When walking the Camino you’ll find people from all over the world, and often English is used as the common tongue. However, as we saw in a previous post on the official statistics from the Cathedral in 2014, still 48% of pilgrims are Spanish. Along with dealing with shopkeepers, taxis and greeting friendly locals, it’s well worth learning Spanish before you go!
Santiago de Compostela Blog
Don’t be surprised if after completing a Camino you have the urge to go back for a second some time later! As you accept the calling to make another pilgrimage the question becomes: Do I take the same route again? Or do I choose a less well trodden route?
South Korea is over 10,000km from Spain, but yet last year almost 4,000 Koreans walked the Camino de Santiago, making them the 9th largest nationality between the British and the Dutch. It is not something you would expect from a country with no historical connection – so why is it that so many South Koreans feel called to make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela? We answer this and discover how the Camino de Santiago has changed tourism within Korea itself!
Last year I followed the Camino Portugués from Porto (Oporto) to Santiago de Compostela, keeping detailed logs of my steps during the days. Using the Fitbit Flex that I talked about in a previous post here, we can see the typical walking pattern during a pilgrims day: when they wake, take breaks, socialise in the evenings and go to sleep.
Most people never walk as much in their daily lives as they do when making the Camino. It’s a fascinating exercise to use wearable fitness to track your daily step count before, during and after your journey. Does your pilgrimage inspire you to become a more active person on your return? Just how far do you walk around town after reaching the albergue? How does the quality of your sleep compare when you are physically exhausted to your day-to-day life?
Have you ever wondered what happens to all the data they collect in the Pilgrim’s accreditation office? Once aggregated, it gets published by the Cathedral, and then websites like us can bring you the most interesting results!