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2014: A New Zealander reviewing Camino Downunder’s all-weather walking maps and…

Last week (December, 2014) I received an email from a Kiwi who with his wife, had just completed the pilgrimage walk from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in the second half of 2014, using Camino Downunder’s 30 all-weather walking maps. Alan Rowe gave me permission to quote his email in total, plus his very informative […]

Meeting Olentzero if you’re lucky on the Camino Francés in December…

Meeting Olentzero if you’re lucky on the Camino Francés in December…

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Blog, the Camino Francés | No Comments

We know that winter pilgrimage on the Camino Francés dramatically drops the number of pilgrim-walkers for obvious reasons. However, having an encounter and meeting Olentzero in the French and Spanish Basque areas of the pilgrimage routes can be a real highlight and joy. Note the first image on the right: Olentzero has all the colourfully […]

Walk in 12 minutes the 800 km of the Camino Francés

If you click on these three videos you will “walk” the whole of the Camino Francés in approximately 12 minutes. You will also be introduced to three famous songs and poems from Spain. 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dgijK2o4b8 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vlk7hIYOmM 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dgijK2o4b8 In the first map video between St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Burgos city after a brief […]

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the Camino de Santiago

When Australians and other pilgrims walk the Camino Francés and on their 10th or 11th day from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France) they will come across the first and only Spanish Civil War monument. It is located right in the middle of the Montes de Oca where the Camino track is located. If you have Camino Downunder’s 30 […]

Reviewing Jean-Christophe Rufin’s French text: Immortelle randonnée – Compostelle malgré moi (2013)

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in Blog, Book Reviews | No Comments

Jean-Christophe Rufin is well known and appreciated in France, Africa and Brasil but unknown in the English speaking world.  It is a pity. Camino Downunder is reviewing and critiquing his latest published text: Immortelle randonnée – Compostelle malgré moi – “Immortal trek – Compostela despite me“  (Always challenging to appropriately translate the title – too much […]

Doing the Camino de Santiago: doing it smarter rather than harder.

This Blog is an unapologetic reminder that formal education is always better than being an autodidact (a self-taught person). There is one thing for sure when Australian and New Zealand participants attend a Camino Downunder class and workshop, despite some having deeply researched these pilgrimage routes over many years on the internet and having invested […]

Nájera on the Camino de Santiago: a hidden jewel in La Rioja

On the Camino Francés between Logroño and Santo Domingo de la Calzada is a medium size town of about 8,500 inhabitants called Nájera.  The town is nearly 500 metres above sea-level and 26 km from Logroño and 21 km to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The name NAJÉRA has its etymology from an Arabic word […]

Book review: Ailsa Piper’s SINNING ACROSS SPAIN – A Walker’s Journey from Granada to Galicia

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Book Reviews | 5 Comments

OVERVIEW: Sinning across Spain recounts the story of an Australian (Ailsa Piper) living and working in Melbourne, commencing with her airline journey to Spain via Rome during Easter, a Vueling flight to Barcelona and then on to Granada.  This was the beginning of April, 2010 until she completes the 1,200 km pilgrimage walk from the […]

PREVIEW: The (new) Camino de Santiago (map) from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela

The post-pilgrimage map par excellence aimed for all pilgrims returning from their pilgrimage. Paper: High quality Kodak poly (plastic) non-tearable Copyright: Caminodownunder 2012 Size: 213.5 cm x 84 cm ISBN: 978-0-9872689-0-7

The Way: film by Emilio Estevez being released in Australia in April 2012

Emilio Estevez’s film THE WAY starring his father Martin Sheen had its world premiere in 2010.  It is being released in Australian cinemas in April and May, 2012.  To summarize in one sentence, the film recounts the story of an American father heading to a small French Basque town to recover the body of his […]