Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

My 450 mile walk across Northern Spain following the Camino de Santiago Frances Trail.   The Camino taught me many lessons, some funny, some painful, and some blissful.  Get the 5 week play by play of what the trail was like, the lessons I learned, the people I met , as they happened in this long distance hiking story series.

“Most of this week I felt like a cartoon character – the one with the big cloud over my head with rain pouring down just on me. However, instead of one cloud following me wherever I went along the Camino, there were multiple clouds all lined up and circling like planes at O’Hare airport trying to get their ‘ok’ to land. I could see them all off in the distance eyeing me and sometimes even taunting me. I imagined Mother Nature with a headset on sitting up in the air traffic controller’s booth communicating with each rain cloud. One after the other would come in for a landing leaving me soaked, cold, and frustrated.”

In addition get your frequently asked questions answered in my FAQ post and an essential Camino de Santiago packing list based on what I took with me and what I wish I would have had!

See my Essential Camino de Santiago Packing List

Boots vs. Tennis shoes, rain gear needs (don’t forget your camera protection!), laundry supplies, the best ear plugs, and more. Before you go, make sure you have all of these items on my Camino de Santiago packing list!

If you are looking for more inspiration and information – here’s a few more places you can go for great information!

Camino de Santiago Guides that Can Help You Plan or Inspire Your Trip

Or simply follow my journey from the beginning and get answers to your most frequently asked questions below!

Posts In This Series:

Postcard from Santiago Spain

Posted by on May 28, 2012

450 miles, 5 weeks, my work is complete. I realized that after 4 weeks of following yellow arrows across Spain that there was a massive similarity to the Wizard of Oz and the yellow brick road. This is how I felt grooving into Santiago! Arriving was…very wet. I woke that last morning to rain and […]

The Camino Think Tank

Posted by on May 29, 2012

stop thinking

I had a lot of time to think on this 5-week walking journey – thinking helped me forget my foot pain and fatigue most days. This was a complete vacation for my mind – it was free to roam in and out of memories, ideas, and emotions. A mind needs this, and I am a […]

The Best Time to Walk the Camino de Santiago

Posted by on July 6, 2012

Let me first just say – I’m biased – I, of course, think when I walked it in April/May was the best possible time to do it! Yes, I did get rained on a bit, and it was muddy, but I will take those conditions any day over heat and people!  Most days were pleasant […]

12 Reasons To Walk The Camino de Santiago

Posted by on February 19, 2019

Why walk the Camino de Santiago

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from artist, writer, and hiker Kate. I met Kate when she contacted me about her Camino de Santiago art business. I thought it sounded like such a great idea and a way to have the Camino live on in […]