Buen Camino

Buen Camino

In all cultures, there is usually a fairly standard greeting that local people use. When I am at home in Australia one of the most used phrases is Hi, how are you… In Spain, it is Hola Que tal (Hello, how are you)

Camino greeting

Along Camino de Santiago, pilgrims will greet you with the phrase “Buen Camino,” in Spain, “Bom Caminho” in Portugal and “Bon Chemin” in France.  The English translation is “good way”. A greeting understood as, enjoy your walk, have a good day. A recognition of the fact that you are among others who, as you, are walking a Pilgrimage.

You will find that this simple little phrase is greatly appreciated along a multi-lingual path. It is a fantastic opening line that can lead to conversation with people you meet.

If you prefer to be with yourself, the phrase will be acknowledgement as you pass by, yet if you do not engage Pilgrims will respond and continue on their way (most of them).

One thing is definite, you will not have to be concerned about loneliness if you don’t want to. With this little phrase, you are part of the collective of Pilgrims with packs on their backs following yellow arrows to guide the way.

Buen Camino!
Bom Caminho!
Bon Chemin!