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In just over a week, Meenakshi and I will be travelling to Spain to walk the Camino Ingles from A Coruna to Santiago.  We seem to have been planning and preparing for this for ages; at last there is a school holiday when I’m not working and which is not followed immediately by exams.  There should be a few posts about this in the coming week and then hopefully some live blogs from the Camino.

One of the lovely parts of the Camino is the credencial or pilgrim’s passport.  You can buy one in Spain or France when you begin the Camino or you can get one in advance from one of the Camino Associations.  The passport is proof that you are a pilgrim and entitles you to stay in albergues, the pilgrim hostels along the pilgrim routes.  Getting it stamped once or twice a day serves as proof to the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago Cathedral that you have walked or cycled far enough to qualify for a Compostela.  The stamps (sellos in Spain, tampons in France) come from all sorts of places – churches, cathedrals, albergues, hostals, police stations, town halls, convents, bars and restaurants.  They are a wonderful souvenir and memory of the Camino.

Here is my Confraternity of St James credencial from the Camino Ingles two years ago, with a page that includes the sello that is most important to me.  Do you want to know which this is and why?

This time, for a change and because we are only walking for three days, we will be using the Credencial de Peregrinos issued by Santiago Cathedral.  Rather than getting them from the Church of Santiago in A Coruna, I have got them in advance – thanks to Ian at Peterborough Pilgrims – as I would like to start things off with a stamp from my churches here.

Yesterday, I was looking through the archive at St Bede’s, Brandwood for some photos of Church activities in the 1960’s.  Amongst the papers I found this Pilgrim Passport from the Birmingham Diocesan Pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1986 (well before my time here).  This seems to be a good pointing to the pilgrimage in a week.  I like the Pilgrimage Collect (click on the photo to enlarge it) and will use it next year when I complete walking the Pilgrim’s Way to Canterbury.



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Only to wish you “Buen Camino”, pilgrim. May you walk under the sun light all the way long to Santiago. About passports, here in my province in Brazil, we have a Camino called “Caminho do Sol” (The Road of Sun), 150 miles long, offering a beautiful one (sorry, no photo – didn´t find one to put here) and has a stamp in a step given by … a post office! Believe it or not. Isn´t a funny thing? Again, my friend, for you and Meenakshi I wish Buen Camino. Ultreya!
José Carlos, from Brazil

Comment by José Carlos da Costa

Thank you. lots of memories of us walking together through Galicia two years ago – I think we were in Campobercerras today after walking with Jesus from Leon. I am really looking forward to this small Camino,


Comment by pilgrimpace

Buen Camino, Andy.

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