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A Survival Guide to the Camino de Santiago in Galicia
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A guidebook written by a Spanish pilgrim for pilgrims from abroad.
A guidebook written by a Spanish pilgrim for pilgrims from abroad.

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Smiles from the Camino to cope with today's grief in Barcelona and Spain

She's 69, she's a nun, she's Polish, she's ridden 4,000 Kms to Santiago, and she carried everything she needed in the little basket on her bike!

#caminodesantiago #barrerabooks

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This is (very) sad

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos) has just published a report alerting of the possible imminent collapse of the remaining castle tower.

#caminodesantiago #sarria #barrerabooks

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Read on the Web

''(...) while not all of my fellow pilgrims were spiritual, much less Catholic, everyone there seemed to be looking for something.''

(Photo of A Survival Guide admiring the sunrise at the Chapel of Santiaguiño on the Portuguese Camino)

#portuguesecamino #caminoportugues #caminodesantiago
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Book Review: I'm Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago, by Hape Kerkeling

What the Internet says:

More than three million copies sold and translated into eleven languages are no small feats for a Camino travelogue. Kerkeling's book is presented as the spiritual journey of an 'overweight, overworked, and disenchanted' celebrity German comedian who decides to find the meaning of life on the plains of Spain.

What A Survival Guide says:

Meant to be both profound and amusing, Kerkeling rarely achieves either. His sarcasm falls flat at the best of times, although this may be due to the translation; and his preconceived prejudices regarding other people and cultures can be frankly annoying. Likewise, the account is full of unnecessary inaccuracies that serve no other purpose but to adorn an otherwise fairly dull journey (ie. he describes feeling dizzy from the lack of oxygen at O Cebreiro, which is only 1,300 metres high). However, the book does capture some of the essence of the Camino, especially that of disgruntled foreign pilgrims who view the world and its complexity through their narrow lens.

#caminodesantiago #survivalguidecamino
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Thank you Very Particular Buyer!

Hope you had a Buen Camino

#caminodesantiago #portuguesecamino #caminoportugues #barrerabooks
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The Shikoku Way (exhibition in Santiago)

Also known as the Shikoku Henro, this ancient Japanese pilgrimage route visits 88 temples along its 1200 kilometres. The journey mirrors a symbolic path to enlightenment; with temples 1-23 symbolising the idea of awakening; temples 24-39, austerity and discipline; temples 40-65, the attainment of enlightenment; and temples 66-88, entering nirvana.

The downside is that there is no 'Compostela' at the end :-)

The exhibition ends September 29th and can be visited at the Museo das Peregrinacións in Santiago de Compostela.

#caminodesantiago #barrerabooks #santiagodecompostela

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It's a new record!

47,470 pilgrims requested their Compostela in July.

#caminodesantiago #barrerabooks

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Some things haven't changed that much in the last 500 years on the Camino.

We still carry staffs (now, walking poles), water gourds (now, water bottles) and boast scallop shells!

What has changed is that there are now more women on the Camino than men (and less bearded men!).

The image is a detail of a 15th century painting by Martin Bernat that is part of the Prado Museum's permanent collection in Madrid.

#caminodesantiago #pradomuseum #barrerabooks #survivalguidecamino
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HAPPY SANTIAGO DAY!

Today is the Feast of Santiago and everyone knows that Santiago never left home without his Survival Guide!

#caminodesantiago #caminoportugues #santiago #25julio #survivalcamino
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