Our Camino community is, of course, well aware of ongoing events in Cataluña. While the constitutional crisis there is of great concern to all Spaniards, American Pilgrims expects that the effects on visitors will be all but invisible. Considering the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators on both sides of the issue, there have been remarkably few injuries, no property destroyed, and the mechanisms of law and democracy are working their way forward. Inevitably, the negative press will make tourism decline somewhat, especially in Cataluña, but most tourist areas and, most of all, the Camino de Santiago have been completely unaffected. If anything, pilgrims are anxious to prove their peaceful intentions, especially in gatherings of travelers from diverse nations. In some ways this might be the perfect time to go.

As of November 4th, the U.S. State Department has no consular warnings or alerts in effect for Spain. If you are concerned about conditions in your destination country, you can enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). There are other benefits in doing that.

New American Pilgrims Local Chapter
and
An Exploratory Meeting Announcement

We're thrilled to announce that the Inland Northwest Chapter has joined our ranks! If you live in eastern Washington, eastern Oregon or northern Idaho, you should check them out! Find them on the Local Chapters page. And if you live in northern Indiana or southwest Michigan, you should be aware that there is an exploratory meeting scheduled to discuss the formation of the South Bend Chapter, Click HERE for all the information! 

Hospitalero Training through American Pilgrims!

American Pilgrims Is pleased to announce that registration is open for its next hospitalero training session! If you've been thinking about volunteering as an albergue host, this is your next opportunity for the required training -  in Sausalito, California, just north of San Francisco, Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11, 2018. If you can't make that one, the next opportunity will be immediately prior to the 2018 Gathering in the South San Francisco Bay area, Tuesday, April 10 through Thursday, April 12, 2018. For further information on either of these sessions and to register for the February session, click HERE!