Monday, October 23, 2006

Article about Reintegrating after the Camino

Click on the title fo rthe link - an interesting (but loooong) article that may be interesting to any past, present or future peregrinos!!

Besos y abrazos

Statistics for the Camino - May 2006

The Pilgrimage to Santiago in May 2006
Pilgrim’s Office

During the month of May 2006, 9.986 pilgrims were received at the Pilgrim’s Office. The number of pilgrims in the year 2005 during the same period was 9.306.

Of those pilgrims, 3.866 were women (38,71%) and 6.120 men (61,29%). 8.158 pilgrims arrived on foot (81,69 %), 1.769 by bicycle (17,71%), 56 on horseback (0.56%) and three pilgrims on wheel-chair.

Pilgrims’ Age.
1.597 pilgrims were younger than 30 years old (15,99%); 5.921 were between 30 and 60 years old (59,29%); 2.468 were aged above 60 years old (24,71%).

Pilgrims’ Motivation.

Religious ..................4.308..........43,14%
Religious and Cultural ...4.946..........49,52%
Cultural...................732............7,33%

Pilgrims’ Nationality.
Spanish: 3.462 (34,66 %). Most of the pilgrims come from: Madrid, 603 (17,41%); Galicia with 533 (15,39%); Cataluña, 521 (15,04%); Andalucía with 318 (9,18%); Valencia 267 (7,71%); País Vasco, 262 (7,56%) and Castilla León, 237 (6,84%)

Foreigners: 6,524 (65,33%). Most of the pilgrims come from the following countries: Germany with 1.408 (21,58%); France with 1.093 (16,75%); Italy with 727 (11,14%); Austria with 319 (4,88%); The Nederland’s with 295 (4,52%); Canada with 290 (4,44%); Portugal with 287 (4,39%); United Kindom with 284 (4,35%) and the United States with 228 (3,49%)

Pilgrims’ Profession.
Regarding the professional fields, the majority of pilgrims are retired with 2.572 pilgrims (39,42%); employees with 1.835 (28,12%), freelancers with 1.435 pilgrims (21,99%); technicians with 1.222 (18,73%); students with 641 (9,82%), civil servants with 562 (8,61%); teachers with 397 (6,08%) etc.

Starting Points.
Most of the pilgrims received during the month of May started their Way to Santiago in: Saint Jean Pied de Port, 1.543 (15,45 %); Sarria, 1.222 (12,23%); Roncesvalles 845 (8,46%); León 674 (6,74%); Cebreiro 517 (5,17%), Le Puy 466 (4,66%), Pamplona 458 (4,58%); Ponferrada 435 (4,35%); Astorga 430 (4,30%), Burgos 352 (3,52%), etc.

The Chosen Routes.
Most of the pilgrims chose the French Way with 8.332 (83,43%); followed by the Portuguese Route with 619 pilgrims (6,19%), the Silver Way has been chosen by 530 pilgrims (5,30%), the Northern Way with 342 (3,42%), and the Primitive Way with 82 (0,82%) pilgrims.