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Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

Follow along with my live blogging as I tackle the 700+ km French Way from Pamplona to Santiago on the Camino de Santiago. Follow #fjCamino on Twitter.

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Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

I have always thought of myself as a planner, both in my day to day life and when I am travelling. I like to have a routine and know where I am going next. So booking my flight to Spain to walk Camino de Santiago on a whim feels liberating.

It is also extremely daunting. I have been going through bouts of excitement that swing wildly to moments of pure terror. All I can think is; What have I gotten myself into?

Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

To answer my own question, I have gotten myself into attempting a giant walk. A giant 700+ km walk to be precise.

I am following in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who have travelled by foot, bike and donkey along the “French Way” to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

I will start walking from Pamplona near the border of Spain and France. Along the way I will be providing you with real time information with all my favourite adventures from Camino de Santiago with live blogging from the 10th March. I am not quite when, or if, I will finish. But I will definitely keep you all updated!

Below you will find all my favourite Instagram photos, travel tips and places I visit during my pilgrimage to help you plan your own adventure travel trip along the Camino de Santiago.

You can stay up to date now by following along with me via my hashtag on Twitter and Instagram – #fjCAMINO. As well as check back regularly on our adventure travel blog for updates.

If you have any tips, advice or questions for me then please make sure you send us a tweetFacebook message or drop a comment below so that we can make the most of our trip as well. Would also love any emails to keep me motivated!

Camino de Santiago as seen on Instagram:

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Map of where Cole has been on the Camino de Santiago:

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Have you ever walked the Camino de Santiago? Do you have any tips for me? 

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Charli l Wanderlusters

    March 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Cole, you’re a true adventurer!

    What a fantastic trip. So often we forget that the first explorers covered incredible distances on foot alone. With air travel in the 21st century distances now appear so small but I’m sure walking the world it can appear a very vast place!

    I look forward to your updates and hope you take a ‘blisters and all’ approach to your journal! Although saying that I’m not sure I need to see your blisters!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Glad you don’t want to see my blisters because they are quite horrendous haha. Definitely don’t want to share them.

  2. Just One Boomer (Suzanne)

    March 11, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I am really looking forward to following along on this journey. I am hoping that by the end, you will have some suggestions for segments that less ambitious (less fit) pilgrims can try. Buena suerte con este viaje.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Thanks Suzanne. I only have 21 days anyway so can’t complete the whole Camino. Will put up my favourite sections for sure 😉

  3. Ed Rex

    March 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I’m just in awe of your travels there. Seriously, your blogging process has to be one of the best I’ve seen.

    Question – how do you set this live blogging up?

    • Cole Burmester

      March 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Hey mate. I use a couple of plugins for the live blogging with Instapress and Tripline maps doing it pretty much. Very easy. Hardest part is trying to find the time for other stuff at the end of the day.

  4. Stephen S.

    March 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    This looks like the experience of a life-time mate! Can’t wait to read all about it.

  5. Violeta's Travels

    March 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I want to walk Camino de Santiago later this year, so your live blogging comes right in time for me to get some fresh tips about it. I’m looking forward to your articles! Good luck!

  6. Happy Philippines

    March 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    awesome! looking forward to this series. have a blast in Camino de Santiago!

  7. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    March 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Cole, I’m enjoying your updates on Facebook. I’m excited to see you doing this! It’s one of my dreams. PLEASE finish it!!! You can do it! 😉

  8. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    March 15, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Forgot to add — we have the Appalachian Trail in the US and Justin and I both want to hike it so badly. It’s over 2,000 miles total, so we can’t do it all at once since we work. We’ve done several sections of it and hope to finish it within our lifetime. So I am rooting for you on this one to finish — no regrets!

  9. Katherine

    March 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    My name is Katherine, and I am emailing you with a couple questions regarding the Camino de Santiago. I am writing an article on the Camino for my school newspaper, and I am also doing the Camino de Santiago this summer. As well as information for this article, I am also doing this for information for me. Anyway, I would really appreciate your help and input!! Thanks!!

    How do you recommend someone trains for this?

    How heavy should your backpack be?

    What type of footwear do you recommend?

    What are the most important things to pack?

    Do you recommend hiking poles?

    What did you find to be the hardest part in hiking the Camino?

    What should people know about this particular trip?

    Any stories/comments/etc. you have would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Sincerely,

    Katherine

    • Cole Burmester

      March 28, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Hey Katherine,
      Thanks so much for your comment and stopping by the blog.
      I am definitely no expert for the Camino but will have a go a answering your questions 🙂 You might also want to chat to Sherry Ott from ottsworld.com. She is another blogger that did the Camino last year. Another good site is the Camino Forum – caminodesantiago.me/

      How do you recommend someone trains for this?
      I went with no training at all. I am reasonably fit and the distances I covered, 20 – 30kms per day, were easy. My downfall was not having the right shoes. You need a pair of shoes that are at least 1 size bigger than normal because your feet will swell. I had really bad blisters on the front of my toes that got infected. So test some shoes out, you don’t need boots, and break them in before heading off on the Camino de Santiago.

      How heavy should your backpack be?
      Mine was 11 kgs but if I wasn’t blogging during it then I would have stuck to about 7 kgs. Most people say for the Camino de Santiago that your backpack should be only 10% of your bodyweight maximum.

      What type of footwear do you recommend?
      Shoes are fine as long as they have GoreTex linings which will keep your feet dry. Lots of people had boots but if my shoes had been a little bigger I would have been fine. They just have to be comfortable and lightweight. I even wore jandals for 9 kms!

      What are the most important things to pack?
      Gear for all sorts of weather. I got snow on one of the days but it was March. An iPod and eBook will keep you occupied after walking all day as there is lots of downtime in the evenings.

      Do you recommend hiking poles?
      I don’t but that is a personal preference. I did enjoy walking with a large stick I found along the way!

      What did you find to be the hardest part in hiking the Camino?
      Apart from the blisters… Well I started the Camino for very personal reasons and it gave me lots of time to think. That was one of the hardest parts for me because it made me tackle some issues I was dealing with.

      What should people know about this particular trip?
      Be open-minded and enjoy it! There are so many amazing people walking the Camino that will inspire you.

      Hope that helps? Would love it if you could give me a link in the paper and definitely send me a copy once it is published 🙂 Good luck for your own journey and I will have pictures up in a few days/weeks.

      Cheers,
      Cole

    • Cole Burmester

      March 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

  10. Nev

    December 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Hi!

    I stumbled across your blog – it’s a great blog btw!

    This winter I am going to be walking from Prague to Finisterre on my second pilgrimage.

    Thank you for your time and Buen Camino!

    Nev 🙂

  11. Alice OBrien

    July 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I just read your blog this morning after signing up for the Camino for next Sept 2015. I love to walk and this is the adventure of a lifetime. It is really sinking in that I am in no shape for this but I am determined to get in shape. I will be following your blogging. Thank you for doing this.
    Sincerely,
    Alice

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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