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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147760068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477600689
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must have if you are thinking about walking the Camino.
Clem E
As one of those people who research everything before going there or making a purchase, this book is indispensible to Camino pilgrims.
Michelle Baumgarten
A very good guide book, it gives a lot of information and details about packing, clothing to use, locations and guest houses.
Mario

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Baumgarten on June 27, 2013
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As one of those people who research everything before going there or making a purchase, this book is indispensible to Camino pilgrims. This guide is a not a step-by-step what-to-expect guide like the Brierley book (also indispensible, but for the step-by-step feature), but gives clear, practical advice on what to bring, weather, Camino etiquette, statistics, etc. The section on Camino and Spanish history is particularly fascinating because knowing how it evolved gives a better understanding on why it is there and how to make the experience the best for you. As someone whose Spanish is limited to what I've heard on TV - hola, adios, hast luego - this book also gives practical phrases in Spanish and Basque, as well as menu tips on different parts of the Camino.

I encourage everyone planning on walking "The Way" to read this book before you go!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gina Allan-Evans on October 14, 2013
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I walked Camino early this year with my husband and found the information in this book easy to help with getting there and after the walk. It helped with budget and ideas of clothes and weight. Most of all I found out that at 70 years of age I did not need to carry a heavy pack.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Orinoco on March 12, 2012
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A very thorough guide for first timers preparing to go on the Camino. The text is enlivened here & there with samples of the author's wit. I liked it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Schuster on January 6, 2013
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I chose this rating because it is a understandable guide to Spain.
I liked the information I received if and when I becom a Pilgrim.
Yes I wold recommend this book because if you don't read it you will be lost on the "Walk".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pat hatch on December 9, 2013
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Very helpful and as it says practical information for preparing for the pilgrimage. Gives information on various starting points, how to find services and some guidance on the Camino culture. Also gives historical context. I will be taking this along with John Brierley's guide on my journey.
I have read multiple individual accounts and guides. I should have started with this one. It helped tremendously in pulling together my priorities for this trip
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Kramer on November 17, 2013
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Hope I have the exact quote - easier to find in a print edition even though I did highlight it. This is an example of the author's wit mentioned by another reviewer. His description of some meals, such as over-boiled pasta smothered in jar sauce, elicited that remark.

Yes, there are some typos but he asks for people to let him know as corrections can be easily made in self-published books. That said, the wealth of information is outstanding. He doesn't just recommend something, he explains why. So many links and info on how to get to the starting point, as well as other towns. Descriptions of how the walk would have been for early pilgrims, historical information, and pages of Spanish words and phrases to ease the language barrier barely scratch the surface of what you get. With 146 or so pages at less than six bucks for print or less than five for digital, I can't see how any prospective pilgrim wouldn't benefit tremendously. Fantastic value and a must-have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty J. Fentz on June 27, 2013
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I loved the movie and it moved me to do the walk. I am getting prepared for a walk in a year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Wells on February 22, 2013
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I will be walking the camino and find this book has allot of the information I have been looking for
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