John and Jacqueline Cutajr have kindly invited the Nebrodi Neve (Feb), Amalfi (June) and Tochar Phadraig (Aug) groups to a Lejla fl-Ghalqa on Friday 8th July 2022. We would meet next to the Maqghluba Church and then walk to their field. Timing will be confirmed closer to the date via a WA group that we’ll form.
John and Jacqueline will kindly provide the BBQ set and chicken wings/legs. We will all take care of the rest (both in terms of food/drink and what we eat/drink in/from).
Those who are interested in joining, can you please fill this form as early as practicable, preferably before end of Day Monday 27th June so that we can distribute well and equitably what people are to bring. Looking forward to your replies:
Shared by Johnnie Walker Santiago | Reflections by Fr. Denis McBride
For those of you fond of both the Camino de Santiago and that which is Celtic and isosteric, then this reflection is for you. Enjoy
For the last 10 years I have set off on a Lenten Camino the day after Ash Wednesday. This year it was not to be. The Camino is closed, no travel is permitted outside of Galicia and many other regions and the vaccination programme has hardly started. I must confess to feeling a little sorry for myself when my friend Fr Denis McBride sent me an invitation to join him for a 20 minute reflection. It is wonderful. One discerning friend has already written to say that it is a “masterpiece”.
Enjoy it. For those suspicious of the title…just listen!
During this #Xircammini #hiking experience we visited Ponte dei Saraceni, Parco dei Nebrodi and North Etna. We were rewarded with snow on the North Etna trek on the last day. We would like to thank Attilio Caldarera (https://www.vaicoltrekkingsicilia.com/) for making this a truly memorable experience.
Thank you John Darmanin for bringing the group together.
We will start Alert #4 by reiterating our thanks to the healthcare fraternity and those around them engaged in halting and healing. We also reiterate our note of caution:
Thanks: We want to thank all the
healthcare professionals, paramedics, disciplined forces, volunteers and all
those engaged in the effort to halt and or heal. Thank you.
Caution: A word of caution to everyone else out there in touch with the healthcare profession. Please be supportive of the efforts and instructions in place. These are there to protect us. Please cooperate fully with the medical fraternity. They are our ultimate line of defense.
General Instructions & Announcements
continue to monitor local, regional and international news and advisories in
order to update our members as necessary.
There is a
general increase in cases mainly in continental Europe prompting more measures
from respective governments.
Santiago de Compostela
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the
Pilgrim’s office have announced today that they will remain closed until
further notice. This coincides almost with the Spanish government’s decision to
declare a state of alert today coming into effect on Saturday.
XirCammini has secured the refund of all payments made by its members to the various accommodation providers for the Camino Norte. This was due to take place next week and we will distribute these to the members shortly.
Latest from Malta
Meanwhile in Malta, the government announced today
that any incoming passengers (including tourists) from any country need to
observe the 14-day quarantine on penalty of € 1,000 per breach.
Any returning trekkers are strongly urged to abide by
the quarantine directives.
Schools closed for a week. Similarly, churches closed and catechism classes suspended; the church arranging for televised and streamed liturgical services. Hospitals and old people’s homes also have restrictions or in some cases a ban on visiting times. This is the latest from the Times of Malta on the government announcements: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/watch-robert-abela-gives-update-on-coronavirus-measures.777839
Gatherings of groups of people, while not prohibited, are actively discouraged. Many of the local trekking groups have cancelled their hikes until further notice.
Local Trekking: Universal Peace Walk 1543AD
After having consulted the persons who were planning
to participate in the event and weighed this against on-going directives and
developments, XirCammini announces with regret that it will be postponing the
Universal Peace Walk 1543AD event of 15th March 2020.
The Committee has taken the decision with great
responsibility as a precautionary measure since the current Covid situation
remains fluid and is constantly developing.
While – until possible to do so – we encourage
exercise in sunlight and fresh air solo or in small groups we also advocate
that interaction with others continues to follow the simple safety principles
advocated by ECDC, WHO and the Government of Malta. XirCammini represented
these principles in all of it Covid advisories (1 -4) contained herein.
XirCammini will refund in full the contribution collected for transport and the Credencial. We ask those who paid and wish to collect the refund to provide us with IBAN details so that we can transfer the € 5 or € 10 contribution back to them.
Practical Prevention Advice
We will end today’s advisory with some practical self-risk assessment / prevention.
The Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) may not show signs of infection for a number of days. By the time they fever or cough manifest themselves Fibrosis may already have taken effect in the lungs.
A simple self-test each morning:
Take a deep breath and hold it for more than 10
If you complete it successfully without coughing,
without discomfort, stiffness or tightness and so on this an indication that there
is no Fibrosis in the lungs; i.e. no infection in the lungs. Slef-check every
The following is a synthesis of a piece from the Stanford hospital board:
If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
This new virus is not heat-resistant. Therefore temperatures of 26/27 degrees will kill it. Sunlight and heat limit the growth or longevity of coronavirus.
A coronavirus induced sneeze can be airborne for about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
Viruses dropping on
a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours. Therefore it is very important to regularly wipe metal surfaces with anti-bacteria wipes and wash hands with anti-bacterial soap.
On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Do not to drink liquids with ice. Keep your mouth and throat moist with sips at 15-minute intervals if possible. Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs.
Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minute.
A lot can happen in 5 minutes. Avoid rubbing your eyes, unwittingly picking nose etc.
Gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
Recognising the Symptoms of Coronavirus:
It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore
throat lasting 3/4 days.
The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters
the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days
With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in
The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You
feel like you are drowning. It is imperative you then seek immediate attention.
Conclusion: A Reminder on Trekking Etiquette
Do not join the trek if you are sick, running a
temperature, have a cough, or experiencing trouble to breathe;
Do not join the trek if you have recently returned
from Italy, Spain, France, Germany or Switzerland. You should be in quarantine;
Avoid any form of physical contact with others (i.e.
shaking hands, hugging, kissing etc.) and try to maintain the 1 metre physical
Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed
hands. Carry and use alcohol-based hand sanitisers, tissues, and other hygiene
products constantly on a trek;
Use soap and water if hands are visibly dirty;
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve
(not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
In the face of all this it is worth reminding ourselves that we are not circumstances and we can choose not to be defined or constrained by circumstances.
Life is a journey | keep walking | keep smiling | keep (yourself and others) safe. Take care.
morning the Official Gazette published the new Prime Minister’s Decree which
extends the provisions and limitations previously applicable to Lombardy and
the other provinces referred to as the “Red Zone” to all of Italy.
made a general examination of the current provisions for the containment of the
spread of Coronavirus. In this article we want to focus on sports activities
and, in particular, on non-competitive outdoor activities, such as trekking,
Nordic walking and mountain biking.
these disciplines where there is an area of doubt in the legislation, it is important to achieve clarity
and to understand what can be undertaken safely and what must be avoided.
What are the activities that are definitely prohibited
1 – paragraph 3 of the Prime Minister’s Decree, which came into force this
morning, expressly prohibits all types of competitive and non-competitive
sports activities, in any sports facility. The following is articulated in a
way that it leaves no doubts:
“Sports events and competitions of all kinds
and disciplines are suspended, in public or private places. Professional and
non-professional athletes can use gyms / training grounds behind closed doors where
it is recognized as being of national interest by the Italian National Olympic
Committee (CONI) and by their respective federations “
1. Prohibits all sporting events, competitions and competitions of all types, both in professional and amateur settings; but
2. Training of professional athletes is allowed only if recognized by CONI or their respective Federations of interest, in view of future sporting competitions, such as the Olympics.
rule continues by providing further indications for outdoor sports: these
activities can be carried out provided that the minimum distance of one metre
between the practitioners is respected and without prejudice to the prohibition
of gatherings of people. The same article states that:
“… sports and physical activities carried out outdoors are allowed only on condition that it is possible to respect for the interpersonal distance of one metre … “
the house to go walking alone, or with the people with whom we share a house,
and immersing yourself in nature or in a street outside the centre is not only
allowed but it could be a great way to combat the stress and anxiety of these
those who are fortunate enough to be in mountain or countryside locations will
be able to take advantage of these days to take long walks in nature.
indoors may not be pleasant, but it is a necessary measure to stop the spread
of Coronavirus. Trekking outdoors can be a valid alternative that allows you to
recover physical and mental balance in these days.
Let’s try to make a short list to better understand what you can do without risk:
walking in nature and, in any case, away from crowded areas.
walking alone or with the people you share your home with.
crowded places and city centres.
advantage of green areas that are located near your homes.
any case, respect the distance of one metre.
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