Author: Kendra

Camino Frances Accommodations

Accommodations can be a touchy subject in Pilgrim World. Some say you’re not a real Pilgrim if you eschew albergues for hotels. Others bemoan the fact that more and more, people are phoning ahead to book beds at lodgings. And still others judge those who get up so early in the morning in order to get a head start (to ensure they get a bed), that they end up walking in the pre-dawn darkness. Of course, I have my own opinions! First one is: stay wherever you want. Pilgrims of old stayed where they could afford to stay –...

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Camino Frances Is (Not)

It’s interesting how we humans tend to have expectations about things we know nothing about or have misconceptions about things never experienced. I’m guilty of that myself and I had all sorts of expectations about the Camino Frances. Now that I’m back, reading people’s opinions about the Camino online has been…interesting….sometimes. What I noticed that some people like to compare the Camino Frances to totally irrelevant things which doesn’t help first-timers properly prepare for their journey. So I thought I would give my perspective on four popular misconceptions now that I have a Camino experience under my belt. NOT...

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Camino Frances Food (Feed Me!)

First things first: be prepared for the amount of food you will eat along the Camino Frances. I was shocked, yet rather gleeful, at the amount I managed to put away every single day. But sometimes I did force myself to stop eating out of sheer embarrassment from my gluttony. Also? Indulging in one of the seven cardinal sins probably isn’t a good idea when on a Pilgrimage… The quality of the main meal of the day (Pilgrim’s Menu, also known as dinner) would probably make Jamie Oliver cry and Gordon Ramsay tear Spain a new one. However, you...

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How to Pack for the Camino Frances

Packing for the Camino sometimes feels like it should be a Mensa test. Trying to compare other people’s lists and suggestions can be rather frustrating, especially as a first timer. I must have studied at least 10 different lists but the one thing I kept in mind was that my bag needed to be 10-15% of my body weight. For me, it was a good guideline on what I can comfortably (ish) carry on my back. And it pretty much worked. I did wish my bag was about 5lbs lighter but it wasn’t necessary. If you are interested in...

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Snack Time on the Camino

There will be things that you fall in love with on the Camino. For some people, it is a person. For others, it is the routine, a place, the food. One of the things I really enjoyed as often as I could, was a snack of Cola Cao (basically a hot chocolate) and tortilla (thick egg omelet with potato). I miss it so much, I wrote a little ditty in its memory. Ode to Cola Cao and Tortilla Hot days and days cold Rising mornings to late nights Feeling young or limping old Cola Cao with tortilla, please Walk...

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Who Am I?

My name is Kendra and I am a cubicle escape artist: I try to find ways to keep my job which is in a cubicle while also trying to escape it as often as possible.

When I travel, I’m generally that solo female you see wandering with a camera firmly clutched to her face as she traipses around while narrowly avoiding being hit by some form of local transportation.

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