30 Years of Pilgrim Statistics

Laurie’s blog “The Camino Provides”, offers a lot of very good information about the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James). Be sure and check it out if you are looking for information. The following article provides some great statistics regarding pilgrims walking the Way.

The Camino Provides

Every January, the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos (Pilgrims’ Welcome Office) in Santiago, Spain and the American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) publish the pilgrim statistics for the previous year. Among the various data is a chart showing numbers of pilgrims receiving Compostelas for each year dating back to 1986. When I first started to learn about the Camino, I was intrigued by the dramatic spikes for some years.

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Making Friends on the Way of Saint James

The Way of Saint James is an intense experience.  It usually involves new experiences, exhaustion and levels of discomfort and this has a way of bringing people together.  The people on the Way are usually very nice people and with the shared intensity of the daily grind, people become friendly and friendships are made. When …

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Days 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 – Arrival to Santiago de Compostela

The last five days have been full of walking, rain and power outages.  The last place in the world you want to stay in when there is no electrical power is a municipal albergue in Galicia.  Without electricity, there is no water, no heat, no wifi:-) no capacity to cook and it is dark.  Basically, …

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Small Prayers Found on the Camino de Santiago

When you arrive to Santiago after walking, biking or horse backing riding the Way, you have to fill out a short questionnaire to receive your Compostela (certificate).  You have to check a box.  The questionnaire asks you to check whether the reason for your walk was religious, spiritual, or for sport. I think for most, …

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Day 7 – Into Wine Country of the Camino de Santiago

I walked from Ponferrada to Villafranca de Bierzo on Sunday - approximately 23 km.  I have had really sore knees, and was wondering how the walk would go, but it went great.  I think my knees are healing.  The rest of my legs feel great. I walked through a ton of vineyards, ......back and forth, …

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