As of 2022, I’ve walked nine caminos and volunteered four times along the route. And as of November, 2022, I live on the Camino del Norte. Links to posts are below. Enjoy!
Camino 1: 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:
- The Camino – How I first heard about the Camino and the tale of buying my pack (two years before I left!)
- 10,000 steps – Starting to practice for the Camino
- Another Serendipity Story – How I got the last of the Frequent Flyer miles I needed for my flight to Spain
- On Walking – Preparing for the Camino
- A Test Run – How A Trip to Italy prepared me for the Camino
- This Pilgrim’s Path – Why I was doing the Camino
- Packing List: Sunscreen, Hiking Shoes, Rocks?
- And She’s Off….Again – Getting there
On the Camino:
- Best Yet – First Days
- Everyone Walks Their Own Camino
- “God: Is this the Right Way?” – On following your intuition
- Unloading My Fears, Lightening My Pack
- Sights and Sounds
- My Day-by-Day Spiritual Journey – an update
- A Down Day
- Learning to Walk – on learning to use hiking poles
- Camino: By the Numbers
- Lessons Learned along the Camino
- The Hidden Benefit of a Late Start
- The Way: The Movie vs. the Pilgrimage
- Being on an Ancient Pilgrimage in a Digital Age – on blogging from the Camino
- A Birth, A Death, and A Christening – Arrival in Santiago
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.
Camino 2: Camino Portugues; 2014; Porto to Santiago; Solo
Camino 3: 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!)
- Paying It Forward
- Judgement Days–Or Lack Thereof — On trying to let go of judging others
- Lightening the Load — On trying to let go of how others might judge me
- The Interview — on being interviewed for a Basque television program on the Camino.
Camino 4: Via Podiensis; June-July, 2017; Le Puy-en-Velay to Figeac; Solo
- Le Puy-en-Velay — my first day in the wonderful city
- Sightseeing in Le Puy-en-Velay — Why I spent two nights in Le Puy-en-Velay
- How Not to Lose Weight on the Via Podiensis — Oh, French food!
- Leaving Le Puy-en-Velay — The traditions of beginning a Camino in Le Puy
- The Difficulties of Day 3 (x3) — Some things never change . . .
- A Girl’s Best Friend — about my canine companion
- Camino Camaraderie — As they say, “The Camino Provides”
- Pay Me Later. Much Later. — Hospitality is a little different along this route.
- Conques and the “Furtive Transfer” — truth is often better than fiction
Hospitalera 1: 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!).
Camino 5: Via Podiensis; June, 2019; Aire-Sur-l’Adour to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port; Solo
Hospitalera 2: July, 2019; Pilgrim Office in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
Camino 6: 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
- Camino Vignettes
- A Night on the Camino with Dad
- The Camino: In Luxury
- Camino Magic
- The Cherry Farmer
Hospitalera 3: September, 2021; Albergue de Grado (Camino Primitivo)
- The Intersection of Dairy Queen and the Camino de Santiago
- Limitless Generosity, Part 1
- Limitless Generosity, Part 2
- An Evening in the Life of a Hospitalera
Camino 7: Camino Francés; September, 2021; Sarria to Santiago; with Dad
Camino 8: Camino Portugues; May, 2022: Tui to Santiago de Compostela; with my husband Michael (his first!).
Hospitalera 4: July, 2022; Pilgrim Office in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
Camino 9: Camino Francés; July, 2022; St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona; With Dad
- 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.
- I, obviously, fell in love with the Camino. But didn’t think I fell in love with Spain until . . .
Camino questions? I am happy to speak with you by phone. Send me an email at rebecca.gallo (at) gmail dot com and I’ll send you my number.
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Rebecca I have such joy knowing you did the Camino! thank you so much for sharing it with us. I looked forward daily to see your posts and pics during your journey.
Thank you for coming on the journey with me, Dee. And thanks for sharing my posts with others who might be interested in doing it:)
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.