Camino Plans 2022

I always quote Amores perros: If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. Siempre cito Amores perros: Si quieres hacer a Dios reírse, dile tus planes.

I am extremely aware that Covid and/or monkey pox can alter these plans, which is why I got a refundable flight. Sé muy bien que el Covid o la viruela de mono puede cambiar estes planes. Por eso, compré un vuelo reembosable.

If all goes well though, this is what my fall is shaping up to look like. Pero si todo va bien, mi otoño va a ser algo así.

On September 12, I’m flying from Chicago to Barcelona. After a few days of getting acclimated to the time change and to ensure I didn’t catch Covid on the plane (I’ll be wearing a N95 and I won’t be eating dinner, better safe than sorry), I’ll be starting out with a three day Camino Barcelonés, from Barcelona to Montserrat, to get a bit of extra practice in before my main plans. El día 12 de septiembre, tengo un vuelo desde Chicago hasta Barcelona. Después de unos días de aclimación al cambio de hora y para asegurarme de no haber cogido el Covid en el avión (voy a llevar una mascarilla N95, y no voy a cenar, mejor seguro que arrepentirlo), voy a empezar con un camino de tres días, el Camino Barcelonés, desde Barcelona hasta Montserrat, para tener unos días más de práctica antes de mi camino.

After finishing that, I’ll be heading to Jaca, where I’ll stay a couple of days. One day will include the first day of the Camino Aragonés, from Somport to Jaca. I am still debating whether to take a full day to enjoy the monasteries of San Juan de la Peña, or to stay at a hostal or pensión on the way back down. Then I’ll be hiking to Puente de la Reina. Después de eso, voy a Jaca, donde voy a quedarme unos días. Un día va a ser el primer día del Camino Aragonés, desde Somport hasta Jaca. Todavía no tengo claro si voy a tomar un día completo para disfrutar de los monasterios de San Juan de la Peña, o alojarme en un hostal o pensión por la bajada. Después, voy hasta Puente de la Reina.

Will I be continuing on the Camino Francés? Of course not. Long time followers know I’m an introvert and need my alone time, and the Camino Francés has too many people for me to cope. I’ll be heading from Puente de la Reina to Pamplona and on to Donostia-San Sebastián. Depending on the weather, I hope to walk a few days of the Camino Vasco from Irún to Vitoria-Gasteiz. I will make a detour to Bilbao somewhere in here. ¿Voy a seguir en el Camino Francés? ¡Qué va! Las personas que me conocen bien saben que soy muy introvertido y necesito mi tiempo solo, y había demasiada gente por el Camino Francés. Voy a ir desde Puente de la Reina hasta Pamplona y luego a Donostia-San Sebastián. Depende del tiempo, espero poder hacer unos días del Camino Vasco desde Irún hasta Vitoria-Gasteiz. Voy a hacer un desavío a Bilbao después.

I may throw out the Camino Barcelonés for the Camino Lebaniego, a short 3-day from San Vicente de la Barquera to Potes, or I may do a shorter Camino Vasco to get that one in. Igual hago un cambio del Camino Barcelonés por el Camino Lebaniego, una ruta corta de tres días desde San Vicente de la Barquera hasta Potes, o quizas un Camino Vasco más corto para poder hacer esta ruta.

After that, I’ll head back to Barcelona and on to Croatia (where I’ll probably go to Montenegro too), then back to Spain to visit my old home of Valencia. I’m also looking at a few days in Vienna and Munich, which I have never been to, or seeing places I haven’t visited in France or Italy or Andorra. Después de eso, vuelvo a Barcelona y luego a Croacía (y probablemente a Montenegro también), luego a España para visitar mi querida València. También estoy considerando pasar unos días en Vienna y Munich, dos ciudades que no conozco, o ir a sitios que no conozco en Francia, Italia o Andorra.

So many places, so little time, but as long as the Covid situation is not horrendous, I should be able to be back on the Camino this autumn! To be extra safe, I will be staying only in hostales or pensiones, just in case…with any luck, the latest booster for Covid BA 4/% will be out before my trip. Tantos sitios, poco tiempo, pero si la situación de Covid no es horrible, ¡con un poco de suerte vuelvo a estar en el Camino este otoño! Para tener aún más protección de Covid, solo me voy a alojar en hostales o pensiones, por si en caso. Y puede ser que tenga suerte y puedo hacerme el nuevo booster para el Covid BA.4/5.

9 thoughts on “Camino Plans 2022

  1. It’s good that you have plans in mind Pablo and I look forward to your photos (if you do travel) I felt the same as you before my Caminos last September and this May. Covid was in the back of my mind. Luckily I am fully vaccinated and was careful. The Camino Francés is party central, as you well know, especially in Holy Year. Walking the Coastal route was a nice change. I will be following your posts 🙂

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting!

      I’m had three jabs…waiting for the omicron BA4/5 one to get the fourth one, hoping it’s before September. Did you stay in the albergues? I’m wondering what they are like at this point in Covid.

      I enjoyed seeing all your pictures and the posts you’ve done about the Coastal Camino, and that may be an option for me in the future 🙂

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      • I have caught the Omicron in June. It is very contagious. I literally spent a day in the city centre and had it a few days later. But it feels a little worse than a flu. Dizzy, sinus, headaches, cough. I was down with it for a week but I’m all good now.

        I stayed in a mixture of private albergues and hostels. Everything is open now, no restrictions, both in Spain and Portugal so it’s wise to get a private room if you don’t catch covid before you go.

        I will post a little more about my accommodation later on.

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      • Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you got Covid 😦 I’m glad you’re better though and it was a “milder” case…I’m worried about Long Covid :-/

        I look forward to reading about your accommodations and how that went 🙂

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  2. Not to worry, as it was quite mild and I was able to work remotely. I did feel rather lethargic for a week or so afterward which was not something I enjoyed. I am back to myself now I am pleased to say. Ibuprofen and plenty of fluids do the trick!

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