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Camino Guides, Books and Movies to Inspire You

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Guides, and inspiring stories to read before your  Camino Pilgrimage

Camino Guides, Books and Movies to Inspire you. Insights that were informative, eye opening and just hilarious. This was one of the ways I prepared for my Camino. How are you getting to know all the options, possibilities, roadblocks and sights to see along The Way? Below is a recap of the books, movies, and guides I relied on..

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1. What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela:

Jane Christmas

The first book I ever read about the Camino and she was from my hometown of Hamilton ON, it was an inspiring story that convinced me I could do it. Jane set off with 14 other women who she never met before on the word of a psychic.

2. A Pilgrims Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean – Roncesvalles-Santiago:

John Brierly

The most popular Camino Guide

If you are going to walk the Camino this is the guide you want, make sure to check the Camino Guides website for updates. I found it extremely useful, you will hear various reviews on this guide some love him, some hate him but he is the number one guide book for the Camino de Santiago and well worth the money. Mine is well worn in.

3. I’m off then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago:

Hape Kerkeling and Shelley Frisch

Who wouldn’t love the story of a comedian who just decided to go for a walk, delightful and funny this is kind of how we felt some days, what was I thinking? This isn’t part a Camino Guides book but more of a journey to follow with someone.

4. No Complaints…Shut Up and Walk: One Sexagenarian Man’s Unlikely Journey Along El Camino de Santiago:

Emmett Williams and Jasmyne Emmerick

 I liked this very relatable to us as a husband and wife story about walking the Path together for distinct reasons than finding out that wasn’t the reason at all. A delightful story for any couple wanting to walk together

5. My Husband Made Me Do It! A Pilgrim With Plastic on the Camino de Santiago:

Margaret Wilson

My book would read my wife made me do it since I convinced my husband we NEED to walk the Camino, but it was good to hear the wife’s side. I really enjoyed this practical and hilarious book.

6. The Reluctant Pilgrim: An Incomplete Guide to Walking The Camino De Santiago, (The Anti book of Camino Guides)

Paul Huschilt and David Vereschagin

 If you’re not sure about the Camino this may not be the book for you, as you can see from the title it doesn’t sound encouraging.  I assure you it is, gives you a picture of what to expect and not expect on the walk in an informal and incomplete way. It leaves you wondering, “how would I do it”

7. The Way

Emilio Estevez

If you have heard of the Camino then you have heard of the movie The Way, it came out before our walk but we didn’t know about it until we returned. So it was nice to watch it and say I was there, I saw that. A wonderful heartfelt movie about friendships on the Way and how people do it for so many different reasons.

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