Camino de Santiago in 20 Days: My Way On The Way Of St. James Paperback – Oct 28 2011
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About the Author
Hello, I’m Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. I’m a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of my mother in February 2010, I felt I needed to get away, and clear my mind. I chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. I certainly didn't plan to write a book until the latter days of my Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of my ongoing journey. Camino de Santiago In 20 Days tells of my journey on the 500 mile, or 800 kilometer, French Way from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. My walk was not only one of personal enlightenment, but it was also a challenge—I walked an average of 26 miles for 20 days straight. I also carried a backpack that weighed about 30 pounds. I don’t get too preachy in my book about spirituality or religion. This is a book about really walking the Camino de Santiago, unlike anything presently out there. Most of all, I hope you find Camino de Santiago In 20 Days funny and entertaining. I tried to show my sense of humor, and I hope you have a good laugh, even if it’s at my expense. Since I was alone most of the time, all kinds of thoughts went through my head, and I wrote about most of them. If you feel uncomfortable, I’d recommend you skip Chapter 9. If you find Camino de Santiago In 20 Days inspiring, that would be great. I wrote about how I pushed myself outside of my personal comfort zone. My comfort zone wasn’t climbing Mount Everest, but at a lower level that didn’t include sleeping in hostels, and walking up to 30 miles every day; often in the rain and cold. My writing also had to be honest, and I take pride in that. Sure, I could have thrown in some “misadventures,” but one of the rewarding aspects of walking the Camino, was the lack of drama. It was actually quite peaceful. My Camino, and Camino de Santiago In 20 Days are dedicated to my late mother. She was very important to me, especially as we grew closer in her later years. I welcome you to visit my website, http://www.caminomyway.com where I have my blog and hundreds of photos from the Camino and my other journeys. I hope you can join me, and I can inspire you to go on your own journey one day. My journey continues... All the best Randall St. Germain Vancouver
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I read dozens of blogs about Camino and I would rather condemn those who make a tourist attraction out of their 'pilgrimage' than those who want it very private and lonely, especially following such a sad event as the death of the dearest person.
Sorry for my poor English, I'm Hungarian. But reading that vitriolic review I couldn't stand to stay still.
There are random things that seem to have nothing do to with the camino, like wondering why his penis wasn't aroused when watching to women make love on television and wondering why he hasn't had an erection in previous nights. And then commenting on the fact that he's had sex 200 times, not including 'self massaging.' He complains a lot about every albergue he stays in and admits to cussing aloud to the weather. Every other page he keeps saying 'Coke Light' you'd think Coke paid him to advertise it or something.
These sorts of facts do not add nothing to the book and as a reader, I did not connect with his journey. I derived nothing from this man's camino. There is no spiritual growth, no reflections on his journey and eager to dump whomever can't keep up with his pace. He said he took 3,000 photos but not a single one was included unless you include the only one printed in the back of the book. There is no direction and you find yourself just wanting to get it over with.
He visited bars and cafes which allowed smoking -- He faced washroom issues (as in "lack of washrooms") --He lost sleep due to snoring and farting of others. He made 'walking' friends. He enjoyed talking to pretty woman. (of course --the guy's not crazy).....NOT even crazy for WALKING 520 miles in 20 days. Some people 'might' think 'its crazy'.... (I say its inspiring!)
Randall's drink of choice was ***COKE LIGHT***. (no, I didn't count how many he had), but for a one-time special treat he once tried a Kaz Apple Drink. Other favorite foods were: Magnum ice cream chocolate, and mixed nuts. (what's not to like?)
I laughed silly when an old woman yelled at him to 'GET OUT' (in Spanish), when he tried to open up an old creaking Church door--no longer in use- when Mass was in session.
Rain-wind-chilly days: Randall kept walking ---(with painful blisters on his toes and heals).
I couldn't help but wonder at the end of the book if Randall ever kept in contact with anyone he met on the trail during those 20 days.
but....One of the MOST touching pages of the entire book is the small page with 9 words: "For My Mother...I think of You Every Day".
That 'special' page allowed me, (as the reader), to develop a deeper relationship with the 'human' side of Randall. I felt his heart --his pain- his goodness. I also felt his desire to be outlandish, (be willing to take this journey he did)-- -step outside the box of routine life -deepen his personal awareness of unlimited possibilities --and rejoice!
He said himself..."His mother would be proud". Randall can be proud too!
NOTE: THIS is not the SAME as every OTHER book on the market (related subjects maybe) as the next guy who takes a 'journey'.
"A Walk In the Woods" ..........is a 'Walk in the Woods"..........
"Camino De Santiago In 20 Days...MY Way on the Way of St. James" by Randall St. Germain is HIS 'wonderful' story! (a memoir not to get lost in the shuffle).(less)