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NOT BAD BUT THE BOOK DOSENT TELL YOU ABOUT THE TICKET COLLECTION FOR YOU COMPOSTELA AT SANTIAGO IF YOU GO TO THE PILGRIMS OFFICE AT THE END OF YOUR LONG TREK YOUR TOO LATE TO GET A TICKET AND IF YOU CANT GET BACK IN THE MORNING BECAUSE YOU HAVE AN EARLY FLIGHT,TOO BAD YOU DONT GET ONE . ALL IN ALL ITS QUITE A GOOD BOOK ND WE USED IT MOST DAYS SO THNKS FOR THE HELP.
As a woman over 60, I really didn't know if I could do the Camino or not and, even if I could physically do it, I was unsure as to which parts of the Camino I should walk, how long should I plan for, and so on. This book, Camino Easy, gives exactly the info I had needed and it keeps it very simple and straight-forward."
So, I’m a mature walker. In fact I came off a heart surgery this spring. And suddenly I found it tough to enjoy my hiking passion to its fullest extent. I had planned to walk the lightly traveled Oregon Coast Trail this summer but as I tried to plan my heart just wasn’t in it. My priest mentioned she had hiked a Camino years ago and suddenly I decided I needed to try it. This was the first book I read on the topic.
So what can I say about the book? It is not a detailed route guide. It does not give a map or list the potential alburges (hiker hostels) or good restaurants in each town. What it does, and does very well, is reassure those of us feeling a bit insecure, that the Camino is a pilgrimage you can, and should, do. And there are many options for doing it. Unlike some guidebooks which assume you will want to average 25km ( roughly 15.6 miles) per day, all the author assumes is that you want to walk, experience something new, and he provides options for doing so. Will a shorter Camino suit you better? Maybe, and as far as the Pilgrim office is concerned, if you walk 100 km, you’ve walked a Camino. How much do you want to carry? Is a transport service appropriate for you? Where can you find medical care? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a tour company? All these questions and more are considered and for mature or disabled travelers all are relevant.
Of course there are hiking purists who insist that anything less than a full (800km/500mi) Camino is not a true pilgrimage and if you use a luggage service or tour agency you are cheating. They are wrong, as the author repeatedly assures us. (There are wilderness purists who insist a Camino is not a real hike because you regularly encounter towns along the way and can resupply easily. They are also wrong.). A Camino is a pilgrimage and an intensely personal experience. There are as many ways to do it as there are people attempting it, which is now in the hundreds of thousands a year. Older hikers and those with health issues have different considerations when planning than younger fit hikers. I used to be the latter. Now I’ve joined the former. So, while this is not a stand alone book (you will still need a town guide, map or good app, etc) it is a useful presentation of alternatives for non traditional hikers. I’m glad I found it. This book reassured me that even with the health problems I faced this year a Camino was possible. And on an emotional, spiritual, and even physical level, I was richly rewarded for doing it.
I heard from a friend about this book and saw that it had been revised and updated so I bought a copy to help with my Camino walk preparations. This book, while small, gives me the current guidance I need to plan my first walk on the Camino de Santiago. All of my initial questions about which Camino I should walk, where to start, what to expect and more are answered here. It is definitely geared to people who are a bit older and do no not wish to rough it and I really appreciated this. The author's comparison of services, routes, styles of walking have made this book my first choice.
Gives me the info I needed. My husband and I are retired and love to travel, but felt that the Camino de Santiago walk might be a bit too much for us. However, this book gives us detailed information in all travel areas from laundry to walk pacing. We feel that we could now easily take advantage of this great travel opportunity. See you on the Camino.
For me, this book gives the reader just what is needed for the basics in planning the first Camino walk. If used in conjunction with one of the more detailed guides, it gives everything you need. Camino Easy provides answers to some of those simple questions which are easy to worry about. After reading this, that worry will go away.
I have walked the first third of the French Way with a pack on my back. The author provides some great details on what to expect. Targeted mostly for those who are using a luggage transport service or group to move their bags.