Information for peregrinos con burro

Since Barbara passed another aspiring donkey pilgrim on to me, and he has been enthusiastically in touch, sharing his hopes to walk with family and donkeys on the Camino, I have begun to wonder how many people out there have discovered donkeys recently…  and why.  I have set up a new group on the Santiago Pilgrim Albergue, and that may quickly answer the question.

Ah, OK, nobody else is interested…  That’s settled then!  On the other hand, it may provide a useful forum for people to explore this possibility. We shall see.


In the meantime, if you want to know more, read the quirky but rather endearing story of Tim Moore’s Spanish Steps: Travels with my donkey. The practical information is minimal, and sometimes wrong, but he captures some of the fun of travelling with donkeys.  A good fireside winter read: fantasize about walking the Camino with a donkey, then give up the idea when the daylight gets longer and you realize how much work is involved!

Or stay with the idea and change your life…


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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3 Responses to Information for peregrinos con burro

  1. Barbara says:

    Tried that on Yahoo groups. Nada. Zilch.

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Most encouraging. I was rather hoping you’d say something like that… 🙂 We are the chosen donkey piligrimins favoured by the Most High and will be in heaven long before the peeples on mountain bikes. Hopefully, the donks will be also favoured by the Most High and will be allowed to bring their carrots.

    Meanwhile, as it’s after midnight, I can happily point out it is my birthday. When I have my next birthday I will be celebrating it with donks and I will knit them proper party hats.

    Edit: with ear holes cut out of the hats, oviously…

  3. rebrites says:

    I met Mr. Moore and his donk when I did my first real full-length camino. He was a whole lot more about writing a book about his donkey-camino than he was about the camino. Or the donkey. It was all about the book, not about the experience.
    I never read the book, somehow.
    And somehow, I kinda think I don´t need to.
    But maybe I oughtta?


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