Behind the Albergue Door: Inspiration Agony Adventure on the Camino de Santiago

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
A detailed and, according to the author's mom, hilarious account of the 5 weeks he and his wife spent hiking the popular 800 kilometre pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, in the fall of 2012. It mixes stories, advice and humour in a way unique among travel books and is a terrific read for past pilgrims, future pilgrims, travel buffs, and those who simply love reading about people in pain. More

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About Dean Johnston

Dean Johnston was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada back around the time Canada was playing Russia in the original Summit Series. Duff Pounder is his pen name but don’t be intimidated, he does other stuff, too. He is a former financial planner who has blogged extensively about his travels and written numerous travel articles and financial resources.

He owns a bike and several pillows. His pet peeves are television commercials for other television shows and getting stung by things. He hates onions yet loves onion rings. Head colds make him sombre, but resolved to concentrate on no longer having a head cold. He plans to continue travelling the world and writing whatever pops into his head. He likes turtles.

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Review by: Lyssa Layne on Dec. 3, 2013 :
This book started off a bit slow but once I got to know the author, I fell in love with the book! He recounts his trip on the Camino in a way that isn't boring and just a description of the scenery around them. It tells hilarious tales and gruesome details of the pain their feet endured. It's definitely something that may be added to my bucket list.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
Review by: LD Locke on Oct. 9, 2013 :
This book is a great mix of humour and practical advice and information. It would definitely be very useful for people thinking about hiking the Camino themselves but I don’t think you need to be planning a hike to enjoy it. It is a fun, entertaining read. And I’m sure that anyone who has already hiked the Camino will completely relate and love it.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Dan Wilshere on Sep. 19, 2013 :
I read the first book by this author and it was hilarious so I jumped at this one as soon as I heard about it. I've never hiked the Camino and never thought I would but after reading this I'm starting to think about it. He doesn't gloss over the downsides but when reading this you can really tell how great the experience was for them, despite all the self-deprecating jokes. Funny and informative.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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