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Camino de Santiago In 20 Days

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Funny, touching, and inspiring! A book about really walking the Camino de Santiago!

Perhaps it was the onset of middle-age or just too much diet cola, but in the Spring of 2010, Canadian boy, Randall St. Germain felt called to take on the 800 kilometer, or 500 mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Wolf Shield Publishing
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Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
OK, I really don't like to beat up any author. As an (unpublished) writer myself, I truly get the massive size of the chunk of soul that resides between the two covers of every book. But, my reader self regularly relies on the honest and insightful reviews of others - so I'm putting on my big girl panties and paying it forward.

I'm about 99% sure this book was self-published. As I closed the back cover, I wanted to go hug a publisher. And, my hope that a real publisher will accept my future manu
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 w ...more
Ms Unknown
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of a Goodreads give-away.

Reading a book on pilgrimages or travel would not really be my thing to be honest. But I must admit once I started reading Camino de Santiago I could not put it down and it left me hungry for a sequel. It also made me want to go do the walk or part of it. I could see the whole journey through his eyes; I saw the countryside, smelt the smells and heard the sounds that he wrote about. It was an exciting book to read and I had to give myself a n
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After having read 'almost everything' about El Camino in Hungarian (my native language), I turned my attention to English sources. First, I have found some very good forums and later Randall's blog, too. I enjoyed the reading and especially his very good photos which map and mark all the way, showing both nature and historical monuments. Since Randall frequently referred to his book, I bought it and even haven't found further photos in the book, I didn't regret the buy at all, I read the book al ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Goodreads first reads... I finally got around to reading this - and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I thought that after a few days, the anecdotal stories may get a little similar - but no! I don't think this walk would be for me - some of the albergues sounded hideous and I would definitely budget for private rooms if I ever undertook such a trip! I was waiting for a bed-bug incident throughout... but fortunately no such event occurred thank goodness.

Randall's account was interesting and made me both
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A personal and strong story line that pulls the reader through the book: Before you consider my review, take two things into account: I do not normally write online reviews, yet I will read almost anything.Yes I'm an avid reader and do enjoy being transported by a good read/novel.

Have always had a preference to non-fiction; from real crime stories, and yes, self-help stuff to philosophy to biographies/autobiographies to just about anything that makes me think and visualize...Basically I love to
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
When first deciding how to rate this book, I was originally going to give it a 3. It is a good solid book, although the sentences are short and choppy, and the paragraphs skip from topic to topic like a bee in a garden. However, as I continued thinking, I am truly impressed by this book. The sentences switch topics so often because it is a relative stream of consciousness in which the author has bravely shared a very personal experience. And I mean, Shared - with a capital S. At least a fifth of ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A witty and amusing story of determination and amazing willpower. This book follows the author's journey along the Camino de Santiago through all the weather Spain could throw at him. Along the way we get to meet a host of weird and wonderful characters as well as getting an insight into some of the historic villages, towns and cities the Camino passes through. Although I didn't set out with the goal of reading this book in a certain number of days, I found that like the author and his quest to ...more
Pragmatic view of the Camino - good tips on preparation. He shares his account of walking the Camino in 20 days. Style is a matter-of-fact account of his day-to-day experience as he walks the Camino. His objective – to complete the near 800 km from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, west to Santiago de Compostela, Spain in 20 days, following the way of Saint James. He averaged walking 40 kms daily – a considerable achievement as he crossed the Pyrenees and battled with the weather. I was inspired to ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Mr. St. Germain and Goodreads for sending me this book.

I love autobiographies....especially travel-related. How refreshing it is to read about Mr. St. Germain's experiences on his "Camino" journey without being burdened with any of his spiritual self-awareness...! At first when I noticed there were not many photos...I worried that it would a bit dull (after all..this is a travel "experience" through some beautiful areas of our world!). I was captivated from the beginning. I enjoyed
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I like almost any book about where someone takes the initiative to walk large distances which is what attracted me to this First Reads book. I had never heard of the Camino so it was interesting to learn about it. I wish there had been some maps to better document the route as that always helps me. This sounded like a lonely walk for Randall as I had hoped that he would have made some more connections with fellow walkers but he was very determined to do it in a short amount of time. All in all, ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having walked part of the Camino de Santiago in June 2011, I was eager to learn more about the remainder of the road. I discovered Randall on Twitter and found out he had written a book about his time on the Camino. While there are many many books about the French Way, the difference is Randall completed this in an incredible 20 days. An amazing thing to do :) I read it cover to cover within a week.
It is an honest account of the authors' time in Spain from the people he meets, the weather, righ
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Only heard about the Camino recently, then received this book! maybe it means I have to walk it some day myself!
As Randall says, this isn't a literary work but IT is a beautifully written book. Honest and from the heart, descriptive and funny at times. Couldn't put it down and thoroughly enjoyed. My only disappointment was that I'd have loved to see some photos included but can imagine that this probably incurs a price increase.

Can't wait for his next stroll around the countryside!
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've always wanted to take this journey yet never really thought of the physical hardship and the language barriers until reading this book. Although very descriptive I would have liked to see some of the 3000 photos this author captured while on his Camino. All in all, it's a good book for those who are planning to take this journey. It's an educational book on how to prepare with good lessons on what not to do. However, I wouldn't recommend it for those who are looking for spiritual insight as ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I believe I read in the prologue that the author wrote and rewrote this book quite a bit, paring it down to just his own experience.

In a way, I wish he had left more of that other material in - the book is quite interesting and I like it, but if feels more like a daily diary to prove he was there, much like the stamps for his "passport" along the way.

I think it could have been better served by leaving in some more material of a less concrete nature - what about the spiritual side of the journey
Michael Henderson
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of natures best kept secrets, not that I feel people shouldn't know about the beautiful wilderness up there. I've made the trek three times and plan on going back there many more times. As a Cabinet maker, joiner this is the perfect wood. Dense from the cold climate and very likely strait grained. This area means so much to me and my wife that I'd probably kill to keep it's beauty.
I was able to fined a small stick on the ground which I intend to carve. The only dilemma I face is, do
Jane Bennett
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this as it is a good documentary account of what the route entails, and cannot but admire the writer's dedication and determination to achieve his goal. He recounts his experience in a frank and straightforward manner, and I found some of his language unnecessarily graphic, but he tells it as it is for him, including the less attractive aspects of the trip. He describes in detail his rigorous daily routine and perseverance, which provides tips and inspiration for potential pilg ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A great book on a great adventure.
Thanks Randall for the account of your Way. Thanks for your last chapter that deserves several readings.
Thanks for seeding us with the desire to make our own Way to Santiago. I hope for me as a spanish speaking will be as enjoyable as it was for you, although my goal will be more on 30 days plus -I am in my sixties- than your 20 days.
Anne Lawrence
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice read. Great description of what it takes to complete the Camino in 20 days. I liked his descriptions of the towns and churches even as he was also devoting equal time to his diet soda addiction. Very impressive to read of someone who walked so many hours and kilometers on chocolate, nuts and sodas. Not the usual Camino story but a fun read for anyone looking for a different perspective.
May 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I recieved this book in order to give a review of it. To be honest, I misplaced it. I'm sorry I did that.
The book is an interesting account, it is, on occasion, a little ramling but as the camino, it is mostly on track. I can't say I'd buy a copy, but that's not the fault of the writer.
Alexander Georgiev
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would have given it a 5, honestly. It was an enjoyable read! Finished quickly. Just at moments it felt like a quick description of 20 days. Still nice and recommended book! Good tips, witty language, maybe a 'must' for anyone, who is even remotely considering walking the Camino.
Lynnett Palindat
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book would probably appeal to someone who has done the camino or plans to do it more than it did to me. I would have liked to have seen some pictures in the book as well.
Lida Del
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I think is funny, adventure, interesting writer, and great landchape photographer. Well, not muct to say, because I did'nt yet read this book.
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