Posts from the Camino

As of 2020, I’ve walked six caminos and volunteered twice along the route. Links to posts are below. Enjoy!

The First Camino: Camino Francés; May 11-June 17, 2012; St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago; Solo

This Camino was the cheapest one I’ve done. Over 37 days walking, I spent $1800–including airfare (airfare thanks to frequent flyer miles earned using travel hacking tips–taught to me by Chris Guillenbrau and Brad Barrett).

Before the Camino:

On the Camino:

Post-Camino:

Upon my return, I was told by Busted Halo that, up until that point, mine was the most popular short-term blog they’d ever had. And so it was that I wrote for an additional year for them about bring the lessons of the Camino into my life back in the U.S. Those can be found here.

The Second Camino: Camino Portugues; 2014; Porto to Santiago; Solo

I haven’t written about this one yet. . .

The Third Camino: Camino Francés; Sept-Nov, 2015; St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Finisterre; with Lois

After my first Camino, I told my friend Lois she would love doing it. She thought she was (at 70) beyond the point where she could do it. I said, “If you ever decide you want to do it, I’ll go with you.” Three years later, she said, “Let’s go, kid.” For over 40 days, I served as her travel agent, translator, moral support, and walking companion. (And yes, she walked all 500+ miles!)

The Fourth Camino: Via Podiensis; June-July, 2017; Le Puy-en-Velay to Figeac; Solo

First Hospitalera Experience: July, 2017; Convento San Antón 

I ended my 2017 walk early due to the extreme summer temperatures (which I was told are unusual). Then, I headed to San Antón in Castrojeriz, Spain, be a hospitalera (volunteer) at a hostel along the Camino Francés (about 40 km past Burgos; without hot water or electricity!).

The Fifth Camino: Via Podiensis; June, 2019; Aire-Sur-l’Adour to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port; Solo

No blog posts on this one yet . . .

Second Hospitalera Experience: July, 2019; Pilgrim Office in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

No blog posts on this one yet . . .

The Sixth Camino: Camino Francés; July, 2019; Cizur Mayor to Santo Domingo de la Calzada; with Dad

In 2019, I was so very lucky to have a week of walking with my father (from Cizur Mayor, just outside Pamplona, to Santo Domingo de la Calzada). But before I met him I walked another week along the Via Podiensis into St. Jean-Pied-de-Port where I was a volunteer for a week in the Pilgrim Office there. Some say volunteering on the Camino is even better than walking it. I can certainly understand that sentiment. But walking it with your dad? Priceless.

Pre-Camino with Dad

During the Camino with Dad

Post Camino

Other:

  • If you’ve made it this far, then you may be interested in the video I made of my Camino with Dad. Click here. 
  • Dan Mullins interviewed me on his podcast “My Camino: The Podcast.” We talk about my various Caminos, lessons learned, 29Gifts, etc. It was a delightful experience  To listen, click here.

Camino questions? I can be reached at rebecca.gallo (at) gmail.com

(I prefer to answer questions by phone, so please send your number, Skype, WhatsApp, etc.).

9 thoughts on “Posts from the Camino

  1. Rebecca I live near Greenville SC. Would love to talk to you as my journey to the Camino has started. Leaving May 8th. Flying into Bilbao.

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