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Finding magic under the stars of the Camino Santiago de Compostela

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ten Etiquette Rules for Everyone (Pilgrims Included)!

I was cleaning out some old files today and ran across this list of 10 etiquette rules for children by Dr. M.E. Waters. I'm not sure where I got them, but they are quite good! I sure do remember being taught these rules -- today's children might be better off if someone took time to teach them also!

Although these rules apply to children,
they are a great reminder to the rest of us!
Do you follow them?


1. DO stay away from people who are troublemakers
2. DO say please, thank you, excuse me, good morning/evening, and I am sorry
3. DO put your hand over your mouth when you cough
4. DO be kind to other people
5. DO be polite on the telephone
6. DO care about your appearance; be neat and clean
7. DO show respect to parents, teachers, and elders
8. DO attend church or other spiritual practice
9. DO open the door and pull the chair out for others (Boys, please do this for girls and ladies)
10. DO take your hats off inside the building

1. DO NOT chew gum in public
2. DO NOT talk with food in your mouth or throw it across the room
3. DO NOT interrupt when others are talking
4. DO NOT use curse words
5. DO NOT smoke or drink alcohol
6. DO NOT disrespect parents, teachers, or anyone
7. DO NOT be rude to other people
8. DO NOT act ugly in public
9. DO NOT put other people down or cruelly tease them
10. DO NOT tell lies about other people or tattle on them

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Photo by Colleen

Here are a few more rules specifically for Pilgrims:
Pilgrim DO's
1. DO secure private lodging if you are sick and contagious.
2. DO share food and drink with other pilgrims often
3. DO dress respectfully when you enter village churches
4. DO leave the bottom bunk for the elderly and disabled
5. DO be SILENT when in churches along the way
6. DO remember that food and lodging is a blessing, not a right.
7. DO clean up after yourself
8. DO take time to say "Buen Camino" and "Buenos Dias!"
9. DO buy something if you ask to use the toilet in a public shop
10. DO take time to really SEE, HEAR, and FEEL the spirit of the Camino 

Pilgrim DON'Ts
1. DO NOT throw toilet paper, water bottles, and trash along the trail. CARRY IT OUT!
2. DO NOT speak loudly and rudely when locals do not understand your language
3. DO NOT steal toilet paper or kitchen tools from the albergue
4. DO NOT fail to report bedbugs if you see or carry them
5. DO NOT take other people's food from the kitchen or fridge
6. DO NOT touch the fruit or vegetables in the tienda
7. DO NOT pick your blisters in public
8. DO NOT make any demands whatsoever
9. DO NOT convince yourself that "donative" means "FREE!"
10. DO NOT forget to show grace and gratitude to ALL along The Way.

If you have others, please add them as comments!
Buen Camino!

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Walk the Camino With Broken Ribs?

Remember I told you about breaking my ribs?

Two weeks ago today, I went camping with my friends and family. 
We had a great time and a lot of fun catching crawdads in the river! 
On the way up to the bank on the last day, I slipped and fell, 
hitting my ribcage on a pyramid shaped rock, 
knocking the breathe out of me.
I sat there in the cold shallow water for a few minutes, 
struggling to breathe, 
while people gathered around to help me up.  
Once up, I immediately went back to camp and covered the area with ice. 
I felt I had probably just bruised my ribs 
and they would be sore for a day or two.

When I got home, I called my doctor.
She asked me a million questions, 
had me palpate my ribs myself, 
then told me I'd cracked them.

Should I come in for an x-ray?
X-rays often have problems revealing fresh rib fractures, 
especially if the bone is merely cracked.
And besides, even if they are broken, there is nothing we can do.
Pain medicine and time...
Can you wrap them?
No, we no longer do that. 
It makes it too difficult to expand the ribcage 
and people tend to get pneumonia 
from not breathing deeply (because of the pain.)
Pain medicine and time...

But what if they're BROKEN!?
There's absolutely nothing we would do. 
You aren't spitting up blood, 
so you didn't pierce your lungs.
It's just going to take time...

Breathing deeply will help set them. 
And it sounds like you've separated the ribs from the chest wall.
Pain medicine and time...

But they feel SQUISHED where I hit!
Yup... they're cracked there.
They'll heal.
Pain medicine and time...
 Well, it's been two weeks.
They hurt as much today as they did two weeks ago.
When I'm standing straight up, they don't bother me,
but the minute I sit or lay down,
I yelp.

Ibuprofin decreases the pain,
but that stuff will kill your liver!
Besides, when I take pain meds, 
I don't feel the pain as sharply
and tend to do too much.
Then I feel worse the next day.

This sucks.

Getting out of bed in the morning is an interesting adventure!
Someone described it as 
"you SLITHER off the bed as best you can," 
and that is so true.
It takes a good 3 to 4 minutes
to work my body to the edge of the bed,
log roll my body,
then gingerly work my straight legs to the floor
so I can stand up without bending.
Getting into bed
is the same type of adventure.
Once I'm down flat, I'm ok.
But the extreme sharp pain
caused by rolling or moving
keeps me in a tense, flat position all night long,
and leaves me with a hell of a backache in the morning.
I honestly dread bedtime.
Too bad I'm not a horse.
They can sleep standing up.
Let me tell you something:
The only good cracked ribs 
are the ones my son Rob makes with barbecue sauce!
I'm done whining for the day...
But if you have it in you,
please send me some prayers or healing energy.
I need these ribs to HEAL!
I have a Camino to walk in the spring!

Oh, one last thing.
The Bible says Eve was created from a rib 
that God took out of Adam.
Now I know why
some men act like they're angry!
Probably still hurts like heck!
And the only advice is
"pain medicine and time."

Poor guys!

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Note:  If you are interested in walking the Camino Santiago, 
but are not quite ready to go it alone, 
consider joining Annie
on one of our small, affordable Camino walks. 
For more information see our website 
at this link: AnnieWalkers Camino

Friday, September 09, 2011

A Missing Pilgrim

I received this in my email today.
I'm hoping this pilgrim simply lost track of the time or was unable to find a computer.
He has not been heard from since August 27 and his family is concerned.
If you see him on the road, please tell him to contact his family immediately.
If you have information about him, please contact

Note:  If you are interested in walking the Camino Santiago, 
but are not quite ready to go it alone, 
consider joining Annie
on one of our small, affordable Camino walks. 
For more information see our website 
at this link: AnnieWalkers Camino