Camino 2007

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The Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) is the traditional pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.  There are a number of alternative routes depending on your starting point and inclination, my chosen version is a part of the Camino Frances (so-called due to its popularity with the French).  The route starts in France and crosses the border at St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, a rather seedy tourist trap in the Pyrenees; for those with limited time, you can pick it up anywhere along the route and, provided you complete the last 100km or so on foot, you are deemed to have done the deed and are eligible for your certificate of pilgrimhood or Compostela.  Due to my very limited time not to mention appalling state of unfitness, I am going to start in Ponferrada, around 200km from Santiago.   Whilst a gentle stroll across Northern Spain might not seem much of a physical challenge to many, it is about as much as I feel up for and in any case it is meant to be a journey of self-exploration not a penance.

It remains to be seen if I will even manage that much or cop out after a few miles and spend the rest of the fortnight in a nearby Parador by the pool.  Still, at least I hope to be able to answer life's big questions such as:

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What are all these shells for ?

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Is it easier to walk 200km in two weeks than drive 16,000km in a month ?

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How long can I endure sleeping in a dormitory of sweaty, snoring fellow pilgrims ?

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What time is lunch ?

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Can I find myself...without the aid of GPS ?

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Where was I?

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