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Updated 2015 edition now available on Kindle - updates include: Packing, Camino Statistics, Camino Websites and Getting to the Camino This guide to preparation for the Camino contains the following sections: Planning and Preparation: advice on when to walk, which part to walk, what to bring (clothes, equipment, etc.), what not to bring (very important), travelling to sta Updated 2015 edition now available on Kindle - updates include: Packing, Camino Statistics, Camino Websites and Getting to the Camino This guide to preparation for the Camino contains the following sections: Planning and Preparation: advice on when to walk, which part to walk, what to bring (clothes, equipment, etc.), what not to bring (very important), travelling to starting points, internet resources and budgeting. On the Camino: advice and information about what to expect on the Camino. Terrain, waymarkings, accommodation, food and drink, money matters, keeping in touch (telephone, internet, etc.), health – with advice on staying healthy and accessing the Spanish health service, Camino administration, etiquette and safety – staying safe and planning for any eventuality. The Caminos: information about the other Caminos, a list of books about the Caminos and pilgrim statistics, with the most popular starting points, nationalities, routes and busiest months. History: the History section aims to give you an understanding of the historical background to the Camino and the role it played in the foundation of modern Spain and Europe. It contains a history of Spain, and a history of the Camino from its beginnings to its revival, in the late 20th century. There’s also an account of life on the Camino in the middle-ages, the people who walked then, and the hardships and hazards they faced. Society, Culture & Environment: a brief outline of the fascinating mosaic that is modern Spain, its politics, cultures and peoples. The natural environment of northern Spain and the impact of the Camino on it. A description of the architectural styles and periods you’ll see along the Camino. Communicating: advice on making yourself understood and understanding others, with a Menu Guide and the most useful Spanish words and phrases for Camino life, plus a few phrases in Basque and Galician. Glossary: a concise reference for many Camino-related persons and things. This new edition, published in September 2013, has been extensively changed, updated and expanded based on feedback and criticisms received from readers over the past two years, and the author's experiences of walking various Caminos during that time. Most of the changes and additions are in the areas: - Packing, what to bring: with the different packing options listed in detail, and the pros and cons of different items explained. - A typical Camino day is described, from waking at the crack of dawn, to bedding down at nightfall. - There's detailed information about how Pilgrim Hostels work, and what it's like to stay in one. - Health: blisters, bedbugs, heatstroke, and other Camino hazards, are described with advice on avoiding them and dealing with them. Thanks to everybody for their feedback and their help with this new edition. ¡Buen Camino!


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Updated 2015 edition now available on Kindle - updates include: Packing, Camino Statistics, Camino Websites and Getting to the Camino This guide to preparation for the Camino contains the following sections: Planning and Preparation: advice on when to walk, which part to walk, what to bring (clothes, equipment, etc.), what not to bring (very important), travelling to sta Updated 2015 edition now available on Kindle - updates include: Packing, Camino Statistics, Camino Websites and Getting to the Camino This guide to preparation for the Camino contains the following sections: Planning and Preparation: advice on when to walk, which part to walk, what to bring (clothes, equipment, etc.), what not to bring (very important), travelling to starting points, internet resources and budgeting. On the Camino: advice and information about what to expect on the Camino. Terrain, waymarkings, accommodation, food and drink, money matters, keeping in touch (telephone, internet, etc.), health – with advice on staying healthy and accessing the Spanish health service, Camino administration, etiquette and safety – staying safe and planning for any eventuality. The Caminos: information about the other Caminos, a list of books about the Caminos and pilgrim statistics, with the most popular starting points, nationalities, routes and busiest months. History: the History section aims to give you an understanding of the historical background to the Camino and the role it played in the foundation of modern Spain and Europe. It contains a history of Spain, and a history of the Camino from its beginnings to its revival, in the late 20th century. There’s also an account of life on the Camino in the middle-ages, the people who walked then, and the hardships and hazards they faced. Society, Culture & Environment: a brief outline of the fascinating mosaic that is modern Spain, its politics, cultures and peoples. The natural environment of northern Spain and the impact of the Camino on it. A description of the architectural styles and periods you’ll see along the Camino. Communicating: advice on making yourself understood and understanding others, with a Menu Guide and the most useful Spanish words and phrases for Camino life, plus a few phrases in Basque and Galician. Glossary: a concise reference for many Camino-related persons and things. This new edition, published in September 2013, has been extensively changed, updated and expanded based on feedback and criticisms received from readers over the past two years, and the author's experiences of walking various Caminos during that time. Most of the changes and additions are in the areas: - Packing, what to bring: with the different packing options listed in detail, and the pros and cons of different items explained. - A typical Camino day is described, from waking at the crack of dawn, to bedding down at nightfall. - There's detailed information about how Pilgrim Hostels work, and what it's like to stay in one. - Health: blisters, bedbugs, heatstroke, and other Camino hazards, are described with advice on avoiding them and dealing with them. Thanks to everybody for their feedback and their help with this new edition. ¡Buen Camino!

30 review for Camino de Santiago - Practical Preparation and Background (CaminoGuide.net eBooks)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    A very practical go to manual which I might find useful when I take this pilgrimage in the future. I got a little bogged down with the extensive history of Spain which I thought unnecessary.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    If everything goes according to plan (and it almost never does in my life) I'm going to retire from my current job in May of 2021 and Melissa and I are going to get on a plane, fly to Europe, and walk the Camino de Santiago while we figure out what to do with the rest of our lives. Under the theory that it never hurts to start planning early, I've begun reading books about it. This one is a good practice guide to getting ready. Wish me luck. :) If everything goes according to plan (and it almost never does in my life) I'm going to retire from my current job in May of 2021 and Melissa and I are going to get on a plane, fly to Europe, and walk the Camino de Santiago while we figure out what to do with the rest of our lives. Under the theory that it never hurts to start planning early, I've begun reading books about it. This one is a good practice guide to getting ready. Wish me luck. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Ross

    While this was full of good advice and practical knowledge and really got me in the mood for our Camino walk later this year, it also suffers from the self-publishing ills of bad grammar, repetitive sections, questionable organization...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carlos B schulz

    Útil e interesante Un libro que ofrece información de utilidad para un futuro peregrino, también resulta ser interesante y bien documentado. Sin duda es bueno haberlo leído antes de iniciar esta aventura.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The book is just what it says - a Practical Preparation. It paints a good picture of what the Camino might feel like to a current pilgrim. Almost paints a too-easy picture, to be honest... but the author has completed the pilgrimage several times and reading it felt like speaking face to face with a friend or acquaintance who has gone. If I ever do the pilgrimage, I know I will continuously refer to this book beforehand.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Valuable resource If you're at all interested in hiking El Camino this book should be part of your preparation. It is full of practical advice and helpful information. It's also a great read if you're just a dreamer like me. :-) Valuable resource If you're at all interested in hiking El Camino this book should be part of your preparation. It is full of practical advice and helpful information. It's also a great read if you're just a dreamer like me. :-)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim Minor

    The book was a good overview with many practical tips. It gives the reader a general overview of what walking the Camino would be like. It definitely peeked my interest to read further and possibly make a Camino someday.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Great overview Lots of good practical information about walking el Camino. The history of Spain was informative but a bit more in depth than I needed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beatrix Elting

    Liked it a lot - very informative - great preparation for the hike.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marijke

    Very interesting on practical, social, linguistic and historical aspects of the Camino.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Excellent resources about the Camino de Santiago and what to pack and to expect!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martin Aspinall

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lara Weberling

  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Webb

  16. 5 out of 5

    MaryAnn

  17. 4 out of 5

    gary ellison

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Ed Trudeau

  21. 4 out of 5

    MICHELLE SCOTT

  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Charles Crowley

  24. 5 out of 5

    christine nigida

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Wood

  26. 4 out of 5

    MaryLynn Jamison

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Kin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Skitime205

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Robinson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debi

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