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Spiritual Preparation For The Camino de Santiago

Although there is physical effort involved, the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is essentially a spiritual experience and it is recommended that pilgrims take some time for spiritual preparation before their walk. We urge you to think about your motives for wishing to make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Traditionally these motives fell into three …

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Priesthood and the Camino

Trainee Priest’s Spanish Mission

POINT Road resident and trainee priest Barry Matthews is going the distance for his faith. That distance is all 500 miles of Camino de Santiago, the world-famous pilgrimage through Northern Spain. The 30-year-old trainee priest has temporarily discarded the robes of the priesthood in favour of a good pair of walking shoes, walking as he …

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Santiago on The Way

Reaching Santiago

Reaching Santiago It’s turned out to be a prolific year for Kiwis reaching Santiago de Compostela on the Camino de Santiago. Despite meeting only a couple on our trip, 79 New Zealanders have completed the trek to Santiago de Compostela this year, nearly double the total for all of 2011. And we were among those …

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True happiness on the Camino trail

Why the epic Camino trail across Spain is a route to true happiness

Why the epic Camino trail across Spain is a route to true happiness You will have heard about life-changing journeys, but if I describe a 500-mile Camino trail to Santiago de Compostela, I suspect your reaction would be: turn the page. But please don’t! I’d reached a time when I needed to re-assess, to reflect …

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Camino Plenary Indulgence

The Camino Plenary Indulgence You can get the Camino Plenary Indulgence (also known as “The Jubilee”), by walking the Camino’s last 100km or Cycling the Camino’s last 200km to Santiago de Compostela. The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession). An Indulgence is the complete …

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Can’t pronounce Txomin Etxaniz Txakolina? Drink it anyway!

Can’t pronounce Txomin Etxaniz Txakolina? Drink it anyway! Do you ever wonder what purpose some of your friends serve in your life? If not, you should. I am lucky enough to have a very eclectic group of friends, all with their quirks, personalities, humour, ambitions, knowledge and levels of loyalty. I’d say that many of …

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When the road beckons, go

When The Road Beckons you – go! When the road beckons, go! “I did the Camino last year, a pilgrimage in Spain that dates beyond the 9th century. I walked alone 500 miles in 40 days, but actually, never alone. When it beckons you – go! The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, popularized by the …

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The Road to Santiago

The Road to Santiago There are three questions hikers and pilgrims ask each other when walking the 1,600-kilometre Santiago de Compostela, or Camino, pilgrimage trail. Where are you from? How far have you walked? How are your feet? The Road to Santiago. A fourth question, “Why?” usually only comes after you’ve shared a bottle (or two) …

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Pamplona, The French Way

Pamplona | The Camino Frances

Pamplona | The Camino Frances Pamplona is the capital city of the former kingdom of Navarre, on the Camino Frances, Spain. The city is located in the middle of Navarre, in a rounded valley known as the Cuenca de Pamplona, that links the mountainous North with the Ebro valley and is 92 kilometres from the …

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Guernica

Guernica Guernica is a town in the province of Biscay, in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, Spain. Gernica is on The Camino del Norte. The town is best known for the devastation it suffered on April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. Guernica was the scene of a bombing raid by the …

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Perfect Italian dinner on the Via Francigena, Tuscany

Perfect Italian dinner on the Via Francigena If you’re planning a walking holiday in Tuscany on the Via Francigena or Cammino di Francesco, don’t miss the chance to discover authentic Italian food, one of the richest Mediterranean food cultures. Let us whet your appetite with this blog post before you leave for the Italian peninsula. Perfect …

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Christmas recipe

Camino Christmas: Festive Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Festive Gingerbread Cookies Recipe Gingerbread Cookies are very popular in many countries around Europe, including Italy and France. They are very easy to make and can also be a special and original gift idea! Let us know how you get on with this delicious festive Gingerbread Cookies recipe! Ingredients: For 30 cookies: 3 cups (350g) …

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