The phrase “Filgrims” I blame Jes for. A Filgrims is a fake pilgrim, someone who hasn’t done the whole Camino. They start in Sarria, just over 100 kms from Santiago ( or 200 kms
if traveling by bicycle) so they can receive the certificate or Compostella to show they have walked the Camino – so I didn’t need to walk and extra 800 kms!
So when you hit Sarria you notice the increase in the people walking the Camino.
What does a filgrim look like?
- Day pack
- Power walking or ambling
- No blisters (on Day 1)
- Radio playing
- Stops at most bars and cafes
- Collects stamps in their Camino credential from anywhere
- Cycling in jandals (flip flops)
- A small dog. One that can do some walking but can also be carried.
But on reflection once I get off my high horse
- Families spending time together
- Groups of school students or church groups.
Maybe I am the fake pilgrim thinking my journey is any better or real than someone else’s.