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Stage 7: Spanish vocabulary for the Camino de Santiago
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Don't get me wrong: it is an extremely versatile verb everywhere I mentioned that it has almost 20 meanings other than to walk , many of them related to the way people or things are "going", or doing in a very broad sense. What I meant to say is that we don't use "andar" for bicycles, cars or other transportation means, but apparently this is very common in America.
If you say "He estado andando" in Spain, no one would ever consider a bicicle, or any other vehicle; only your feet. In other contexts, "andar" can mean lots of different things most of them related to the way things go. Yes, andar en bicicleta means to ride a bike or to go by bike.
Andar a caballo means to ride a horse or go on horseback. I wouldn't really say that andar means to walk, although it can be translated that way. It's more like to move or go. But it is used in many different ways. Just double-click the word andar here and you'll see some of them. Caminar and pasear do mean to walk. The difference, in a nutshell, is similar to the difference between walk and stroll.
That's just a general rule though, and there will be many exceptions. Your best best is to look up all three words in a good paper dictionary that gives lots of usage examples. Marchar is similar to andar in that while it can be translated as to walk, it usually isn't. It is often used to mean that some machine works or runs. Marcharse is very close to irse, meaning to leave. OK, thanks, that's good to know. Here in the Americas it is definitely used more often in other meanings.
I walked for 10 of the 11 days. My rest day was to allow me to visit the coastal city of Vigo, slightly off route. That day was the first of the really heavy rain, a useful coincincidence. This side trip took a wedge shaped section out of the whole camino. I reached Santiago on day 11 having walked about ks of the total distance an averaging about 18ks walking a day.
There is definitely a cumulative factor involved in the tiredness both day by day and over the whole distance. By the end of the camino the combination of the physical energy exerted in the day and the series of nights of poor sleep because of overcrowded bunkrooms in the pilgrim hostels and freezing nights meant my energy was depleted although I was fitter — a strange combination of effects. In the mornings I felt fresher and could stride out at a good pace most days but by late afternoon I was trudging and the pain of blisters was harder to bear.
Almost everyone had blisters and some people injured themselves; and had to abandon the walk.
Much of the camino follows the old Roman roads and after hours you can feel every stone through even thick soles. They are beautiful though. I carried just a day pack with a change of clothes and water and food and had my big travel pack transported, a luxury.
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Most people carried small packs the whole way and knew or quickly learned to keep them light. We saw a few abandoned articles en route as people realised what they actually really needed and what they could do without. Some of the gear the Europeans had was pretty hi-tech but my good kiwi merino layers and light cotton trousers with tights underneath on the coldest days were fine. An old Kathmandu gortex coat was perfect too. I felt grateful for my camping and tramping experience in NZ and of course the time in folk festival bunkrooms was good preparation for some of the pilgrim hostels which were pretty spartan.
In one place, there were 36 of us in a mass bunkroom where plastic covers on both mattresses and pillows guaranteed a noisy and sticky night for everyone. The coldest nights presented almost as much challenge as the long days for me. Lots of people used walking poles but actually the track is pretty well defined and there was only one descent for about half an hour through a river bed where poles would have helped.
People who live along the Camino are used to the stream of peregrinos , pilgrims walking through their villages, are friendly and would often call out.. Bom Caminho as we passed. Spring water comes from the many fonts along the way. Most are ancient and there is usually a bench or shady resting place alongside the water.