A Day In A Pilgrims Life
You have heard about the Camino de Santiago and you have wondered how a day in a pilgrims life looks like? Here you can read about the daily routine!
In the morning
Most pilgrims sleep in a simple bed in one of the tousands of Albuergues along the way. They turn off the lights by 10 or 11 o’ clock in the evening. In the morning you leave your place very early or they kick you out at 8 or 9 o’ clock. Fair enough, they have to clean the place for the new arriving pilgrims. After leaving your Albuergue, one can have breakfast in a little restaurant and enjoy a “café con leche y cornetto”. Some places also offer breakfast, otherwise you can start your day walking and having lunch/ breakfast later with stuff from a supermarket or a little shop (alimentacion).
During the day
During the day you will meet a lot of different people. It’s up to everybody, if he wants to walk in a group or alone. On the way there are lots of restaurants and bars to take a coffee or a little snack.
Once in a while you can meet one of the angels along the way, who help the pilgrims.
One of them is David and at his donation-stand he serves juices, nuts and fruits for a little donation.
In the evening
Depending on your walking speed and length of the stage you will reach your daily aim in the early or late midday. There you choose your place to stay and meet other pilgrims who you have met walking during the day. In the Albuergues you also meet a lot of other new pilgrims and the helpers and owners of the albuergues are often interesting personalities to spend nice evenings with.
Often there is a kitchen in the Albuergue to cook for yourself or with other pilgrims. Sometimes they serve a community meal. Otherwise you can visit one of the many restaurants and have a “pilgrim menu”.
After and during diner you and your new friends are emptying wine and beer bottles.
Generally you can start the pilgrimage on the Way of Saint James in any condition, because everywhere on the way there is a good infrastructure and you will be hardly alone. You can choose the length of your daily stages individually, because every few kilometers a place to stay can be found.
Of course you will need good equipment and should know what to take with you and what should stay at home. Therefore check out our packing list.