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I suggest low hiking shoes, and if possible in Gore-tex, as you often find in the morning mist and also the paths may be flooded after the local rain showers. Remember that your feet swell up after hours of walking. As socks, preferably synthetic outlined for the left and right foot and not too large.
Dried fruit and cereal bars are the ideal weight-performance ratio. For water, I recommend a 1-liter PET bottle. Along the way you will all the rest, especially fresh fruit and the legendary sandwich with “jamon Serano”.
I find it very useful to take the Schüssler salts, 1 tablet nr. 2 per hour and at night a dozen of nr. 7
|A good bag 40 l, a cape covering well the bag, hat and those who want the clubs that are not essential because steep slopes are rare, but still do companionship.|
I must say that 90% of the information I found them on the site www.mundicamino.com with nice maps that include gradients or www.mundicamino.org. Of great help for the Portuguese path, was the Italian site www.pellegrinando.it. More information is available on thousands of pages on the Internet, with various tips and experience. For flights there is a great choice, and the advantage now is that the tickets must be ordered separately for outward and return, so you fly to Oviedo and then come back from Santiago. Depending on the point of departure I chose Easyjetor Ryanair, and for domestic travel Iberia. However along the way, obviously not at any time, there are coaches and often the train. Details are on pages of RENFE, the only problem are links with Portugal, they are rare and with poor connections. Always keep a reserve day in the planning, obviously related to the fact, that you are like us a common worker, and waiting for the deserved retirement
Can not say I feel very Christian, but the fact is, and I can’t deny it, that I grew up in an environment with this culture. During my personal growth, through many trips, compared to the other worlds of thought and reality, little by little I gained from my education a detachment of my origin. Are not specially attracted to other religions, witch I feel to far from my DNA, but I feel strongly in my sole a great desire to return to the “origins”, which don’t need necessarily have a religious connotation, but are close to the superior. At my age and my life experiences, I must recognize that I have always been “accompanied” in my evolution from ancestral forces that were there at the appropriate time and at my side to guide me.
On the path of Santiago de Compostela, despite its predominantly Catholic connotation, you can rediscover ancient pagan values which have the great advantage to be able to transmit and impregnate to each pilgrim with high energy and mystic atmosphere, independently from religion or culture, provided that he is “eager” to discover them.
To enter in the “charisma” of the pilgrimage, it takes several weeks of walking, so if you go for a relatively short period, is requires a basic mental preparation to the event. This in order not to be in the situation to be accompanied by all the worries of suspended problems brought from home throughout the journey, and at the end sit in the cathedral of Santiago, and realize that we came to recharge our the spirit and mind, in order to better tackle our complex life and rare events accompanied by human warmth.
I love telling a story that happened in my first experience. An older Italian, who obviously carried his age well, walked around the various tables of the hostel, boasting of having covered 32 km in 7 hours and 15. When he asked me what route I had done and time needed, I replied, “can I ask you something? Would you be able to make 25 km in 7 hours and 15?” The poor man was speechless, looking rather gloomy, and hi left probably considering I was not completely connected!
From experience I could gather, the “true” pilgrims are often Latin Americans, East European and Scandinavians, while for English speaking people, it looks more as a fashion and are not willing to give up alcohol or smoking during the experience.
For many Portuguese and Spanish, even if it’s passing through their country, do not understand what it is, some older people are quite aware of its existence, not having a car they use to walk on it, deploring the poor state or modification of path.