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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wolf Shield Publishing (Oct. 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987709003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987709004
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 354 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, 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 walked the "Camino" in 2014 and before starting this adventure I read many books to be "prepared", but I liked very few of them. This is one of the books I have kept. He has a lot of information that is very helpful and worth reading before taking the "way".
It also like his blog and his beautiful photographs.
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Entertaining read. Will not try as long a pilgrimage . This book gave me an insight of what to expect .. Will visit Spain in due time . Tnx
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The tone of the book seemed negative to me. Perhaps due to the fact the author did it in 20 days, 16 of which were rainy.
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HASH(0xa408f228) out of 5 stars Unique perspective of the Camino April 9 2013
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I recently walked a portion of the Camino and before I left, I spent a great deal of time reading about it. Most of the books and websites I saw had advice for what to bring, what to expect, how to do this or that, etc. There were various guidebooks with history and other information. What this book brings to the table is a no-frills first hand view of walking the Camino. I read the book both before I left (cover to cover) and then I reread the sections that corresponded to the portions I had just walked at the end of each day on the Camino as a way to "relive". Besides my John Brierley guidebook, this was my other "go-to" book. Now of course I didn't walk the entire Camino in 20 days, and I didn't attempt to walk more than 20 km a day, in fact my longest day was 19, but the human experience the author had was very similar to my own. (Gosh I was excited to glimpse the airport at Santiago and see a RyanAir flight taxiing on the runway just as described in the book!). If you are considering walking the Camino de Santiago or even if you are just interested in the day-to-day life of a pilgrim on the way, this book is a value. Fairly short, but very readable. The author has a unique perspective which can certainly bring a laugh. Make sure to also read his blog online for photos and more perspective.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa408f474) out of 5 stars Completely, utterly missed the entire experience....TRY AGAIN March 9 2014
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I did not feel anything from his experience other than how tired he was all the time and at one point admitting to another pilgrim who asked why he was walking so much each day that he 'just wants to get it over with.'

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa408f438) out of 5 stars El Camino is different for everybody Dec 23 2012
By Peter - Published on
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People who walked the Camino did it for different reasons and in different ways. I became indignant at Jill Hill's review because it suggests that Camino can/has to be walked just as the majority of pilgrims do it. Randall's way was exceptional and if for nothing else, it was worth to write (and read) about it. I haven't got a feeling that he missed to much of natural and historical treasures. In his [...] blog he has dozens of nice and interesting photos. I suggest to everybody to read it, too. You can find there separate reports of greater cities, visit to Burgos Cathedral, Ponferrada castle, etc.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa408f930) out of 5 stars First encounter with the Camino de Santiago. Dec 10 2012
By Marie B. Pinschmidt - Published on
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I first learned of CAMINO DE SANTIAGO IN 20 DAYS and the author through twitter and the author's website.His blogs and beautiful photography led me to buy the book from Amazon. This was my first introduction to the Camino and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the account of his mostly lonely travel. I felt the purpose, acknowledged or not by him, was his way of dealing with the loss of his mother, and the result of his journey was a loving tribute to her. Yes, he drank a lot of Coke and dealt with his blisters with courage and determination, but I found the book an enjoyable read.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa408f7c8) out of 5 stars Beautiful Story--Authentic Humanity June 22 2012
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I applaud Randall St. Germain's courage in traveling alone ---walking the entire French Way with a heavy back pack --(filled with a tent he didn't use --clothes- wet socks often- needed supplies for blisters...etc.), and his commitment in writing this book....his FIRST!!! He did an job excellent sharing about his observations of villages, Cathedral's, Monuments, Art, the Ponferrada Castle, A former monastery which became an upscale Hotel, and the Old City. He shared that his favorite sculpture was a bearded shepherd with arms stretched to the heavens --(this was in the San Francisco Jardin area with beautiful gardens and fountains).

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" 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)