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Seven Tips to Make the Most of the Camino de Santiago Paperback – August 7, 2010
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In 2005, Powell and her husband made the 500-mile trek across northern Spain, following a path trod by many thousands of pilgrims over more than a thousand years. Their destination was Santiago de Compostela where, according to legend, Saint James is buried.
For some on the path, it's a physical challenge; for others, it's truly a spiritual pilgrimage. For most, it's probably a combination of both.
In her book, Powell discusses the historical, the practical (what to take and what to leave), mental preparation (setting goals and managing expectations), physical preparation, trail etiquette and more.
The author notes in the introduction, "You will leave this book at home after reading it. It will probably be dog-eared and have notes written in the margins. That is its intended use...this is your workbook for getting to the Camino."
Powell's book was written to help people prepare to walk the Camino, but much of the content would be helpful to those aspiring to walk the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Rim Trail, or any other challenging trek.
The writing is clear, direct and well-organized. Each chapter concludes with a list of "takeaway" items. The author includes worksheets to help calculate costs, a shopping checklist, and an extensive list of books and Internet resources for further research.
Many people have been inspired to walk the Camino after reading Shirley MacLaine's book, The Camino: a Journey of the Spirit, or Paulo Coelho's book, The Pilgrimage. Millions more will be inspired by the new Martin Sheen movie, The Way, now playing in Europe. If you aspire to walk the Camino, this book should surely be part of your preparation.
I collect books about the Camino de Santiago. I have nothing against self-published books, but this one really offers nothing new. You could easily know just as much about the Camino by glancing at a few websites and Wikipedia articles. I found the author's tone annoying and many of her tips were extremely basic and obvious. With the wide selection of Camino resources out there, I wouldn't spend money on this book.
If you're looking for a comprehensive planning guide, I recommend Sylvia Nilsen's "Your Camino."
This book is a fun read as it gives you history, some packing trips, and trips on how to budget for the trip.
It does not give you maps, the latest requirements (Spain just changed the law to require high visibility vests on roads) nor details of where to stay or eat.
It is what the title says it is. Seven tips.
It sill is fun and provides good advice and some internet references where you can get more information.
Worth the price of the book.
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A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF HOW THIS PERSON MADE THE MOST OF THE EXPERIENCE OF THE CAMINOPublished 16 months ago by Dolores Castro
Read this book after watching the movie "The Way". Very good and informative.Published on August 22, 2014 by Christine
A much more informative book is To Walk Far, Carry Less, by Jean-Christie Ashmore, which really helps you to prepare with detailed specific information about what you need (and... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by BV Enthusiast
We are planning our trip to walk the Camino next year and this book is great to get prepared. My husband and I have both read it a couple times so far. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Gina
This book provided very little information that cannot be obtained from reading web forums. It was mostly filled with a bunch of anecdotes and little useful information. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by JRBSD
Thankyou to the people that compiled and put this book together, it covers all of the things that most of the other guides don't tell you, indispensable if you plan on walking the... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Pamela Harrod
This has great ideas for making early decisions before taking this trek. I plan to incorporate a lot of them !!Published on May 23, 2013 by NINA WHEELER
A helpful book for planning a Camino. Would recommend it to any one who is going a long the way.Published on May 11, 2013 by mustang bandit