A WALK OF LIFE, THE CAMINO FRANC

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					AMIGOS
CONFRATERNITY OF ST JAMES OF SOUTH AFRICA

Newsletter 15, October 2007

End of the Year Function
Cape Town
Please join us for lunch and end of year celebration on:

Hola Pereginos e Peregrinas The rain in Spain fell everywhere this year and many pilgrims found it a wet experience. As autumn turns to winter and brings snow, so here in South Africa we have summer approaching fast. Our calendar year draws to an end and as we reflect on our year we can ask ourselves how was our walk on the big Camino of life. What lessons have we learned? Were we kind to those whom we met on our way? What crossed our path as we walked our daily road? What did we receive from these crossings? The Camino de Santiago is a metaphor for the greater path of life. How does your walking the Camino in Spain reflect your walk in your real life? This edition of Amigos is a chatty edition with quite a few accounts from pilgrims. Many of us like to read about other pilgrim experiences and those who have yet to walk find it insightful. Most pilgrims have returned from the Camino, having walked from May through September. Thank you to those who reported on their adventures as well as for the costs and other statistics. These are useful for new pilgrims or those who will revisit the Camino next year. We have the third in a series on the attributes of the pilgrim from Heinrich Brumfield, this one being on the Pilgrim‘s Knife. In July those of us in Cape Town met for the St James Day celebration at St James Church, Kalk Bay. After a mini Camino in a soft drizzle, we had a service in the church. Afterwards we shared lunch in the church hall. It was a wonderful meeting of old and new and would-be pilgrims. In KZN pilgrims also met and walked a mini Camino. See Sylvia‘s insert in ―Snippets‖. The end of the year function is being held at Andree Lombard‘s home. See directions in column alongside. Buen Camino!

atAndree Lombard’s home,

18 November 2007

57 Milnerton Drive, from 12h00 onwards
telephone: 021 552 2525 or 082

449 4955

Lunch – bring a plate of food to
share. Bring your own cutlery, plate, glass and drinks.
DIRECTIONS: From the N1 – take the Milnerton / Koeberg Road off-ramp and north on the Koeberg Road. After a couple of kilometres, at a set of traffic lights on the right is Trade Centre and on the left the Milnerton Medi-Clinic, turn left into Racecourse Road. At the next set of traffic lights turn right into Grand National Boulevard (back of Paddocks shopping centre). At the first traffic island take the first turn left into Bridle way. At the stop street the road becomes Milnerton Drive. I am no 57 on the left hand side after the 3-way stop. My house is down a pan-handle so please park in the road. I will need a few extra folding chairs and if some one has a big umbrella and stand it would be great. I don‘t think I need any help before but maybe some help afterwards to tidy up. Andree Lombard

Christina
Christina Coates
PO Box 669, Constantia, 7848 sappho33@vodamail.co.za

CSJofSA info:
email: confrsjofsa@iafrica.com phone/fax: 021-7053697 website: www.geocities.com/csjofsa

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Doing the Camino
by Sylvia Nilsen

There are different ways of doing the Camino:
Walk the whole route, carrying a backpack, staying in pilgrim refuges along the way. This is considered, by some, as the most ‗authentic‘ way to walk el Camino because it is the way it was done before the invention of the bicycle or motor vehicles. Most interaction between pilgrims occurs in the refuges with communal meals, sharing of food, advice or inspiration. Refuges can accommodate anything from only 10 pilgrims to over 200. Some are modern and quite up-market whilst others may be very basic eg: mattresses on the floor of a church bell tower. Walk the route, carrying a backpack, staying in small hostels/pensions etc along the way. Many pilgrims stay in some refuges and some hotels – it is up to the individual where they stay. You may only stay in a pilgrim refuge for one night. If you want to spend more than one day in a town or city, you will have to move into a hotel. Walk the route with motorized assistance eg: a taxi will take your luggage from one overnight stop to the next and you only carry a daypack. NB: Many pilgrim refuges will not accept you if you have motorized assistance. The only drawback with this way is having to reserve beds ahead of time with no lee-way to walk further or stop earlier on any given day. Walk parts of the route, taking busses, taxis or trains to your next starting point. If you are short of time and want to walk the most scenic parts of the Camino, this is the way to do it. Walk parts of the way in a group with motorized assistance, staying in hotels along the way. There are some excellent guides and organizations that will take you across the Camino in a limited time. 10 day tours – 14 day tours are common.

The Credential and refuges:
1. You can only stay in the refuges if you have a stamped, supporting Credential (pilgrim‘s passport) obtainable at most refuges, some churches, tourist offices of Confraternities in different countries. 2. You can only stay in the refuges if you are a walking, cycling or equestrian pilgrim. 3. You can reserve beds in private refuges, but not in municipal or church refuges or those sponsored by private organizations.

The Compostela:
You will only be awarded the certificate of completion, based on a 14 C document, in Latin, if you have walked the last 100km, travelled on horseback for the last 100km or cycled the last 200km.
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Some news from the camino:
The Xacobean Cultural Association "Step by step" will soon finish the re-measuring and re-signing of the Camino Frances. The exact kilometres from Saint Jean Pied de Port and Santiago de Compostela, and those between one albergue and the next albergue will be made much clearer. In this labour the participation of our hospitalero friends Acacio and Orietta Paz has been extraordinary. Congratulations to the entire team.

Camino Workshop for New Pilgrims
The next Camino Workshop with Elmara and Andree will take place on March 8, 2008, at 44 Beach Boulevard, Table View. 10am – 4pm. Contact elmara@telkomsa.net or 021 5541786

an excellent article on feet: http://www.podiatrytoday.com/article/291

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An extract from a Christina’s Camino Diary, September 2006. Najera on the way to Santa Domingo:
We are now in Najera where all Spanish madness is breaking out in a festival. It was hysterical when we arrived. I wished I had a video cam. We dragged our butts in after a long haul and arrived early to find a line outside the refugio. So we waited. Suddenly huge explosions from fireworks in the field next door banged over our heads. The church bells clanged – this all went on for an hour or so. Men with trombones and bugles marched out of a side street, dogs barked and howled and all we could do was sit on the bench outside the refugio in case we lost our place! We won‘t sleep much tonight as there is a huge band stand with enormous speakers set up in the church plaza. Everyone‘s in town. Then the bugler and the trombone man were suddenly joined by a band, men with banners and gaily dressed people. They marched towards the bridge. Suddenly a group of three toreadors joined and they marched, the band banging on drums to across the river. We finished our drinks and then, after checking into the refugio, we made our way in their direction. Down a side street and up another, where the music was increasing. We passed a funfair and stalls selling cheapo stuff from the east. But cheapo is cheapo and we were not tempted, not even by large fluffy toys at only 1€. Further on a man with balloons was another story. He had balloon horses, sharks and even a Dalmatian! I really wanted a Dalmatian – just think how cute a spotty dog flying above my backpack would be as I walked thro the fields. But no it was not to be. Around the next corner we saw the bull ring. Loud trumpets and toreador music announced the next round. Then up ahead we saw it. A large black bull hanging up by one foot by a crane. It was the first casualty of the fiesta and had been lifted up and out over the walls. Four beautiful horses with fancy harnesses waited for their turn right next it the bull. I couldn‘t cope with it – we both felt the macho-ness of this nation and retreated back across the river to the plaza. At the church square all the folks were gathering for the music of the band on the stage. People were dressed to the nines and carrying bouquets of flowers. The drinks came out, the church bells clanged again and the crowds poured into the tiny plaza. We needed supper so we retreated to a bar which was one of the only place open for a meal. Everywhere else they shrugged and said, ¨Fiesta.¨ We fell into bed but as we expected it was going to be a long night. The band and the marching and the bells. At two or three some kids tried to throw crackers into the refugio windows, so they had to be closed. Ear plugs are THE most important thing on this Camino. But that doesn‘t count for the 3 Japanese men who snore so loudly – even through ear plugs! Ron calls them Torra, Torra, Torra, and says they approach their attack from the direction of the sun. I call them ¨Snorker, Snorker and Snorker¨ although I agree with him ... they do come from the east. They descend on us the next morning along the path with loud chatter and scream with laughter at the menus that evening at dinner.

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The “Voyageur” Pilgrim’s knife

The Background: The ―Voyageur‖ pocket knife is a replica of a knife which was sold to the pilgrims along the way to Santiago de Compostela early in the nineteenth century. Currently the knives are made by the well known French company ―Laguiole‖ as well as by several craftsmen from the Aubrac region in France, through which the Camino, known as the ―Via Podiensis‖, runs from Le Puy-en-Velay through Conques, Moissac, Cahors Aire, Navarrenx and finally where it joins the Via Turonensis (from Paris) and the Via Lemovicensis (from Vezelay). It is sometimes described as a ―country knife‖ and is made in the tradition of the Thiers craftsmen of yesteryear with know-how that dates back to the Crusades. The Blade: the blade is normally 8cm long and forged from steel. The figure of the ―Traveller‖ or ―Pilgrim‖ is stamped into the left side. The long cloak, typically worn by pilgrims, can clearly be identified, as well as the staff, broad rimmed hat and satchel. The Spring: on the forged spring, the pilgrimage ―Ultreïa‖ symbol (meaning ―always further‖ or ―onwards‖) can be seen. Over the centuries this symbol has been used frequently to decorate books and manuscripts. It can be seen, for example, on folio 163 of the ―Historia Turpini‖, the introduction page of the Fourth Book of the Codex Calixtinus (or Liber Sancti Jacobi). The Codex th Calixtinus is a 12 century manuscript which contain, amongst other things, the Guide for the Pilgrim to Santiago by Aimery Picaud. This important document has been stored in the archives of the cathedral of Santiago for centuries. The Bolster: - the bolsters have forged, stylized shells which has its origin as sculpted details in the nave of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Handles: normally made of Snake Wood, Amboine, Thuya Wood or horn. Often the handles are decorated further with a stylized ―Shepherd cross‖, made with small brass ―dots‖. From historic records it is known that pilgrims used to fold the knife open, placed it into the ground next to them when they went to sleep and said a prayer, asking St. James to keep them safe from wolves and thieves on their journey to Santiago. The Sheath: made from leather and worn vertically or horizontally on the belt.

http://www.laguiole-en-aubrac.fr/anglais/nouveautes_pliants.html
These knives are manufactured in the Aubrac region, which is situated along the "Via Podiensis" route from Le Puy-en-Velay, in France. They have a new range of knives with scallop shell bolsters.
For further information, contact: Heinrich Brumfield at 076 2882 447 or hbrumfield@iziko.org.za

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NEW BOOKS OF THE CAMINO
 New book by South African writer: Alex Smith‘s first novel, Algeria’s Way, has hit the bookshelves. According to the publisher, the book ―tells the story of a troubled soul who finds unconventional peace while on the famous El Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in Spain‖. http://magazine.book.co.za/2007/08/01/book-excerpt-algerias-way-by-alexsmith/

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Walking the Camino by Tony Kevin
In May 2006, armed only with a small rucksack and a staff, Tony Kevin, an overweight, sedentary, 63-year-old former diplomat, set off on an eight-week trek across Spain. But this was not just a very long walk — it was a pilgrimage. From Granada, in the southeast, to Santiago de Compostela, in the far northwest, Tony followed the Via Mozarabe and the Via de la Plata, two of the many pilgrim trails that crisscross Spain and Portugal and that all lead to a single destination. http://www.scribepublications.com.au/book/walkingthecamino

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For those who don't mind a little coarse language there is a new Australian Camino book: The Year we seized the Day by Elizabeth Best and Colin Bowles; published 2007: ISBN 978 1 74175 068 3. http://www.theyearweseizedtheday.net

SNIPPETS: 
I am doing the Camino on Google Earth and it's amazing. I punched in Pamplona and it zoomed down to Spain and to the city. Then I veered north a little and began. I walked all the way to Astorga yesterday before I went off to work. Now today I will start at Astorga. One can zoom in and see the path and then zoom in even closer. There are photos of the details of the place. Thank you everyone who shared the St James' Feast Day with us. We had delicious tapas, good wine, a wonderful strawberry flan and excellent company! Thank you for bringing a donation for the Oakford Priory orphans these are much appreciated. The 'new' pilgrims led us on a short 'Camino' around the block (my spy told me that some leaders were chatting and would have missed the yellow arrows if she hadn't pointed them out!) Whilst walking your Camino, remember to be vigilant on the Camino, look out for the flechas amarilla along the way, especially at intersections or crossroads. From Sylvia. Nice article on SA couple walking the Via De La Plata: http://www.news24.com/Regional_Papers/Components/Category_Article_Text_Templa te/0,2430,303-716-717_2153957~E,00.html

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PRECIOUS MEMORIES OF THE CAMINO by Sylvia Nilsen
We met a delightful Irish girl on the Camino who, for various physical reasons, could not carry a heavy pack and who chose not to sleep in the albergues. She started at St Jean Pied de Port and walked to Santiago staying at small hostels or pensions having her luggage transported from place to place by taxi. Some people seem to disapprove of this kind of pilgrimage but I am of the opinion that where you sleep or what you carry has no bearing whatsoever on your spiritual status as a pilgrim. She walked the same paths, through the same villages and towns, attending mass in the same churches, visiting the same cathedrals and monuments. She walked the Camino and has a Compostela to prove it. The Camino has many levels – something for everybody. It is a physical journey and a spiritual journey. It offers religion and science, art and architecture, history and legend, fauna and flora, music, literature and much more. For me its richest blessings are the pilgrims who walk it and the people who care for them. I do feel that staying only in hotels deprives one of experiencing the wonderful camaraderie and social interaction pilgrims have with hospitaleros and other pilgrims which you only find in the pilgrim refuges. However, not all refuges are spiritual Shangri-La. Some are glorified youth hostels or boot camps – therefore, I always suggest that wanna-be pilgrims stay in a mix of hotels and some of the more traditional refuges. Sure, you can chat to fellow pilgrims on the road and at café bars but it is usually at the end of the day when most pilgrims are relaxing that you meet and befriend so many different people and have the most amazing encounters. After arriving at a refuge most pilgrims attend to their daily chores of washing clothes, finding food and preparing for the next day. This is never done in isolation, but by waiting your turn at the washtub, chatting with the people around you or sharing your food. Everyone shares, not only food and wine but information, medication, blister products. You break bread every day. Friendships are formed. Distrust among pilgrims disappears. One keeps meeting the same pilgrims in different refuges and if separated for a few days, familiar faces are greeted like long-lost relatives. The scenes around a modern albergue can‘t be too different from a medieval hospice. Pilgrims relaxing together in a meadow sharing food and wine, tending to each other‘s feet or massaging aching shoulders. An ethic develops where those pilgrims who need to be alone are left alone and those who need a shoulder are treated with empathy and compassion. Pilgrims develop an open mind and a culture of acceptance, compassion and caring rarely seen amongst strangers. And, many hospitaleros display these same attributes. In Villamayor de Monjardin the hospitalero took one look at my raw heels and insisted on treating them from her first aid box. In Granon, we had to sing for our supper and had a special blessing before bedtime. In Tosantos, after dinner we climbed into the attic to find a delightful makeshift chapel where we were asked to take a piece of paper out of a box containing the requests for prayers written by other pilgrims. Mine was written by a woman who asked that we pray for her son who had been diagnosed with a kidney disease. In Los Arcos we could take a prayer from a box (written by children) to present at the altar of St James in Santiago. In Bercianos we all had to watch the sun setting over a hill before we were allowed back in to the refuge for our communal meal. At Arroyo San Bol, a young Italian Rastafarian chef cooked us the most amazing meal. At Villafranca del Bierzo, Jesus Jato performed his healing Reiki on pilgrims who were in pain and at Manjarin, a young man with a Mohawk hairstyle and studs in his face cooked us lunch and dinner in between gently caring for a mother cat and her kittens. These are the jewels of the Camino and my most precious memories are not of a soaring cathedral or of stunning stained glass but of the kindness of strangers, the astounding generosity of the Spanish people and the many humble refuges that brought us all together.

Creative Solutions!
From Bernard I believe the overnight crowding on the Camino is such that one Refugio/Albergue has resorted to this remedy situation. p.s. not verified nor validated of course!

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FOUNTAINS ON THE CAMINO
DRINKING WITH SAFETY     Always respect the signposts on the fountains. Do not drink water from fountains without signposts, nor those that do not clearly signpost a health guarantee. If you do not find a convenient fountain with drinkable water, buy bottled water in any of the numerous establishments along the roads. Always take the necessary bottled water that you think you will need in your rucksack. The physical effort will require it.

A guide to current costs on the Camino

A few café-bar-cum-restaurants have 3 different prices on their menu. It is cheapest to eat at the bar. You can pay €1 – €1.50 extra to eat at an inside table and a further €1 - €1.50 to eat at a table on the terrace outside. Pan (bread) is often free but some places will put it on the table and then charge you for it. Most Menu del Peregrinos include a first and second course, a desert, bread, water and wine. Some Menu del Dia will offer more variety on the courses. If you don’t want garlic soup, chicken and fries, or a thin slice of beef steak and fries or a pork shop and fries, it will be cheaper to eat from the al la carte menu than have the Menu del Peregrinos.

Water – €1 – 1.50 Coke – €2 Vending machine cans – 90c to €1 Vending machine bottle – €1.20 - €1.50 White wine small glass – €1.50 euro Red wine small glass – €1.20 Large glass €2 Estrella beer (small) – €2 Amstel beer (large) – €3 Coffee – €1.10 to 1.40 Tortilla – €1.50 to 2 Patatas fritas – €3 Ensalada mixta – €6 – 9

Toasted sandwich – €5 Bocadillo – € 4 (50c with each extra filling) Menu del Peregrino or Menu del Dia €7 – 10 Pasta – most fron €6 Platas Combinados – fish or steak or chicken or pork – from €9 Hamburger – a meat patty on a roll (no extras) from €2.50 to €6 Pan – 80c to €1 Magnum ice cream – €2 Other ice-cream cups €3.50 – €4

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OUR EXPERIENCES ON THE CAMINO
Report from Alastair and Anne Mackay The past six months have been busy, Camino wise, due to my sister-in-law, Gina Morris, walking her SIXTH Camino! Ever since Sept. 2003, Gina was restless with a sense of "mission failed". For those who didn't know about that episode I briefly recount it: She caught the train, as usual, at Bayonne, for St. Jean, on Mon. 08th, meeting an American yoga teacher, called James, and an Irishman, John James, on her way to the gites at Hunnto. The three set off next morning, up Le Route Napoleon, unbelievably, in a thunderstorm and gale!! Hail and sleet added to their woes, and Gina thought that at one point she would lie down and die. They all made it to Roncesvalles, more dead than alive, but Gina found she'd crocked both knees and after a rest at Burguete, and a week at Bayonne, flew back to U.K. per Ryanair for a penny! This time she decided to take it slowly, and walk in short stages. She also wanted to detour at Logrono to Zaragoza, per bus, and walk the Ruta Ebro to visit a town dating from 500B.C. and the best site for dinosaur remains in Europe. She started at Lourdes on 9th May, after spending a couple of days there, and walked for about a week along the Pyrenees foothills to St Jean. Through Asson, Bruges, Oloron St. Marie, Gite de Garayie, it was a tiring trek of 144 km in hot weather conditions. The weather in Spain turned cold, windy, and very wet. After bussing to Zaragoza and realizing that few refugios were along the Ruta, the weather very bad, she changed her mind and went back to Logrono to walk on from there. The Camino Frances has been rerouted along new ways – la sendas – which takes one away from tarred roads but has a stony surface which she found jarring to her feet. She developed tendonitis! The Monasterio di San Benito in Estella, was very good at E20 for a room-en-suite plus three meals. The vino rosada in the smaller places is 58c/l, compared to 75c in the cities! In Sahagun the Pension Asturiana has closed – sadly for me because we celebrated my 69th birthday there, and I thought it might be a good venue for another birthday party! Before getting to Portomarin, Gina looked in on Gordon Bell and took a couple of pictures of him at his refugio – promising my services when I went through later! On 4 July Gina walked into Santiago, after 57 day's walking from Lourdes. On 21 August Ann and I flew out of Jo'burg to Perth, Western Australia, to stay with Gina. Surprisingly, whom should we meet at Johannesburg, while heading for our respective departure gates, but Sylvia Nilsen with fellow pilgrims going per Iberia to the Camino!! While in Perth we were able to make contact with another S.A. Camino afficiondo: Elaine Fernandez. Hasta Luego, Muchos saludos Ann and Alastair.

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Ed note: If anyone else would like to write a short piece reflecting on how the Camino stays with you, please do!

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OUR EXPERIENCES ON THE CAMINO from Wilhelm and Charlene de Wet:
We walked in June July 2007 starting in Roncesvalles ending at Estella, and also the last section from Sarria to Santiago. TIME OF YEAR: This was our first experience, and therefore we cannot make comparisons with previous pilgrimages. We however are convinced that it was the perfect time of the year. It was not too hot and we only experienced rain on our last three days in Galicia. The fields and mountains were green, filled with flowers and poppies. REFUGIOS: We never had any problem with the refugios being too full, and managed to get place to sleep very easy. The Albergue at Roncesvalles is a very special and worthwhile experience. We were however disappointed not being able to prepare our own food there. The private Albergue Zaldiko in Zubiri (first one right as you come over the bridge into town) was very neat and comfortable and cost 10€, (small kitchen). The Albergue at Trinidad de Arre run by the church was nice. Friendly Padre and a tree-filled courtyard (good kitchen), cost 5€. The refugio Albergue Roncal at Cezur Menor was recommended to us, but disappointing. Cost 10€.The Albergue Santiago Apostol at Puenta la Reina outside town up a long steep hill was very nice and clean. We were immediately offered ice cold water on our arrival. The pool was however empty on a hot day, (no kitchen but nice restaurant). Cost 5€. We slept at the private Albergue La Bodega del Camino in the small town of Lorca. We had a very neat room and bathroom for ourselves. The friendly young manager/owner Jose Ramon of the albergue opposite the street played beautiful classical and guitar music and it was a great place to enjoy a glass of wine, (small kitchen). Cost 10€. The refugio in Sarria, Albergue Los Blasones was excellent and we once again had a room to ourselves. The lady running the place even offered us some cake, (nice kitchen) Cost 10€. In Portomarin we stayed in Albergue O‘Mirador which offered nice food and great views over the lake. Very clean and neat but no cooking facilities. Here we met up with Gordon Bell for pizza and stayed up too late enjoying some wine. Cost 10€. A small new private refugio, Albergue A Calzada, opened up 5 km before you reach Palais de Rei near Portos which offered very nice food and great rural surroundings.(no kitchen) Cost 10€. At Melide and Pino de Arco we slept at pensiones charging 30€ for a double room. It cost us a little more than staying in the albergues but it offered very nice rooms with private bathrooms. We found it worthwhile as I am a reputable snorer and was on a few occasions nearly killed by my fellow pilgrims. We also found a nice private room in Santiago for 30€. At Finisterre we had a private room with the most beautiful sea views for 24€.

FOOD AND WINE
We found the Peregrine meals overpriced 7-10€. We mostly bought our own food and wine from the supermarkets. In Navarre we found the white wine terrible, but the red wines, especially the Riojas, excellent. In Pamplona for instance we bought a 1 litre bottle Vinho de Mesa red for 60 cents in a supermarket. The Riojas can cost you anything from 3€ upwards. The wine prices were always very reasonable when buying in the supermarkets. The white wine was much better in Galicia and the usual price at the refugios and bars was 3-4€ for a bottle vinho de mesa in the rural areas. However expect to pay much more in the bars and restaurants in cities like Santiago – starting at 8€. Spain has a huge range of cheeses, beers, breads and meats on offer, and making a picnic was always a nice experience, even in the evenings. Some other pilgrims from RSA introduced us to Isabella. It's a variety of food like corn, tuna, carrot etc in a tin that can be bought in any supermarket. It's a meal in itself and is delicious. Cost around 1.5€. The coffee in Spain must be the best in the world. Usual price for café con leche grande was about 1.5€-2€.

EXPERIENCES
Negative experiences – nearly none but unfortunately three to mention: 1. We were very upset by the habit of dogs being chained in Spain. 2. Nearly all the churches along the route especially in the villages were locked, distracting from the spirituality of the route. 3. Some sections of the route were littered and needs to be cleaned up. Positive experiences-plenty every day. Even the hardship and suffering, sore knees and toes added to a wonderful experience.

CAUTION
When showing up for our return flight in Madrid with Iberia, we were informed that they overbooked the flights. A few South Africans had to stay behind causing a lot of discomfort. We nearly had to spend another three days in Madrid waiting for the next flight home. It seems like Iberia is not the most trustworthy airline to book your place with.

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Camino Statistics
By the end of August the Pilgrims' Office had granted 86,018 Compostelas to Santiago pilgrims who had met the qualifications. Of this number 41,145 pilgrims came from 91 countries other than Spain. The largest number of foreign pilgrims, 9,574, came from Germany, followed by those from Italy, 8,141; from France, 4,852; from Portugal, 2,799; from the United States, 1,648 and from Holland, 1,242. Pilgrims came from all over the world, including Cuba, Israel, Jamaica, Vietnam, Iran, Algiers, Ethiopia and even Iraq. There has been an increase of 12.2% in the number of pilgrims compared to those of 2006. If the trend continues the total number of pilgrims for the year may exceed 113,000. This surge has caused considerable problems which are being discussed by the Confraternities with the view of having some possible solutions in place before the possible millions which may converge on the Camino the next Holy Year, 2010, which will be the last Holy Year for eleven years.

CAMINO LIBRARY Looking for information about the Camino? Our new librarians Gerda Maritz and Cherry Rudd have a selection of books, maps, videos and articles which can be borrowed by CSJ of SA members. Gerda: 0218524626 gepm2@telkomsa.net and Cherry 021-8555456 rudds@telkomsa.net

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