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Camino de Santiago - Practical Preparation and Background (CaminoGuide.net eBooks) by [Kelly, Gerald]
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The updated 2015 Practical Preparation and Background guide is now available!

Everybody's heard about the Camino de Santiago, watched the film The Way, know people who’ve walked the Camino and described it as “amazing”! Now you want to walk it but you have so many questions!

What do I need to know? How do I prepare? What should I bring with me? What's it like on the Camino? How far will I have to walk each day? How much will it cost?

Just how difficult is it?

This book sets out to answer these questions and many more besides. Written by an experienced pilgrim and hiker, and based on exhaustive research, it divides preparation up into different sections and explains in practical and straight-forward language what you need to do to make your Camino an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

Packing - what to take, or more importantly, what not to take, is the most important part of your preparation. How to choose equipment, what to think about and watch out for when buying hiking clothes, shoes and a backpack.

Health and safety - how to avoid, or if necessary, deal with blisters, bedbugs, heatstroke and other hazards. How to access the Spanish health service and stay safe. What to do before you leave home to avoid disaster.

What to expect on “the Way” – What's a typical Camino day? What's it like staying in a “pilgrim hostel”? Where do you eat and what's the food like?

Communicating – how do people manage if they don't Speak Spanish? How to order food in restaurants?

History of the Camino and of Spain from its beginnings to its revival, what was the Camino like in the middle ages? Who walked it then? What hardships and hazards did they face?

Society, culture and environment – politics, culture and people of modern Spain.

Internet resources - including details of websites and Facebook pages and groups where you can meet other pilgrims.

Remember, thousands of people walk the Camino every year! Just how difficult can it be if all of these people manage fine?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1700 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147760068X
  • Publisher: CaminoGuide.net; 4 edition (1 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AK2ASU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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good general information with tips on what to be mindful of as well as author's choices
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Practical, well organised, easy read. Contains useful information.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 143 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for tips on the walk. 15 October 2013
By Amazon Customer Gina Allan Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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I walked Camino early this year with my husband and found the information in this book easy to help with getting there and after the walk. It helped with budget and ideas of clothes and weight. Most of all I found out that at 70 years of age I did not need to carry a heavy pack.
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for Camino Pilgrims! 27 June 2013
By Michelle Baumgarten - Published on Amazon.com
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As one of those people who research everything before going there or making a purchase, this book is indispensible to Camino pilgrims. This guide is a not a step-by-step what-to-expect guide like the Brierley book (also indispensible, but for the step-by-step feature), but gives clear, practical advice on what to bring, weather, Camino etiquette, statistics, etc. The section on Camino and Spanish history is particularly fascinating because knowing how it evolved gives a better understanding on why it is there and how to make the experience the best for you. As someone whose Spanish is limited to what I've heard on TV - hola, adios, hast luego - this book also gives practical phrases in Spanish and Basque, as well as menu tips on different parts of the Camino.

I encourage everyone planning on walking "The Way" to read this book before you go!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A starting point for Camino planning 10 December 2013
By pat hatch - Published on Amazon.com
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Very helpful and as it says practical information for preparing for the pilgrimage. Gives information on various starting points, how to find services and some guidance on the Camino culture. Also gives historical context. I will be taking this along with John Brierley's guide on my journey.
I have read multiple individual accounts and guides. I should have started with this one. It helped tremendously in pulling together my priorities for this trip
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good prep and packing guide 29 October 2016
By Jessica Darago - Published on Amazon.com
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Very useful for my Camino hike. It is geared more towards long-haul hikers than short-haul hikers like myself, and it gave what I felt were a couple of points of misinformation. For example, within the last 100km of Santiago, public drinking fountains become sparse and the cafes are no longer (in 2016) willing to fill your bottles or Camelbak for free; I ended up buying most of my water (at the very reasonable rate of 1.5 euros per 1.5 liter bottle, but still). But the overwhelming majority of the advice was quite sound, and I'd recommend it as a prep and packing guide to anyone. Note that it is not a hiking guide (nor does it advertise itself as such), so if you want maps, route advice, albergue reviews, etc., look elsewhere.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff...needs more stars...!! 26 June 2016
By Jimmy Hickey - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was terrific...yer man points out practicalities, necessities, and options, and what works for him and why. A real simple, direct style, with a few laffs, and chockablock with statistical and historical background information that's bound to add to the depth of one's Camino experience. I'm off on the Way in mid-Sept. with one of my best mates ((44 yrs.) who is a stroke survivor, and I just sent him a copy of this little gem to get him amped, just as I am.

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