t know what this is, you might need to drop everything and visit Spain. It will change your life! For those who have tried this delicacy, you will see that it passed the “spoon test.” (Good chocolate – into which one dips his churros – should be thick enough to support the weight of a spoon resting on top.)

From Rest Day 2: Burgos

Spain is full of public art and sculptures,  and I love how these guys seize photo ops.  Here’s a few examples:

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Mindfulness Manifesto – Part 1

This is the first in a blog series on the mindful practices of healthy eating, walking and yoga. I wrote this essay for a UC Berkeley online writing workshop and I wanted to share it with you now because I begin yoga teacher training this month.  I’m grateful  that my journey has led me to this new dimension of wellness, for I am about to embark on my 100 mile Camino next month.   I’ll continue to share the great things I discover about the Camino, but on Mondays I’ll highlight mindful practices that I truly believe in.

Mindfulness Manifesto – Part 1

How Healthy Eating, Walking and Yoga Can Provide Lifelong Balance

Over the past few decades, medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and chronic stress, have increased in America, despite the good intentions and recommendations of organizations like the American Heart Association and the Food & Drug Administration. In 2009, 145 million people—almost half of all Americans—live with a chronic condition.1  Ironically, these conditions are also among the most preventable of all health problems. It is time for us to take control of our own health and well-being! By incorporating a few simple daily habits of healthy eating, walking, and practicing yoga, one can avoid expensive doctor visits, dependence on medication, and the use of stimulants, ensuring a lifelong balance of good health and wellness. Continue reading

The Curious Life Project

Happy Friday! I have a new recommendation to add to the growing list of favorite Camino blogs. Gabriel Schirm, author of Sunrises to Santiago, runs a beautifully designed blog called The Curious Life Project, at gabrielschirm.com.

Indeed, Gabriel’s curiosities have been fun to read—from Spain Travel Tips For Foodie Outdoor Enthusiasts to How To Get Time Off For Long Distance Hikes And Travel— a burning question for most Americans afflicted with wanderlust.  Gabriel covered the topic thoroughly and even took the time to do a poll and include stats. He writes, “I asked the simple question, How Did You Get The Time Off To Walk Long Distance Treks? Here are the combined results from about 100 respondents:
Quit My Job – 2%
Flexible Boss – 14%
I Work For Myself – 25%
Independently Wealthy – 0%
Saved All Of My Vacation Time – 15%
Student On Break – 5%
Educator On Summer Break – 11%
Other – 10%”

The post that got me hooked was Must Eat Foods of the Camino de Santiago. Gabriel and his wife lived in Granada for two years and walked the Camino Frances, so they know what they’re talking about.

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Montefurado, the pierced mountain

It appears that Galicia and California have a lot in common with our gold mining history, mountains and fine wines. No wonder this NorCal girl is so at home in northern Spain! Enjoy a bit of Roman history along with food and wine tips from Jorge over at the kilomEATers.

Camino Primitivo, the Primitive Way

This article made me hungry and brought back memories of the delicious food in Galicia and cider houses in Asturias.
Buen provecho!